Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near French Gulch, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles
538 feet

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Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive south on Kennedy Memorial Drive towards Whiskeytown Dam. The road forks. Take the left fork which becomes Paige Bar Road. Do not take the right fork over the dam. The trailhead and parking lot are about one mile farther on the left, across from Peltier Valley Road.

1 month ago

Nice hike. I really wanted to come back at night to see the bats come out of the mine! :)

4 months ago

Awesome! We started at the trailhead by the sign. The first third of the trail was kinda blah, goes right next to a paved road on several sections. But once you hit the old mine (fenced off and apparently filled in) the scenery gets beautiful and you follow several different creeks and hit a few waterfalls (at least in March). The last third has you gaining elevation and skirting around some peaks, and winding back down to the parking lot. We ran into one other hiker and 2 mountain bikers during our couple hours there.

5 months ago

Great trail. Slow moving creek. Had the trail to myself.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail- felt a bit strenuous, but I’m also 8months pregnant. Beautiful creek, mines, and vista views!

10 months ago

An awesome trail with some cool views and interesting history. We walked the trail backwards (clockwise) with our 2 dogs. A steep climb to start off and gradual elevation changes until the end. The old gold mine close to halfway through provided a nice place to have a snack and read about its history.

trail running
10 months ago

Recommended by a family we met hiking yesterday. What a fun challenging three miles for me and Murphy and Billy.
No water this time of year (end of summer) so that's a bummer for the dogs but I'm sure it will be great when there's some water running through. Lots of rocks on the Orfino Gulch section but nothing dangerous, just wear good shoes. #tenlegstosunset

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nice quick trail run.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lovely trails, with plenty of blackberries at the trail head and along the way to snack on. It was middle of summer, so no waterfalls or creek flows for me, but beautiful trees and views of Shasta Bally and the other mountains. At one point you can see clear down towards Igo and Gas Point!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 2017
Well maintained trail. Nice mixture of shade and sun, with a few moderate sections. View of the lake from a far distance at the end only. No waterfalls. No summits. A nice quick workout. I walked the 3 miles stopping occasionally to explore in 1.5 hours.

trail running
Sunday, April 02, 2017

The section that follows close to the road has lots of pooled up water, but I would think that will dry up very soon. Also there is a good bit of poison oak surrounding the trail, so keep an eye out. Other than that it is a nice quick trail to run!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Waterfall is awesome.

Monday, February 27, 2017

new family favorite! we had 4 years to 42 years if age in our group and this hike was perfect for all. hidden waterfalls, and cool old gold mine finds...and a few breathtaking Vistas. we will be back!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This loop is fun I have done it three different times now. It is better to do in the spring or winter time rather than in the summer. Some parts of the trail can be misleading on which path to take.

Monday, December 26, 2016

great hike with lots of small seasonal creeks and terrific view from the top of Whiskey town Lake

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Easy hike with a few short, rocky sections with a decent incline. Beautiful green foliage, outstanding panoramic views of Whiskeytown Mountains. Takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pretty easy hike, not much shade in the summer heat. The old mine shaft is fenced off but you can get close enough to feel the creepy factor.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great hike with some amazing views. Some steep terrain at times. Couldn't imagine mountain biking the trail unless you rode the opposite of the suggested direction..taking a left instead of a right at the head of the trail due to the topography.

mountain biking
Friday, April 25, 2014

Good trail for a quick ride. Has some elevation gain. Popular with horse riders as well

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