Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead

MODERATE 6 reviews

Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mount Shasta, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Hike this recently-cleared historic (1870's) trail, originally called the Sisson Southern Trail, between the City of Mt Shasta (once known as Sisson) and Sand Flat on the southern side of Mt. Shasta. It connects there with the trail to the Sierra Club cabin at Horse Camp. It is a 3100 ft elevation change. The section below Everitt Memorial Highway is home to a mother bear and two cubs, so dogs should be kept away until the snow falls. This is a hiking trail that follows historic tree blazes as well as portions of a 1950's logging road in some areas. The route is not signed, so be careful to look for junctions between true trail and logging roads. This trail was originally created by early Mt. Shasta climbers and horseback riders to reach timberline, and then on to the summit of the mountain, including John Muir. This trail is shown on historic topographic maps.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

This is a really nice hike. Since I like to do things the hard way, I hiked up instead of down. The location of this hike allows several options - today I parked near McBride Springs campground (where the trail crosses Everitt Memorial) and hiked an out-and-back on the upper section. (From the campground, follow the trail that says "water" to find the trail.) There are some patches of snow left, and really nice view of Mt. Shasta and the Eddies near the top. The trial is unsigned, but easy to follow. In a bigger snow year, there would be a lot more snow on the upper part of this trail, which might make it more difficult to follow.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This is an easy hike, but beware, there are lots of unmarked spur trails that loop all around the area. Luckily, majestic Mt Shasta and the Eddys offer great visuals for keeping you headed in the right direction. My Labs and I are always happy to have another dog-friendly trail to choose from!

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