Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead

MODERATE 3 reviews

Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead is a 5 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.

5.0 miles
13 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running




Hike down this recently cleared historic (1800's) trail between the City of Mt Shasta (Sisson) and Sand Flat on the southern side of Mt. Shasta. This is a continuous 3100 ft drop! 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 blazes and is forced to use early 1900's logging roads in some areas where the trail was obliterated. The route is not signed so be careful to look for junctions between true trail and logging roads. The assumption is that this is a trail John Muir used to access the higher elevations. This trail is shown on historic topographic maps.

4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!