Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest

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Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Shasta, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 miles
2,654 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




horseback riding

trail running




wild flowers


Start where the trail crosses FR 41N53 just before the road ford across the North Fork of the Sacramento. The trail climbs near the river for about 0.4 miles before leaving an old skid road and switching back. (Many miss this turn) After just less than a mile the trail reaches an old campsite and starts to pass through meadows. At 2.5 miles it crosses the North Fork (now a creek) At about 3 miles there is a split in the trail: the Historic Sisson-Callahan Trail continues straight and eventually crosses the PCT at the low saddle at the upper end of the North Fork valley. The branch to the right is the Sisson-Callahan NRT: Take it. (Look for the historic white and green trail sign pointing to Deadfall Lakes and Mt Eddy Lookout) After about 5 miles and 2600 ft of climbing reach the trail crest above the Deadfall Lake. If desired you can continue to the lakes or turn right and take the trail to the summit of Mt Eddy (1 mile and 1000 ft higher)