Explore the most popular hiking trails near Mount Shasta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Unmaintained and filled with trash at old campsites. Trail stunk too...shame campers couldn't clean up after themselves. Trail is hard to find- as in there are plants and baby pines growing in middle of single track trails. I didn't make it all the way...conditions were unsavory and made it unenjoyable for a solo hiker. If someone who knows the way could make rock stacks or pointers-- it would help a lot!

snowshoeing
15 days ago

First time here for snowshoeing. Incredible views, pretty easy hike, we will be back for sure!

Absolutely beautiful in the snow. I recommend wearing snow shoes towards the top. Is a little tough but worth it. Heart lake is covered in snow and unable to see but the view of Shasta and it’s surrounding mountains is incredible.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice easy morning hike with beautiful weather. There’s some snow, so it’s a little slippery. Easy to see all the snow mountains nearby.

This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Northern California. It’s always worth the extra effort to make it up to Middle Ridge overlooking heart lake, castle lake, castle crags, black butte & Mount Shasta. Only downside is that castle lake can be crowded at all times of the year & the road to the lake is closed in mid winter - perfect for snowshoers seeking solitude though.

Stellar snow shoe, worth hiking past the lake up the ridge to see views of the backside of Castle Crags.

1 month ago

Off road for about 2 miles to get to trailhead so you need clearance. I saw some civics at parking lot. Great quick and intense hike with a great Shasta view once at the top. I recommend this hike to anyone. Lots of rocky portions where the trail is scaling over pure 4 foot boulders. Still pretty easy even with snow.

Beautiful short morning hike. Nice incline at first with great views. Easy- mod. Brought the pup!

Extremely rocky at points, a little tough to navigate with two pups, but with incredible views the entire hike. The steady incline was challenging but subtle enough I hardly noticed it. With the snow I could have easily lost the trail, except that other hikers had worn the path well. Great hike.

2 months ago

The map indicates the wrong road approach to the trailhead. It involves a dangerous rail crossing and private property "no trespassing" signs. The correct approach to the trailhead is from the Everitt Highway. See guidebooks for the safe roads.

Stunning hike with incredible views of Shasta, Castle Crags, Castle Lake and Heart Lake. We clocked this hike at 3 miles round trip, rather than the listed 2. Trail is quite steep in places and elevation gain was closer to 850'. It's easy to lose the trail ~1 mile up; other hikers have tried to help by placing rock barriers in multiple places where the path appears to diverge as well as rock stacks to help guide you, but the path is still easily lost in places.
Lake was frozen solid 11/11/18

Amazing hike super short but beautiful and historic!

We did Bunny Flat through panther meadow campground (on the hardball) up to Gray Butte. Had lunch on Gray Butte, awesome views up there! Very few people up that high this late in the season, so it was nice and secluded. Gray Butte and back was right at 7.2 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of the Mt. Easy going trail, mostly flat. Not sure where 6.5 miles came from, we showed 8.24 miles. The lake is really low this time of year.

on Lake Siskiyou Trail

2 months ago

I enjoyed so much the view of Mt. Shasta. I would have enjoyed more with less people walking their dogs. Besides Mt. Shasta view and the bridge, the trail is not really impressive.

this Trail is an oak tree Haven. beautiful trail with amazing views.

This was a little tricky to find, but we managed just fine. The ruins are cool, and the falls are great. The actual falls were beautiful and the hike itself was not too bad. I did have my 8 and 9 year old kids with me, and found the trail down to the falls a little narrow. I will be returning to scramble along the creek on the boulders some more; there are so many exploration opportunities.

Amazing bang for your buck! So beautiful! The trail is crazy hard to keep track of but just bring an adventurous attitude, stay to the right and south and use this app to stay on track., you'll find it! So worth it!

Loved this hike. Did it with my son on my back and the lake is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful fall colors, amazing views. Easy flat hike around 7 miles. But...we lost the trail several times, especially at the boat dock. We had to go into the camp ground and ask around. It took 4 people before we found anyone that knew where the trail was.

I give it 5 stars but I got lost on my first attempt. I started at the south gate trailhead and completely missed the right when you reach the forest. I followed rock carins for a ways down the slope and realized there was no trail there after reaching the valley at the bottom. I did come across a really cool slime mold along the way. I went back the next day and started from the panther meadow trailhead and completed the hike and tried to make obvious trail makers hopefully to prevent anyone else from missing the turn. The hike was absolutely beautiful.

My dog loved this walk around the lake!

Easy fun hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

I attempted this climb several years ago in January/February time frame. It was my first mountaineering trip, and definitely a memorable experience. I went with four guys, one got strep throat, one got a bad knee, and then the two of us that were remaining got stuck in a wicked snow storm. Ended up digging a snow cave up near Helen Lake, and turned around the next day. Hope to return some day and reach the summit.

This is a hike I first did decades ago and recently rediscovered it in 2018. It has great views, passes through beautiful meadows and by old growth trees. It is fun to find the old trail blazes and sections of trail, but the terrain is easy going so a trail is not required on the first part from the starting point to the Sisson Callahan Trail in the North Fork Sacramento valley. The rest is on trail. Finishing the hike by passing Toad Lake provides a possible way to cool off at the end. The Siskiyou Wanderers will be doing this one again.

Nice trail

on Lake Siskiyou Trail

4 months ago

Great acclimation hike mostly in shade with great views of Mt. Shasta.

Awesome hike from castle lake to heart lake! very scenic, would probably be better on a week day at sunrise. It was a little crowded during the week.

great quick hike! but it was very smoky today. the smoke seems to come and go.

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