Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Never actually found the trail. Signage in the Bunny Flat area is really poor. We ended up on one of the climber routes headed to the summit and after a couple miles figured out we were way off track. But the climber route was pretty nice (although very steep in spots).

Worth the hike! Gorgeous view for Mt. Shasta and lake Castle.

Very dry, dusty hike on a wide, dirt road with limited views of Shasta or anything else. Not recommended. There’s much better hiking nearby.

Nice views in few parts of the hike. Doing the entire loop is kind of boring. Great views of Mt Shasta in a few parts.

This hike is absolutely gorgeous - and not too difficult. It’s fairly steep, but short. And I really didn’t find it as difficult to navigate. It’s not incredibly well marked, but if you read a few descriptions and stay generally heading south, you’ll find the lake! We went on a very hot Sunday (go early; it’s not very shaded as others have noted) and it was pretty popular but not crowded.. The views from Heart Lake are spectacular!

I was excited about this new trail that parallels the road, winding through forest, but quickly realized there are much nicer hikes through this area. The hike is sort of dusty and rough at this point; about 1.5 miles in I decided to head back to the car and up to Old Ski Bowl to do one of the hikes up there (Panther Meadows and/or Southgate Meadows - grey butte is also nice), which are much nicer.

Poorly marked; lots of off-trail hiking in the snow (not this year) made this a rather difficult hike. I didn’t mind much tho, the views made up for it. Had Heart Lake all to myself.

this is really an incredible hike. It's not that difficult I would say easy to moderate but some may disagree as there are rocks you have to walk over at times and a slight incline parts of the time. The biggest Beast was actually trying to navigate my way there as I was hiking alone. As other people have said in their reviews it's not a well-marked trail but thankfully I ran into some people and we made it to Heart Lake. It is absolutely stunning with Mount Shasta in the background. Highly recommend this hike. Also be adventurous and hike up the rocks on both sides of the lake so that you can get better views.

also note the trailhead is not the one to the right of the parking lot that is right by the lake there it's all the way at the end of the parking lot if you keep going straight and walk through a line of boulders that almost look like it's blocking off the path that you actually walk in between big rocks and you'll eventually get to a stream that you walk over when you hit that you know you're starting to head in the right direction. But it's about three-quarters of a mile into the trip where the path is not well marked and I wish I could help you navigate it but it's nearly impossible to describe. Oh and by the way the last seven miles of driving to get to the trailhead or absolutely beautiful winding roads.

Beautiful afternoon walk around the lake,wasn’t hot,had a light breeze that made it very comfortable for the 7 mile workout

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view

walking
1 month ago

Lovely views and little development. The trail is easy to follow yet offers several short spurs down closer to the water. Great walk if you’re looking to avoid elevation!

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Fantastic trail! Great views, well maintained. Bridges installed today, though not in time for me; had to wade across while trail crew was working on bridge installation.

Half of it is incline. Great short hike with great views.

mountain biking
2 months ago

no bridge yet, but possible rock hopping

Beautiful views of mount Shasta and on a clear day you can see mount hood!

Beautiful views but difficult to follow trail

We had 6 adults and 8 children. 6 of the 8 kids were under the age of 8. It’s a little over a mile each way. It isn’t a great trail at all. The second half I think is more erosion from run off than it is a trail at all. It was a little confusing as to where to go because of the lack of defined trails and the many areas water had run before. I would visit castle lake again but this hike wouldn’t be on my list. Oh, don’t forget your bug spray.

Great hike, moderate to hard. We started towards the right of the lake where the trail head sign is but got to the dead end, so go left to get to Heart lake! Wear good shoes with ankle support because a lot of the rocks are shaky. Trails are not really marked but we found our way by watching other hikers and using the map on this app. The last climb to the top is pretty scary at the end, so beware if you’re at all scared of heights. Views are worth it though! Will return even to find a quiet cove on the lake. Suggest starting early in the summer months so you’re back by noon or so, not a lot of shade.

We reached Castle Lake around 5pm yesterday and left for the trail in 15 minutes. Very few people on the way, especially after we crossed the Castle Lake overlook. The road is a little confusing but you figure it out after a while. With a little help from Google Maps we reached the heart lake overlook point. Amazing view! Worth the effort.

Awesome trail! Be careful and make sure that the bridges are installed on the west side. There are no warnings.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Nice drive up to the very end of Everitt Memorial Hwy on Mt. Shasta from Bunny Flat, where those that are hiking to the very top start, and to the end of the road to the Old Ski Bowl trail. Absolutely beautiful views of Shasta. Do not miss going to the end of the road.

Usually a VERY busy place, but it’s a beautiful hike! Definitely recommend going, try to sneak up for a sunrise or sunset!

Nice place to stretch your legs, and let the dogs out!

Amazing hike with unreal views. Not to hard ether! Trail is horribly marked

This was an amazing place! We hiked up and camped next to the lake. The bullfrogs were pretty noisy until 2 am. But the views were spectacular!

Tough but worth it

Hiked (in some snow) December 2017. From what the Shasta Ranger Station says, the road up to Castle Lake is usually well maintained during winter months. The hike itself is short and moderately steep. We saw folks ice skating on Heart Lake with views that were incredible. At Heart Lake, we ventured another 10minutes through a roughly established trail (through a few bushes) up the side of the hill to a vantage point that looked down on Castle Lake, Heart Lake, and out across the valley towards Mt. Shasta. The extra 10min journey upwards definitely recommended.

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.

Interesting big time because this is where the headwaters of the Sacramento River begins. It simply starts coming out of the rocks and forms a stream. Confusing pieces of trails here.

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