Skip to main content

Once Upon a Trail

03/03/2014 08:29PM ● Published by Paul Boerger

Story and photo by Paul Boerger

The Fairest Hikes of All

Mount Shasta offers an incredible variety of hiking and biking experiences, from the sublime to the extreme. In the highly accessible sublime category is the seven-mile trail that circumnavigates Lake Siskiyou.

There are trails that have lake views, meadows, forests, bubbling streams, places to swim, bicycling, hiking or a casual stroll, snow-capped mountain views, dog walking and the occasional picnic table. Lake Siskiyou has all of the above with convenient parking and trail access only a few miles from the city of Mount Shasta.

There are many options for beginning the trail, including parking at North Shore Road, but the most popular are the dedicated parking lots off WA Barr Road on either side of the dam. Local folks do short sections from a variety of entry points. 

The trail in both directions from the parking lot south of the dam is an enjoyable, non-strenuous adventure that older kids can negotiate. The easiest route heads west toward the campground first. If you head toward the bridge first, a steady uphill climb is required at the Lake Siskiyou Resort and Camp. Whatever way you go, approximately 90 percent of the trail is basically flat, making for a fun, scenic seven-mile circuit. Entry points for a swim are too numerous to count.4

Heading toward the campground from the parking lot south of the dam, the trail is wide and flat. At the pond and bubbling stream, where many people simply take a break and head back, the trail narrows and swerves up and around toward the campground.

At the campground, the trail can get confusing, but heading down toward the lake to the end of road will get you to the next section. At the lake dock, a sign sends you north to a section of the trail where seasonal temporary bridges (placed when the winter melt flow has eased) take you across three streams.

Past the streams, the trail heads through the woods to the meadows area, past Kids Lagoon, so named for a sheltered area of the lake that offers safe shallow water for kids to play, and on to the bridge. The trail sign is not obvious past the lagoon, but look for it nearer the parking lot than North Shore Road. If you miss it, North Shore Road will take you to the bridge.

The bridge was only built two years ago, the final section that completed the trail all the way around the lake. Initially disliked by some for its modern configuration, the bridge has become a popular gathering spot. Be aware, however, that it is unlawful to jump off the bridge.

Across the bridge, the trail heads up and parallels WA Barr Road to the dam. Crossing the dam is the only section of the trail that requires using a road. A stop on the bridge on the other side of WA Barr Road provides a great view down a steep river canyon, one of the beginning tributaries for the mighty Sacramento River.

The trail offers sweeping vistas of the lake, fall colors in season, clear rushing streams, and narrow tree lined paths amid the woods, all overshadowed by 14,179-foot, snow-covered Mt. Shasta. More than a decade in the making, the Lake Siskiyou trail has become a Mount Shasta landmark that should not be missed.

Getting there: Interstate 5 to the main city of Mount Shasta exit. Head west to South Old Stage Road, south on South Old Stage Road, taking the WA Barr Road right fork when the road splits. For the described trail, cross the dam and park in the lot on the right just around the bend. The parking lot offers a trail map.

Recreation, In Print mount shasta hiking lake siskiyou trail hike wa barr road north shore road
  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/19/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Vine and Dine for Parks

    10/19/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    The Redding Parks Foundation invites you to come and enjoy Vine and Dine at Redding's City Hall. ...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Vinyl Night

    10/19/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Vinyl Night! Join us downtown the first and third Thursday of every month. We are going to ditch ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/23/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/24/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/25/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Reformation at 500

    10/25/2017
    10:20AM

    Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day comme...


  • Shasta College 2017 Human Library Event

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion; come to the library and we...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    10/25/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Kids' Turn

    10/25/2017
    06:00PM — 07:30PM

    Kids' Turn is a six week workshop held one night a week that offers divorce education and childre...


  • Joan Osborne

    10/25/2017
    07:30PM

    Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation --bo...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/19/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Vine and Dine for Parks

    10/19/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    The Redding Parks Foundation invites you to come and enjoy Vine and Dine at Redding's City Hall. ...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Vinyl Night

    10/19/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Vinyl Night! Join us downtown the first and third Thursday of every month. We are going to ditch ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/20/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    10/20/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • REDDING-Come see the dramatic theatrical event of the Fall season! This October Shasta College is...


  • The Wildcat Granfondo

    10/21/2017
    07:30AM — 07:00PM

    The GranFondo has its roots in Italy and loosely translates to "big ride." Riders ranging from el...


  • Return of the Salmon Festival

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Free event for the whole family including children’s activities, natural resource information, an...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/21/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Art & Soul Festival

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    JOIN US for the 2017 Art and Soul Festival at the Center for Spiritual Living 1905 Hartnell Ave...


  • Enjoy Makerie

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Meet us at the Makerie! Where hand-selected artists, musicians, farmers and craftsmen will share ...


  • The ASPCA & Subaru have teamed up to help find homes for shelter animals! If you’ve been wanting ...


  • Congressional District 1 Candidate “Meet & Greet” Location: Community Room Shasta - County P...


  • The Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels Organization 16th Annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser is hosted ea...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    10/21/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • French-Italian-Jewish-Greek-German-Irish Andy Ooley, Bob Cosindas, Pat Karch


  • Off the Charts with Pat Karch

    10/21/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Music featuring ; French-Italian-Jewish-Greek-German-Irish And paired with delicious wine!


  • REDDING-Come see the dramatic theatrical event of the Fall season! This October Shasta College is...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/22/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Beginning Encaustic Workshop

    10/22/2017
    11:00AM — 04:00PM

    On Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, Mt. Shasta artist Cathy Valentine will teach a workshop ...


  • Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser For Krystal Marie

    10/22/2017
    05:00PM — 06:30PM

    Please join us on Sunday, October 22nd from 5-6:30pm as we host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for...


  • REDDING-Come see the dramatic theatrical event of the Fall season! This October Shasta College is...


  • Travis Tritt

    10/22/2017
    07:30PM

    Country soul singer Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the '90s, blending...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/23/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/24/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/25/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Reformation at 500

    10/25/2017
    10:20AM

    Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day comme...


  • Shasta College 2017 Human Library Event

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion; come to the library and we...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    10/25/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Kids' Turn

    10/25/2017
    06:00PM — 07:30PM

    Kids' Turn is a six week workshop held one night a week that offers divorce education and childre...


  • Joan Osborne

    10/25/2017
    07:30PM

    Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation --bo...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/26/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Reformation at 500

    10/26/2017
    10:20AM

    Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day comme...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/27/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Reformation at 500

    10/27/2017
    10:20AM

    Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day comme...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    10/27/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • Fly Fishing Film Tour

    10/27/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    The world's best fly fishing films are coming to the Cascade Theater on Friday, October 27. The ...


  • Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated

    10/27/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival continues its seventh season with a program celebratin...


  • Search for the Spawning Salmon

    10/28/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist Matt Johnson for a walk along Clear Creek to observe...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/28/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Reformation at 500

    10/28/2017
    10:20AM

    Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day comme...


  • Halloween Goat Yoga Party

    10/28/2017
    04:00PM

    Come celebrate Halloween with costumed-goats, yoga, costume contests (including a dress-a-goat co...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    10/28/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • GNRM HARVEST OF HOPE

    10/28/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    SPONSOR A TABLE EARLY AS THEY GO FAST FOR THE GOOD NEWS RESCUE MISSION’S NINTH ANNUAL HARVEST O...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/29/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Silver Screen Classics Party

    10/29/2017
    06:00PM

    A Movie, A Party, An Experience! Party at 6:00pm, Film at 7:30pm Combine your love of film w...


Enter to Win!

 
Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: South Valley Living
Wedding Style Guide 2017
Enjoy Magazine Facebook
Enjoy Magazine Instagram Instagram
Enjoy Magazine Pinterest Enjoy Magazine

Enjoy Our Sponsors