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Box Canyon Dam & Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

Box Canyon Dam & Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

A short, easy 1.5 mile trail that stays close to the rim of the Sacramento River’s Box Canyon. The trail has many things to recommend it. First, it is a scenic trail that has interesting routing and offers several vistas down into the canyon. Second, it is an easy trail. At just over a mile, it is short and level, making it perfect for a leisurely afternoon excursion. Third, the trail has fascinating historical artifacts, namely an old car and appliance graveyard where the aforementioned items, dating back to the 30’s, are piled up along the trail. Lastly, the Box Canyon Trail includes a spur that offers an exciting descent to the bottom of the canyon, next to the river.

Category: Easy

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From the town of Mt. Shasta, head west on W. Lake, crossing over I-5. At the stop sign, turn left onto Old Stage Road. After 0.25 miles, veer right onto WA Barr Road. Continue south, turning right into the parking lot just before crossing over the dam that impounds the Sacramento River and forms Lake Siskiyou. Walk across the street and look for the sign hanging from a tree, marking the beginning of the Box Canyon Trail.

Highlights: Scenic canyon, old car and appliance graveyard dating back to the ’30s

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Box Canyon Trail (Bubba Suess)


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Box Canyon Dam & Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

A short, easy 1.5 mile trail that stays close to the rim of the Sacramento River’s Box Canyon. The trail has many things to recommend it. First, it is a scenic trail that has interesting routing and offers several vistas down into the canyon. Second, it is an easy trail. At just over a mile, it is short and level, making it perfect for a leisurely afternoon excursion. Third, the trail has fascinating historical artifacts, namely an old car and appliance graveyard where the aforementioned items, dating back to the 30’s, are piled up along the trail. Lastly, the Box Canyon Trail includes a spur that offers an exciting descent to the bottom of the canyon, next to the river.

Category: Easy

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From the town of Mt. Shasta, head west on W. Lake, crossing over I-5. At the stop sign, turn left onto Old Stage Road. After 0.25 miles, veer right onto WA Barr Road. Continue south, turning right into the parking lot just before crossing over the dam that impounds the Sacramento River and forms Lake Siskiyou. Walk across the street and look for the sign hanging from a tree, marking the beginning of the Box Canyon Trail.

Highlights: Scenic canyon, old car and appliance graveyard dating back to the ’30s

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Box Canyon Trail (Bubba Suess)