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Horse Camp Trail

Horse Camp Trail

While the last stretch of the Everett Memorial Highway may be closed, it is still easy to drive quickly to high elevation at Bunny Flat. From here, you can hike either the Green Butte Ridge Trail or the short path to Horse Camp. The latter is preferable at this point because Green Butte does have some snow on it. Horse Camp, on the other hand, is below the current snow line and is reached quickly. From there you have numerous options for climbing higher. While the hikers headed to Helen Lake and Hidden Valley must contend with some of the white stuff, there is plenty of room to explore the lower areas of Avalanche Gulch without having to deal with any snow.

Category: Easy

Distance: 10.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 7,221 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 738 toward Central Mt. Shasta. Turn right onto W Lake St. Continue straight for a half mile to stay on W Lake St. Take a slight left onto N Washington Drive. Continue straight onto County Hwy A10/N Washington Drive. After 11.1 miles, the trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Beautiful wild flowers when in season, scenic views of surrounding mountains

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Horse Camp Trail (Bubba Suess)


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Horse Camp Trail

While the last stretch of the Everett Memorial Highway may be closed, it is still easy to drive quickly to high elevation at Bunny Flat. From here, you can hike either the Green Butte Ridge Trail or the short path to Horse Camp. The latter is preferable at this point because Green Butte does have some snow on it. Horse Camp, on the other hand, is below the current snow line and is reached quickly. From there you have numerous options for climbing higher. While the hikers headed to Helen Lake and Hidden Valley must contend with some of the white stuff, there is plenty of room to explore the lower areas of Avalanche Gulch without having to deal with any snow.

Category: Easy

Distance: 10.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 7,221 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 738 toward Central Mt. Shasta. Turn right onto W Lake St. Continue straight for a half mile to stay on W Lake St. Take a slight left onto N Washington Drive. Continue straight onto County Hwy A10/N Washington Drive. After 11.1 miles, the trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Beautiful wild flowers when in season, scenic views of surrounding mountains

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Horse Camp Trail (Bubba Suess)