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Old Ski Bowl Trail

Old Ski Bowl Trail

The 14-mile Everett Memorial Highway from Mount Shasta City ends in a parking lot at  the site of the  now defunct Mount Shasta Ski Bowl, which operated from 1958 until 1978, when an avalanche took out the lifts. Picnic tables and stunning views greet summer visitors; even in a low-snow year, the white stuff lingers at these altitudes. Dogs are allowed anywhere within the Old Ski Bowl as defined by its ridge lines.  A web of trails and old service roads leading over talus slopes is available to hikers with dogs. Most popular is the steep, 2.5-mile round-trip climb (1,300-foot elevation gain) to  Green Butte, a 9,193-foot perch offering, on a clear day, crystalline views of Castle Crags, the Trinity Alps, the Cascades and Lassen Peak.

Note that some of the roads leading up to the trailhead may be closed for the winter season.

Category: Medium

Distance: 3.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 879 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 738 toward Central Mt. Shasta. Turn right onto W Lake St. (signs for Central Mt. Shasta). Continue straight to stay on W Lake St. Take a slight left onto N Washington Drive and then continue straight onto County Hwy A10/N Washington Drive. After 13.9 miles, take a slight right onto Everitt Memorial Hwy. Trailhead will be on the right.

Highlights: Hike through an old ski route, stunning views of Mt. Shasta

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Old Ski Bowl Trail (Bubba Suess)

(530) 926-4511 (Mount Shasta Ranger Station)

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