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Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail

Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail

The lower portion of the historic Sisson-Callahan The trail is single track with steep drop offs on the river canyon and extended rocky sections with cobbled rock and small boulders. While most of the trail is challenging, some sections are packed pine needles and less difficult. There are no major intersections off the trail. Halfway down you come to an old road. Climb up for about 150 feet and watch for the trail to continue on your left. The end of the trail also becomes an old road.

Category: Medium

Distance: 5.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,109 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: From Mt. Shasta City, head north on I-5 past the town of Weed to the Edgewood exit. Turn left and cross under the freeway to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto Old Highway 99 toward Gazelle. In 0.3 mile, turn left on Stewart Springs Road and drive 5 miles. Just before the Stewart Springs Resort, turn right on Road 17 and cross over Parks Creek. Stay on this narrow paved road for approximately 10 more miles to the summit of the divide. On the left (east) side of the road is the Parks Creek Trailhead.

Highlights: Great views of the North Fork of the Sacramento River, azalea blooms in the early summer

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Sisson Callahan Trail (Bubba Suess)


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Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail

The lower portion of the historic Sisson-Callahan The trail is single track with steep drop offs on the river canyon and extended rocky sections with cobbled rock and small boulders. While most of the trail is challenging, some sections are packed pine needles and less difficult. There are no major intersections off the trail. Halfway down you come to an old road. Climb up for about 150 feet and watch for the trail to continue on your left. The end of the trail also becomes an old road.

Category: Medium

Distance: 5.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,109 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: From Mt. Shasta City, head north on I-5 past the town of Weed to the Edgewood exit. Turn left and cross under the freeway to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto Old Highway 99 toward Gazelle. In 0.3 mile, turn left on Stewart Springs Road and drive 5 miles. Just before the Stewart Springs Resort, turn right on Road 17 and cross over Parks Creek. Stay on this narrow paved road for approximately 10 more miles to the summit of the divide. On the left (east) side of the road is the Parks Creek Trailhead.

Highlights: Great views of the North Fork of the Sacramento River, azalea blooms in the early summer

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Sisson Callahan Trail (Bubba Suess)