Gray Butte Trail
Gray Butte Trail is a moderate 3.5 mile round trip hike out of Panther Meadows that passes a sacred Native American site and old-growth forest on the way to an expansive view and is the only dog-friendly hike on the mountain. Stunning views stretch in all directions, follow the line of the Cascades to their southern terminus and the region of Lassen Peak to the southeast. Look west to Castle Crags, the Trinity Divide, and the Trinity Alps. The stark steepness of Shasta itself looms to the north.
Length: 3.5 miles round trip
High Point: 8129 feet
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
When to Hike: late June to late October
Directions:From I-5, take the Central Mount Shasta exit. Merge onto Lake St. and head east for 1 mile, passing through the intersection with Mount Shasta Blvd. As the road bends to the north, continue onto Washington Street for 0.1 miles before continuing onto Everitt Memorial Highway. Once on this road, continue for about 12.5 miles to the Panther Meadow Campground for the Panther Meadow trailhead.