South Gate Meadows Trail
The most interesting trail on Mount Shasta is the Squaw/South Gate Meadow Trail. There are not many developed trails on the mountain which is surprising based off of the size. Most trails follow old roads up to the tree line and then fade into unmaintained routes used by climbers. This trail is one of the most popular and is a fabulous destination that is only reached by a maintained trail. There are multiple spring fed creeks along Shastarama Point, Thumb Rock and Konwakiton Glacier.
Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 7,900 feet
Route Type: Out & Back
Directions:From the I-5 Central Mount Shasta exit, travel .7 mile east on Lake Street and then follow the curve as the road becomes Everitt Memorial Highway, which runs another 13.5 miles to the Panther Meadows Campground.
Highlights: Incredible views of Mt. Shasta, beautiful meadows and creeks
Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Squaw Valley Creek Trail (Bubba Suess)