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Whitney Falls Trail

Whitney Falls Trail

The Whitney Falls Trail accesses the lower flanks of Mount Shasta’s northwestern side. Although the trail was initially constructed to serve as an approach to the climbing route that ascends the Whitney Glacier, today it functions primarily as a hiking trail that leads to an overlook of Whitney Falls, one of the four named waterfalls on Mount Shasta. The reason for this change in function is twofold. The primary reason for the change is sporadic glacial debris flows that were released from the Whitney Glacier and burst violently down Whitney Creek.

Category: Easy

Distance: 3.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: From the beginning of Highway 97 in Weed, drive northeast for 11.8 miles. Turn right onto Bolam Road, which is also Forest Service Road 4321. This is the last major turn to the right before Highway 97 intersects County Road A12 on the left. Once on Bolam Road, proceed 0.3 miles to an intersection, staying to the right. Continue 3.7 miles to the roads end at the trailhead.

Highlights: Flowing waterfall, lava flow capped canyon

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Whitney Falls Trail (Bubba Suess)

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

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