Gorgeous Views Hiking the Lake Siskiyou Loop
This multi-use trail system crosses three bridges to circumnavigate beautiful Lake Siskiyou with views of the lake, Mount Shasta, and surrounding mountains
Trail Difficulty:Â Easy
Trail Length:Â 7.3 miles
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Trail Description:Â This multi-use trail system crosses three bridges to circumnavigate beautiful Lake Siskiyou with views of the lake, Mount Shasta, and surrounding mountains. The trail alternates between shady forested areas and open, expansive views of the lake.Â The two pontoon bridges at the north end of the lake are in place from mid-May to mid-November. At other times of the year, the distance one way on the north shore to the delta is 2.2 miles and the distance following the southwest shoreline is 4.4 miles to the delta. The trail is a mix of dirt hard pack, pine needles, and gravel with some short paved sections.
The trail is marked but can become confusing through the campground area where there are several intersecting trail systems. Some hikers use the road to bypass the beach and campground areas and rejoin the trail at the marina. Outhouses, restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar, restaurant, and store are on the route.
Special Features: The Wagon Creek Bridge (photo below) is a feature onto itself, although it provides good views of the lake and Mt. Shasta. Â Along the trail are views of woodlands, meadows and the lake with Mt. Shasta and surrounding mountains in the background. Great place to swim on hot summer days.
Directions to the Trailhead: From the Central Mt. Shasta exit on I-5, go 0.2 miles west to the intersection of Hatchery Road and Old Stage Road. Turn left and go 0.3 mile to a fork in the road. Stay to the right on W.A. Barr Road. For the north shore segment go 0.7 miles and turn right on North Shore Road. Go 1.0 miles and either park along the road or go farther along the road to designated parking areas. For the south shore segment go 1.4 miles on W.A. Barr Road and either park next to the tennis courts or go 0.6 miles further and park in the designated area on the right across from the road to Castle Lake.
You may want to mention that you can only walk completely around the lake about two months out of the year, from July to September. Two of the bridges are temporary and are only put up for tourist season.