Gateway Trail

The Gateway Trail

Trail Difficulty:Blue, Intermediate (with difficult sections)

Trail Length:6.8 miles with access to interior stacked loops for additional 3.4 miles of intermediate to difficult trail

Trail Description:The Gateway Trail is a 6.8 mile multi-use cross country trail with constant elevation changes, flowing turns, and short sections of steep descents or climbs.The trail starts at 3,943 feet with a highpoint of 4,375 feet.Despite only a 450 foot difference in elevation between the trailhead and maximum elevation, riders will be physically challenged by constant rollers and never ending turns.The trail—located entirely on Forest Service land—winds through a ponderosa pine forest and provides spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Mount Eddy, and Black Butte.About four miles into the forest, the Gateway Trail connects with a system of user built mountain biking trails known locally as the Tunnel Trail system, which adds an additional 3.4 miles of optional spur trails and creates a partial loop option branching off the Gateway proper.Trails are well marked and the many forest service roads in the area provide alternate routes.

Trailhead:Parking lot located 1.5 miles from the City of Mount Shasta on the right side of Everett Memorial Highway (.9 of a mile past Mount Shasta High School).

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