Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail (Lower)

Lower Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail

Trail Difficulty: Black, Difficult

Trail Length: 3.3 miles one-way downhill

Trail Description: The lower portion of the historic Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail is a multi-use trail that follows the scenic North Fork of the Sacramento River for 3.3 miles. The trail is single track with steep drop offs on the river canyon and extended rocky sections with cobbled rock and small boulders. While most of the trail is challenging, some sections are packed pine needles and less difficult. There are no major intersections off the trail. Halfway down you come to an old road. Climb up for about 150 feet and watch for the trail to continue on your left. The end of the trail also becomes an old road.

Option: After a hard cobbled rock section at the end of the trail, look to your left for a road on the other side of the river. If you walk or wade across you can follow that road back to North Shore Road (on the northeast side of Lake Siskiyou).

Trailhead: Drivers beware: the road to the trailhead is rocky, rutted, and narrow bordering the canyon. From Mount Shasta City take W.A. Barr Road to Lake Siskiyou. The trailhead is ten miles from the dam. Cross the dam and continue with a National Recreation Trail marker. (Note: If you get to the concrete crossing you have gone about 100 yards too far.)

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