Sisson Callahan

(Sisson Callahan) CreekSide North fork of the sacremento river

Lower Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail

Trail Difficulty: Black, Difficult. Single track with steep exposed sections

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 and rocky sections with cobbled rock and small boulders. Use caution. 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: 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 on the paved road, which becomes Road 26. About five miles from the dam you will cross the South Fork of the Sacramento River, then in .1 of a mile turn right onto Road 41N53. In .2 of a mile turn right at the fork. Continue on dirt road 41N53 and ignore spurs off to the right and left for another 4 1/2 miles (a total of 4.6 miles from paved Road 26). Sections of the road are in poor condition. The Sisson-Callahan trail drops off from the road edge on your right, marked with a National Recreation Trail marker. If you get to the concrete crossing you have gone about 100 yards too far.


  1. Steve Diaz says:

    04/18/2015 So…….. my wife and I did the trail today. Due to the recent rains the trail was more than challenging. There were very few feet of packed pine needles. I would rate us as solid intermediate riders with good equipment. Right now I would try to dissuade anyone but skilled technical riders with good equipment from riding the trail. I only fell once but the ride wasn’t all that enjoyable. The trail was pretty much exclusively rock or pretty eroded and steppy. There were at least three trees down across the trail and an area that had been all but obliterated by a series of trees that had fallen lengthwise in the trail. There were a couple of spots where the trail had sloughed and were marginally passable. I’m not sure who maintains these national heritage type trails. I’m guessing that it’s the Forest Service or a National Trail Foundation of some sort. Right now this trail needs a lot of love

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