Another wildfire smoke filled visit, while making my way through Shasta-Trinity National Forest. For weeks, I was certain half of my trip would need to be re-routed due to wildfires. Somehow, someway, I managed to get awfully close to the fires while still keeping on course with all my national forest and national park destinations.
That said, my entire time in California left me craving a winter or early spring visit, when conditions are a little less dry and the forests feel a bit more alive with fresh air.
Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
- McCloud Waterfall Trail – a 3.5 mile easy hike to three lovely waterfalls. And wildflowers, if they’re in season.
- Mount Shasta Trail – this 10.6 mile trail takes you on a difficult, technical hike/climb/scramble to the summit of Mount Shasta.
- Mt. Shasta Wilderness – a wilderness area with a snow capped, dormant volcano standing over 14,000 feet.
- Post Creek Lookout – this rustic cabin sits on a ridgeline above Beegum Gorge and is available to rent. Tucked away in the forest, you’re certain to have a relaxing adventure!
- Trinity Scenic Byway – this scenic drive follows Highway 299 from Shasta to Blue Lake. Known as the route from the Valley Oaks to the Redwood Coast.
What are you favorite hikes and places to explore in Shasta-Trinity National Forest?