The Great Shasta Rail Trail

A scenic multi-use 80 mile trail between McCloud and Burney

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Welcome to the Great Shasta Rail Trail


Nestled in pristine mountains and open forests, near creeks and lakes with majestic views of Mount Shasta is Great Shasta Rail Trail.

Linking the mountain towns of McCloud and Burney in northern California, the red cinder trail carried McCloud Railway lumber trains for over a century.  Established in McCloud in 1896, the railroad expanded with timber harvests; trains arrived in Bartle in 1905 and Burney in 1955. The railroad ceased operations on these sections in 2006, making possible this recreational asset.

Thirty-seven miles of the 80-mile trail opened in 2015 – open sections now total 40 miles.  More sections will open within 10 years as bridges are restored. Trail use is for non-motorized activities –  biking, running, walking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and equestrian.

Experience Mother Nature’s sights and sounds as you traverse the trail through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and enchanting meadows.  See iconic landmarks such as the Lake Britton Bridge, featured in the 1986 movie “Stand By Me.”

Prepare for wilderness conditions.  Carry extra food and water and keep your dog on a leash.  The Bartle Cafe offers the only nearby food and beverages.  Cell phone signals can be sparse so tell someone your trail route.

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson