Forks of the Sacramento River to Gumboot Lake Trail

Mount Shasta, California

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The South and Middle Forks of the Sacramento River are an angler’s dream in fishing season and a snowshoer’s paradise in winter. Most of this remote and isolated snowshoe route allows you to look down on this highest stretch of the icy clear Upper Sacramento River as it bounds over boulders and rinses rock slabs. You’ll have so many close-up views of pristine pools, frothy rapids, charging cascades, and mini-falls that you might have to factor in more time for taking extra photos. The numerous views eastward of Mounts Shasta and Shastina will likely use up some film on partly cloudy or clear days.

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"The South and Middle Forks of the Sacramento River are an angler’s dream in fishing season and a snowshoer’s paradise in winter. Most of this remote and isolated snowshoe route allows you to look down on this highest stretch of the icy clear Upper Sacramento River as it bounds over boulders and rinses rock slabs. You’ll have so many close-up views of pristine pools, frothy rapids, charging cascades, and mini-falls that you might have to factor in more time for taking extra photos. The numerous views eastward of Mounts Shasta and Shastina will likely use up some film on partly cloudy or clear days."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mount Shasta
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Mount Shasta Ranger District, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Seven Lakes, USGS Mumbo Basin

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