McCloud River Loop

Mount Shasta, California

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The Forest Service has gone out of its way to improve the McCloud River Loop for wildlife viewing, especially at Fowlers Campground and Lower Falls. Upper Falls is worth a visit, although getting a good view of the falls is a bit difficult. Specialty birds: Resident—Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, American Dipper. Summer—Wood Duck; Osprey; Western Wood-Pewee; Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

McCloud River Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Forest Service has gone out of its way to improve the McCloud River Loop for wildlife viewing, especially at Fowlers Campground and Lower Falls. Upper Falls is worth a visit, although getting a good view of the falls is a bit difficult. Specialty birds: Resident—Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, American Dipper. Summer—Wood Duck; Osprey; Western Wood-Pewee; Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Mount Shasta
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Late April through June.For breeding birds, April through July; for raptors, November through February.
Local Contacts: McCloud Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to McCloud River Loop

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May 2018