Mount Shasta Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This trail travels easy, graded forest roads on the east side of Mount Shasta before swinging around the south side of the mountain to finish in the town of Mount Shasta. Although most of the trail is suitable for passenger vehicles in dry weather, there are a couple of places where highclearance is preferable: A section of wide shelf road around the south side of the mountain is a little rough for passenger vehicles and the Ash Creek crossing is in a dip on a slight rise. It is impossible to see until you are right on top of it, and vehicles traveling at more than a few miles an hour will risk damage on the sharp dip. Although a small, carefully driven passenger vehicle may be able to negotiate this crossing when the water level is low, highclearance is definitely preferable. If the water level is high, usually in spring and early summer, the crossing may be impassable to all vehicles. Special Attractions: Easy trail around the east and south sides of Mount Shasta; Excellent views of the mountain and access to hiking trails that climb to the summit; The trail is part of a network of winter snowmobile routes and is close to the Deer Mountain Snowmobile Staging Area; Mount Shasta Ski Park and cross-country ski area. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."