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Description - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is divided into seven ranger districts. In the last few years, the districts have been combined into 'management units.' Shasta-McCloud Management Unit is based in McCloud and contains the McCloud and Mt. Shasta Ranger Districts. This unit encompasses 390,840 acres.

Significant features of this unit include Lake McCloud, Lake Siskiyou and a number of small alpine lakes. Lake McCloud was constructed in 1966 as a hydroelectric reservoir on the McCloud River. It has since become an angler's haven producing fine catches of rainbow and German brown trout. The 430-acre Lake Siskiyou is a favored destination for sailing and fishing, boasting the best trout and bass lake in Northern California.

Attractions - Recreations on the McCloud Ranger District center on the McCloud River where folks come to fish, swim, camp, and enjoy spectacular scenery. There are a half-dozen developed and rustic camping options with amenities that vary from vault or flush toilets, to drinking or no water availability. Complimenting the campgrounds is a scenic lookout, a boat launch, and several key Forest trailheads.

The trailheads of Bartle Gap, Squaw Valley, Ah-Di-Na, and Ash Camp all provide access to the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). Although no formal trailheads of the PCT have been developed on the McCloud District, the trail crosses several forest roads providing good access to hiking and horseback riding opportunities. Trail experiences within the District afford access to the McCloud River, scenic Butcherknife Creek and Deer Creek drainages, Grizzly Peak (6,000+ feet elevation), and Castle Crags State Park.

Recreation - The huge Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities. Some of these include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Climate - Climate on the Shasta-Trinity varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - Shasta-McCloud Management Unit is based in McCloud, California.


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Contact Information:
McCloud Ranger District, P.O. Box 1620, 2019 Forest Road , McCloud, CA, 96057, Phone: 530-964-2184, TTY: 530-964-2692

Additional Information:
Shasta-Trinity National Forests - The Shasta-Trinity National Forests are located in north-central California and headquartered in the city of Redding. The Forests are home to some outstanding natural and geologic features.

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