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Castle Crags Wilderness- This 10,500 acre addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System contains towering spires, steep-sided canyons and a few alpine lakes.
Mount Shasta Wilderness- The Mt. Shasta Wilderness was established in 1984 with the passage of the California Wilderness Act. This 38,200 acre wilderness contains many unique geologic and scenic features.

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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 Mount Shasta Ranger District center on the two designated wilderness areas of Mount Shasta and Castle Crags. Dominating the landscape for several hundred miles in all directions, Mount Shasta looms 14,162 feet, a beautiful snow-cloaked massif, second only to Mount Rainier in height among the famous Cascade Range volcanoes. No trails lead up Mount Shasta, but trails provide access to the Wilderness and the foot of the mountain.

Sheer granite cliffs, towering spires reaching up to 7,200 feet, and steep canyons hide five small alpine lakes in Castle Crags Wilderness. Covered with fields of brush and a few wet meadows in the heads of several creeks, the vegetation on the east, west and north slopes consist of pine, Douglas fir, spruce and cedar. More than 300 species of wildflowers have been identified in the Wilderness, including the Castle Crags harebell, which blooms nowhere else on Earth. Rattlesnakes, black bears, deer, and squirrels abound, as do ticks. The Wilderness shares its southern border with Castle Crags State Park. You'll find 27.8 miles of maintained trails starting from nine trailheads. The Pacific Crest Trail rambles for 19 miles through the area.

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:
Mount Shasta Ranger District, 204 West Alma , Mt. Shasta, CA, 96067, Phone: 530-926-4511, TTY: 530-926-4512

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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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