We will start meeting at 7:45 am, form into carpools and depart by 8:15 am, to be on the trail by 10:00 am. This hike is one of the more scenic hikes along the PCT in the Mt. Shasta area. We will be able to view several lakes along the trail, as well as different views of Mt. Shasta, the Trinity Alps and Mt. Eddy. There are several meadows and saddles as we make our way to Porcupine Lake or Toad Lake, which is .2 miles further and in plain sight.
My hiking book says the hike is 12 miles round trip, and while it has been years since last doing this hike, I think 8-10 miles round trip is more accurate.
To reach the trailhead take I-5 North to the Central Mt. Shasta exit. Head west & south on Old Stage Road, then W. A. Barr Road. Follow Road 26 past Lake Siskiyou. Gumboot Lake on the left 13 miles further, continue on another 2 miles to the parking lot/trailhead on the right.
As with all hikes, bring plenty of water, lunch, trail snacks, and because the weather can change at any time a light weight rain coat. Sun screen, good hiking boots, hat, camera and binoculars for a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
**We will stop in Mt. Shasta or Dunsmuir on the way home for dinner and celebration of a day well spent.
** This is completely optional. Should the day be too long carpool with those not interested in stopping.