Eventually, the Great Shasta Rail Trail will provide 80 miles of non-motorized terrain between the towns of McCloud and Burney. The trail will wind through historically and environmentally notable terrain and will be open year-round, allowing for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding but also cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Currently, there are two open sections: a 26 mile track from Esperanza Road in McCloud to Hambone and another 10 mile trail from Burney to Lake Britton. At Lake Britton you can cross the famous “Stand By Me” bridge, which was featured in the 1986 movie of the same name. The aim is for the entire trail to be ready and open for use in 2016.
Bikers should be advised that road bikes or bikes with narrow tires are not advised, as some of the trails are loosely packed and harder to negotiate. Also, be advised that there are no service stations, so you will need to bring your own water.
MORE INFO: GreatShastaRailTrail.org