At a recent Forest Service meeting in Mt. Shasta, 150 people showed up to voice their support of a new proposal that would add 45 miles of new trails to the area. The proposal was put together as a joint effort by the Mt. Shasta Trail Association and the Forest Service.
Following the meeting, the new proposal received a $420,000 grant from the McConnell Foundation to move forward. And, just like that, the Mt. Shasta trail system is about to get much better.
A local forest service said that on any given day, 7 of 10 trails in the Mt. Shasta area are at capacity. With 45 new miles of trails, the love will be spread out much more. Here is a map of the new trail system:
“Our goal with the trail towns program is not only to promote communities as rest and resupply stops for long-distance hikers,” said PCTA communications director Scott Wilkinson, “but also to benefit local economies by helping towns near the PCT promote themselves as destinations for hiking and other outdoor recreation.”
The official introduction of Mt. Shasta as a trail town will occur on July 19th of this summer. Under the program, hikers on the 2,650-mile PCT will be guided towards the town as a place to rest, re-up on supplies and maybe get a nice shower. This should be a nice boost to the local economy as well as an official endorsement of Mt. Shasta as a great outdoor town.
These great improvements to Mount Shasta are welcomed to improve the outdoor activities in the area and cement it as NorCal's premiere outdoor destination. A big thanks to everyone involved!
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