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Great Shasta Rail Trail corridor.

Project Information

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Steve Schweigerdt
Trail Development Manager
Western Regional Office


Great Shasta Rail-Trail
Years: 2010 to present

McCloud to Burney, Calif.

Shasta Land Trust; Save Burney Falls; McCloud Local First Network; Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership; National Park Service RTCA

Project Deliverables
Concept Plan, railbanking assistance

Trail Description
The Great Shasta Rail-Trail would follow the McCloud Railway Company right-of-way through 80 miles of scenic forests that stretch from McCloud to Burney and provide increased recreational opportunities to residents and visitors to Shasta and Siskiyou counties. It would connect to the Pacific Crest Trail, Burney Falls State Park and the McCloud River recreational area. Various locations along the trail allow scenic views of natural landmarks, such as majestic Mt. Shasta and Burney Mountain. The McCloud River, three waterfalls, Burney Creek, Lake Britton, Rim of the Lake Springs, wetlands, volcanic buttes and lava flows offer a variety of natural resources along the way.

Project Description
RTC has assisted the project core team during the last two years with railbanking advice and organizational structure as they have negotiated with the railroad and secured the majority of purchase funds to acquire the right-of-way. With negotiations coming to an end, RTC will work with the core team and the National Park Service RTCA program to develop a conceptual plan and complete a public planning process that will allow development of the corridor into a trail.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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Washington, DC 20037