F.A.Q's - Siskiyou Peaks Trail
How long is this trail?
What is the longest waterless alert?
9m. When approaching Mt Shasta.
How many opportunities to resupply are there? 12
How many Farmer's Markets are accessible from the trail?
There are 7 in all. 2 of these are passed en-route and 5 are located along an official resupply option.
What are the current trail tread percentages?
XC (non-maintained) = 5%
Trail = 69%
Dirt roads (open & closed) = 19%
Roads = 7%
Are there any bike-packing options on this trail?
What is the current FKT for this trail?
26 days - set in 2013 by Aria Zoner.
Is this an easy trail to hike?
With proper gear, adequate health, and backcountry navigation/survival skills, yes, but if any one of these things is missing, it may be difficult in places.
Are permits required anywhere along this trail?
Yes, to summit Mt Shasta and to build a fire anywhere in California.
*Wilderness Permits are required to enter the Mt Shasta Wilderness. They are free and available at both the Clear Creek (if going Sobo) or at the Sand Flat Trailhead if going NoBo; or at the Mt. Shasta and McCloud Ranger Stations.
A seperate summit pass is also required to go anywhere above 10,000 feet. They are $25 for a 3-day pass or $30 for an annual and available for self issue at all OPEN trail heads.
Is this really a National Recreation Trail?
No. It's a proposal for one.
Why? Were you hoping it was?
You see, some people out there want this trail to stay wild, for it to be an adventure that only the hard-cores can do - people who can navigate by map alone, climb steep grades without switchbacks, and handle a little road walking here and there.
However, there are also people who want to see this trail become an NRT. They want to see these wilderness areas further designated and protected for future generations to enjoy, they want to help revitalize the old corridors and passages that are utilized by this route in connecting them, and they want to see official trail badges here & there plus a few new trail segments built for locals to enjoy that would also eliminate some of this trail's road mileage for thru-hikers.
What would you like to see?
Either way I'd love your feedback.
Where can I find additional information about this trail?
Download my Peakbagger's Guide to the SPT here.