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SISKIYOU PEAKS TRAIL
These updates are effective for guidebooks purchased before 8/22/2020
*New Trail Segment: The Historic Sission Southern Climber's Route (Submitted by Ashly Winchester)
New trail work was completed which removed 0.7m of paved road, 3.4m of dirt road, and 0.6m of cross-country travel. Directions for miles 439-446 of the Siskiyou Peaks Trail now read:
*Sission Climber’s Route Follow in the footsteps of John Muir on the original climber’s route to Mt Shasta. This historic trail was restored in 2019 and includes many new sections of tread.
(439) 4m Sission Climber’s Route: 0.1m before reaching Sand Flat TH, at a junction signed <- Sission, turn downhill. In 1.4m, join an old logging road, then in 0.6m, leave it. Proceed by trail to a hand pump, at McBride Spring. *At times, this pump is disabled by the Forest Service and is therefore not reliable. When closed, access to water is blocked. From the pump, go left at a fork and continue between several campsites. Arrive at a paved road.
(443) 3m Sission Climber’s Route: Cross 2-lane Everitt Memorial Highway then continue descending by trail. Use signs pointing to McBride Spring in reverse as a guide. Avoid several side trails. Reach an unsigned junction onto gravel Lollipop Trail. Go right, pass a sitting bench. In 0.1m, reach Gateway Trailhead.
These updates are effective for guidebooks purchased before 8/21/2019:
NATIONAL TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: From August 14th-August 21st, 2019, the Siskiyou Peak Trail transitioned from a National Scenic To National Recreation Trail Proposal.
*New Market Owners, Happy Camp, CA - Section 2/3:
Perry's Grocery in Happy Camp, CA has changed owners and is now called the Kingfisher Market. Official Press Release.
*New guidebook clarification - State of Jefferson Scenic Byway:
For the first 2.8m of Section 3, the SPT follows the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, locally signed as Grayback Rd. Reports indicate that the sign once marking the Scenic Byway at the pass is no longer there. Either way, the road will still get you to Happy Camp, CA or Cave Junction. OR to resupply. For details about the SJSB go here.
These updates are effective for guidebooks purchased before 10/10/2017
*New grocery store listing - Safeway - 0.4m from Mile 0:
After being closed for a few years, the Ashland, Oregon Safeway has reopened its doors and is located 0.4m southeast of Mile 0, on Siskiyou Blvd. Open from 6am till midnight!
*A new segment of trail has been built - Section 1 - Split Rock Trail:
Miles 14.3-17.3 - Previously defined as XC, these miles now contain a full-blown trail. Work to complete the Split Rock Trail was done in 2017, by Rogue Valley Runners.
*2 Brush Alerts have been removed - Red Buttes Wilderness:
New trail work has been completed along the Boundary Trail which removed overgrowing brush along the trail...and 2 alerts from the guidebook! See data points (64.2) and (78).
*FIRE ALERT - Siskiyou Wilderness:
The Clear Fire of 2017 has affected parts of the Clear Creek National Recreation Trail. Fire closures for No Man's TH and Devil's Punchbowl have been lifted. Portions of this trail were burned. (Stay tuned for a first-hand report of this section.)
*New lodging option added - Happy Camp, CA:
Tent camping is available for $15/night at the Bigfoot RV Park, located across the street from the post office and Perry's Grocery. Showers included.
*Trail Reroute - Marble Mountain Wilderness:
Portions of the trail between Sky High Lakes and Red Rock Valley have suffered significantly due to fire. This section of trail has not been maintained and has been rerouted. From the divide junction with the PCT, near White Marble Mountain, stay on the PCT for 2.5m then descend into Red Rock Valley on the Red Rock Trail. (See map 31)
*New Bypass added - Trinity River crossing, at the end of Section 5:
If high-water is encountered at the Trinity River crossing, continue following the Eagle Creek CG's access road downstream, 1m, to a junction. Turn left and cross a bridge over the Trinity River then reach Hwy 3 and go north, 1m, back to the route. (See map 55)
These updates are effective for guidebooks purchased before 12/28/2015
*New guidebook addition - Farmer's Markets:
Mile 0 – The Ashland Rogue Valley Farmer’s Markets: Visible from Mile 0. May-Oct. Saturdays, from 8:30am-1pm. To reach the Tuesday Market from Mile 0, continue up Main St for 5 blocks to E. Main, then go left onto it and proceed 06m to 1420 E. Main St. This one runs Mar-Nov, from 8:30am-1:30pm.
(21m) from Mile 92 – Cave Junction Farmer’s Market: Held every Friday in Jubilee Park. Located at 3075 Junction Ave. Market runs April-Sept, from 4-7pm. (See p, 43)
Mile 221.4, 243.6, or 343.2 – Etna Farmer’s Market: Continue 1 block past Diggles St to Collier St. Take Collier NW to Hwy 3. Market is year-round and held in the Dotty’s Restaurant parking lot. Saturdays, from 10am-12pm. (See p. 75)
Mile 291.1 or 343.2 – Weaverville Farmer’s Market: Held at Lowden Park, on Washington St, SE the Hwy 3/299 junction. Runs May-mid Oct. Wednesdays, from 4-7pm. (See p. 81)
(5.5m) from Mile 382.8 - Dunsmuir Farmer’s Market: On Dunsmuir Ave. June-Oct. Thursdays, from 4-7pm. (See p. 113)
Mile 411 – McCloud Farmer’s Market: This market is passed en route. Held at the McCloud General Store. Located on the corner of Broadway and Minnesota Ave. May-Oct. Saturdays, from 11am-3pm. (See p. 113)
From Mile 371.9 or 448 – Mt Shasta Farmer’s Market: Held on Mt Shasta Blvd in the heart of downtown. Located 3 block past Berryvale. Runs June-Oct. Mondays, from 3:30-6pm. (See p. 103)
That's all for now.