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Sission-Callahan National Recreation Trail, Shasta-Trinity NF, CA (Jul 2nd - Jul 8th 2017)

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The Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail winds ten miles through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest from the Sacramento River canyon up into the mountains of the Trinity Divide. Designated a National Recreational Trail in 1979, the Sisson Callahan is one of 47 National Recreation Trails in California's National Forests. Marked by granite spires, grassy meadows, clear alpine lakes and sparkling mountain streams, the trail climbs from 3,500ft near Lake Siskiyou up to Deadfall Summit at 8020ft then drops to 7200ft where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail. From the trail there are breathtaking scenic views of the Castle Crags, Mt. Eddy, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen and the Trinity Alps.

The trail was first established in the 1800's but became an official Forest Service trail around 1911 shortly after the creation of the Shasta National Forest. Used frequently by Forest Officers the trail provided the shortest route between the Callahan Ranger Station in Scott Valley and the Forest Headquarters on Mt. Shasta. Original Forest Service blazes can still be seen along the trail.

Our service project will be assisting the Forest Service maintain the Sisson Callahan Historic National Trail by rebuilding a rock retaining wall, clearing brush, repairing tread, and constructing and cleaning water-bars. We will set up a base backcountry base camp by our vehicles in the beautiful Morgan Meadows area and hike 1-2 miles every day to our work site. Our the off-day we can hike to surrounding scenic vistas, find a remote mountain lake, and enjoy the wild!

This project is rated as a strenuous project.


Jul 2nd - Jul 8th 2017

Service Project

Trail maintenance, rebuilding a rock retaining wall

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Free Days

Hiking, exploring various lakes for relaxation or swimming, rest and relaxation in the mountains!


Backcountry car camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Hiking, digging, bending, lifting, cutting, long day hikes


Jerry Lehman
Aidalicia Swertferger

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