Redding, CA 96002
Spectacular mountain scenery can be found along the entire route of the 9 mile Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail. Mt. Shasta rises to the east and Mount Eddy lies to the north. No less spectacular are the views of Castle Crags to the south and the Trinity Alp to the west as seen from Deadfall Summit. The trail crosses Deadfall Summit above Deadfall Lakes at the 8,020 foot elevation. Spring hikers may find snow at the summit and be able to enjoy the fragrant azaleas in bloom along the North Fork portions of the trail. Mountain meadows and a variety of conifer species occur through the area. Water is plentiful and campsites are found at frequent intervals. Fishing is popular along the North Fork of the Sacramento River which the trail follows, and at Deadfall Lakes near the western portion of the trail.
The Sisson-Callahan is one of 47 National Recreation Trails in the National Forests in California. The National Recreation was established by Congress in 1968 to promote public enjoyment and appreciation of the out-door areas of the nation. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in December, 1979, most of the Sisson-Callahan Trail follows a portion of the historical route from the town of Sisson (renamed Mt. Shasta) to the mining town of Callahan.
Cattlemen, prospectors and trappers who came into the Upper Trinity Area from Scott Valley first established the trail in the mid-1800's. The trail was constructed around 1911 shortly after the creation of the Shasta National Forest. The trail linked the Callahan Ranger Station with the Forest Headquarters which was in Sisson (Mt. Shasta) at the time. The trail provided a much shorter route for Forest officers traveling between the two stations than the wagon road From Sisson to Gazelle and then up Willow Creek to Callahan. A telephone line was also maintained along the trail between the two stations. The trail also served as access to a Forest Service lookout on Mt. Eddy. The lookout was abandoned in 1931. The original Forest Service trail blazes may still be seen along the trail.
Beginning a 3,500 feet near Lake Siskiyou, the Sisson-Callahan Trail climbs to the 8,020 foot Deadfall Summit, the drops to 7,200 feet to tie in with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The trail can be traversed by foot or horseback. Walking from Parks Creek Summit to Lake Siskiyou is a good all-day trip for the average hiker. This route is all downhill from Deadfall Summit. The first half-mile of the trail above Lake Siskiyou is on private land. Please respect the rights of the private landowner.