McCloud River Falls & Outdoor Activities in McCloud

To hike along the McCloud River Waterfalls, we recommend beginning a Lower Falls, and hike the round trip, spending time at each of these beautiful waterfalls. The hike is considered easy to moderate, and is just shy of a 4 mile round trip. An easier option is to hike round trip from Lower Falls to the bottom of Middle Falls. This relatively flat, 2 1/2 mile trip offers spectacular views and photo opportunities.  If you are not up to hiking, you can still see all three Falls by driving the McCloud Falls Loop, then walking a short distance to the overlooks of each waterfall. 

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City of Mt Shasta


In 1854, the first name of the town was Berryvale, after the fields of wild strawberries growing in the area. In 1887, the name was changed to Sisson after J.H. Sisson, the owner of a lodge there and the man who laid out the town when the railroad came through the area. The name was changed to its current name by a vote of the residents in 1922. The headwaters of the Sacramento River are located in the Mount Shasta City Park. The water flows into Cold Creek which is the northern most feeder stream of the Sacramento River. 

Castle Lake, Little Castle Lake, and Heart Lake


Castle Lake, Little Castle Lake, and Heart Lake are located about 12 miles southwest of Mount Shasta. Castle Lake is an easily accessible clear alpine lake in a granite bowl is surrounded by pine forests located high in the Eddy Mountains west of Mt. Shasta. Little Castle Lake and Heart Lake can be reached by following the trail past Castle Lake on up the moderate grade to a spectacular view of Mt. Shasta.

Lake Siskiyou


Small mountain lake located four miles west of the city of Mt. Shasta. Fed by five pure mountain streams, this 430 acre recreational and sailing lake, with a 10 mph speed limit, offers some of the best bass and trout fishing in Northern California.

Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery; Sisson Museum


Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery is the oldest operating hatchery in the West. Large open ponds hold Rainbow and Brown trout raised to stock mountain streams, rivers and lakes for fishing. View spawning on selected Tuesdays during fall and winter months. Sisson Museum is adjacent to the fish hatchery and takes you back in time to the colorful past of the Strawberry Valley. 

Mt. Shasta Ski Park


Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Take a drive up to the Mountain of Fun at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, with 425 acres of ski-able terrain via 32 different trails. Enjoy night skiing on 14 trails and 2 lifts. Mt. Shasta Ski Park has terrain parks for all levels of skill: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. 


Medicine Lake


Pack a picnic, and plan a day visiting Medicine Lake. Just a little more than an hour from McCloud, Medicine Lake offers boating, and fishing. The Lake is a shield volcano and offers unusual volcanic terrain as well as a beautiful, clear mountain lake for swimming and fishing access.

The elevation of the lake is 6,700 feet, and the covers nearly 600 acres. The water is crisp and clear.

Glass Mountain


Covering 4,210 acres east of Medicine Lake, this volcanic glass flow has been designated as a Special Interest Area for its unique geological feature – glassy dacite and rhyolitic obsidian flowed from the same vent simultaneously without mixing. Glass Mountain exhibits the results of multi-stage volcanic activity so recent that there has been no modification by weathering, erosion, or vegetative cover. 

Take care not to handle or walk on the obsidian, as a slip can cause a serious puncture or laceration 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival


One hour to Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.  Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation.



World-class wild trout fishing along the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers

McCloud Golf Club


McCloud Golf Club is a regulation length 9-hole golf course, which has separate tees on the back side to create a fun and challenging 18 hole experience.

McCloud Chamber of Commerce

Year round outdoor activities in McCloud, Numerous hiking and biking trails, golf course, volcanic caves, world-class fly fishing, Mt. Shasta Wilderness glaciers and climbing opportunities, are all available within a short drive from McCloud. 

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