The city of Mount Shasta, in partnership with the Pacific Crest Trail Association, Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Forest Service, and Mount Shasta Trail Association, is pleased to announce its inaugural Trail Town Celebration, taking place in downtown Mount Shasta on Saturday, July 21.
The event will commemorate the launch of the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Trail Town Program and their partnership with the city of Mount Shasta as the association’s first official Pacific Crest Trail Town. The Celebration will also highlight the abundance of trails in the area around Mt. Shasta that make the region unique.
The trail town program will eventually expand to include other towns along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, one of the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trails that spans California, Oregon and Washington. The program will help economic development by promoting towns as destinations for trail-based outdoor recreation such as day-hiking, backpacking and horseback riding.
The program also aims to promote and improve services in towns for users of the Pacific Crest Trail and other connecting trails, as well as provide opportunities to become involved with volunteer trail-work and advocacy on behalf of the PCT and other trails.
This is also a special year for the PCT as is marks the 50th anniversary since the signing of the National Trails System Act, an extraordinary bipartisan act of Congress in 1968 that established the nation’s first two National Scenic trails: The Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.
The Trail Town Celebration is free to the public and will include many activities, including a guided hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in the area of Gumboot Lake, hiking gear and camping demos, a crosscut saw demonstration, pack animal demos, local recreation and trails information, photo ops, prize drawings, food and beverages, and more.
The afternoon program will consist of local dancers and speakers, and the evening will wrap up with two live bands: Wind Fields and Secret Society Handshake. Free copies of a new Mount Shasta Area Trail Map will be distributed, provided by the Mt. Shasta Trails Association. A schedule of events will be available prior to the celebration.
Please mark your calendars and join the fun on Saturday, July 21 as Mount Shasta celebrates its status as a Trail Town.