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When the Snow Flies
Winter wraps the forest in white and creates an entirely different mood. The Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information website has a plethora of information for winter play enthusiasts.
The Shasta-Trinity offers a snowmobile staging area that accesses 260 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails on three National Forests, plowed parking and a restroom at Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park, northeast of McCloud.
For other snowmobile opportunities, consider the old Ski Bowl on the slopes of Mt. Shasta [link to map]
Cross country skiing has become a very popular winter sport for many people. Cross country skiers enjoy a high degree of solitude and physical challenge. It is not an expensive sport and anyone can participate, no matter what their level of experience.
On Mt. Shasta there are three miles of marked ski trails at Bunny flat and Sand Flat and unlimited backcountry skiing potential. Groomed trails can be found adjacent to the Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park. For related information, visit the website for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center.
There are a number of areas in the Weaverville area that offer good to excellent opportunities for this activity.
No attempt is being made, however, to identify all possible Cross country ski areas. Cross country skiers are free to go anywhere they choose on the National Forests.
The California State Park Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program (CSPGCA) provides funding for the management of OHV recreation in the state of California through grants to cities, counties, districts, federal and state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities.
The program supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, signage, restoration and conservation of trails as well as construction of trailheads, riding areas and other facilities associated with the use of OHVs. The education and safety program will introduce the public to travel management and safe and responsible riding techniques. For more information please visit the website at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/