McCloud District Recreation Report 21 October 2020

McCloud District Recreation Report: 

To contact me you can call 530-440-4105 or email me at david.wolfe@usda.gov

Updated 16 October 2020

To all Shasta-Trinity National Forest visitors

A ban on all fires including campfires, outdoor BBQ's (on houseboats also) and smoking remains in place. 

Propane and gas stove use is now permitted on developed recreation sites only National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas which have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites.

Areas near active fires (August Complex - North Zone, Red Salmon Complex, Spring Fire and Fox Fire) remain closed.  Areas of the Shasta McCloud Management Unit are closed for dispersed camping/overnight use until October 31, 2020.

The information below is undergoing updating

    

 

***COVID-19 UPDATE***

 

Gatherings in groups not of your immediate household should be avoided, practice social distancing (at least 6 feet), avoid unnecessary travel, and recreate locally close to your home.

 

Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

 

 

Dispersed Campers:  Dispose of human waste properly.  Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. PACK OUT what you Pack IN and LEAVE NO TRACE.  We are seeing a lot of littering around the unit, please clean up when you leave.

ROUTINE AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE MCCLOUD AND MT. SHASTA RANGER DISTRICT OFFICES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. CRITICAL MISSION OPERATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED ONLINE, BY EMAIL, OR BY PHONE.  PLEASE DO NOT KNOCK ON OFFICE WINDOWS OR TRY TO ENTER ANY BUILDINGS.   IF YOU YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT FIRE WOOD GATHERING, CAMPING, HIKING OR HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU  YOU MAY EMAIL ME AT david.wolfe@usda.gov  I WILL RESPOND TO EMAILS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOU  MAY ALSO REACH ME BY CELL PHONE AT THE FOLLOWING NUMBER:  530-440-4105.  MAP AND PERMIT SALES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT store.usgs.gov . IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CAMPFIRE PERMIT GO TO www.preventwildfireca.org

Camping on the McCloud Ranger District

Fowlers Camp Ground:  31 sites are available for reservation only by going to recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com.  The other 8 sites in the camp ground are first come, first served. Fowlers will be closing for the season on 31 October 2020

Algoma C.G.:  The Algoma bridge has a new weight limit, please familiarize yourself with its limits.  Campground is open.

Camp 4 Group Site: Camping by permit/reservation only (recreation.gov). There is a day use area south of the main camp site that may be used until 6:00 p.m. by all.  Those with a permit are authorized to camp overnight at Camp 4, but not in the Day-Use areas.  Please remain North of the Southern most road.

Ash Camp:  The 11 road to Ash Camp is closed just after the dam.  You have to park in the wide area after the dam and hike 1.5 miles to Ash Camp from there.

AhDiNa:   Hot down there, time for Rattle Snakes and poison oak, be aware.

Trout Creek: Open

Harris Spring:  Open

 Lookout Rentals:

Girard Ridge:    Please go to reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov for reservation information.  The lookout is at about 5000' and has spectacular views of Mount Shasta and Castle Crags.  There is a wood stove, fire pit, pit toilet, and a bed with mattress.  Once reserved at 1 week out you must call for the combination.

Little Mount Hoffman:  Please go to reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov for reservation information.  The lookout is at about 7000' and has spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Mt. Lassen and perches above Little Glass Mountain.  There is a wood stove, fire pit, pit toilet, and a bed with mattress.  Once reserved you must call for the combination no sooner than one week from the date of occupancy.

Roads: The 11 Road (Hawkins Creek Rd.) to Ash Camp and Big Bend is closed to vehicular traffic due to Safety Concerns.  When it will reopen is unknown at this time.  Military Pass and the 31 Road is open. 

Always let someone know where you are going and bring enough supplies (food, water, chains, a shovel, warm clothes etc ) in case you get stuck, broken down, or lost.

Trails:

McCloud River Trail:  Open.  Access can be found at all 3 falls, Cattle Camp swimming hole, or before the bridge at Algoma.  The trail stretches from Lower Falls Day Use and Picnic Area fifteen miles to Algoma C.G.  Along the way you will experience three magnificent waterfalls the Upper, Middle, and Lower, Lakin Dam, and Cattle Camp Swimming Hole.  The trail is mountain bike friendly as well. Avoid groups.

Squaw Creek Trail:  Open. This five mile trail parallels Squaw Creek and (partially) Cabin Creek, as well as mixed conifers and hardwoods.  It takes about 2.5 hrs to accomplish. NO Campfires when we are in restrictions.  This is a beautiful trail with waterfalls, foaming rapids, and wide pools.  Remember to keep practicing social distancing if you encounter other hikers.

Clear Creek, Brewer Creek THs:  Open  Remember you can get permits and passes at the MC or MS Ranger Stations Kiosks during or after hours as well as at the trailheads (when they are stocked for the season) and at the 5th Season in Mount Shasta City.  The best time of year to climb these routes especially if you are thinking of summiting, is early spring from May through June. The Wilderness is in the closure area, no overnight camping.

Keep up to date with current mountain conditions at: http://shastaavalanche.org/ and during the winter visit the Forest website for maps of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile Trails at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/stnf/recreation/wintersports

McCloud Reservoir:  Boat Dock is in, water is high, visitor use is very high.

HAWKINS CREEK ROAD CLOSURE – PUBLIC NOTICE

The Hawkins Creek Road (38N11) remains closed to vehicle traffic along a 2 mile segment below McCloud Reservoir due to ongoing road instability below the McCloud Dam spillway. The closure prevents vehicle access to:

  • Ash Camp Day Use and Campground

  • Pacific Crest Trail

Pedestrian traffic is permitted and vehicles may park before the closure off the roadway leaving access to the base of McCloud Dam which remains open. The closure does NOT affect access to the McCloud Reservoir Boat launch facility, AhDiNa Campground, The Nature Conservancy lands (Closed), Star City or any sites along the McCloud Reservoir. 

Water level in the lake is high.  The boat dock is in, therefore there is a $5 day charge to use the Boat Ramp Facilities.  You may purchase an annual pass at the McCloud or Mount Shasta District Offices once we return to our offices.  We have moved the location of the fee tube, it is on the other side of the parking area by the restroom. When the lake level is low and the islands are showing, points and coves can be hazardous to navigate as they are very shallow and the rocks are jagged, so please be careful.  Remember to be courteous to other recreationists, watch for debris, and obey all State and Federal boating laws. Please be mindful of the boaters who need to launch or dock.

The "Res", as it is called by locals, is a popular fishing lake.  It has a vault style restroom at the boat ramp area with picnic tables and bear proof garbage cans. 

Around the lake, turning left after the dam and down the road a couple miles is Star City CG.  It is a primitive CG, walk in only.  Do not move the boulders and drive into the CG or through the lake bed when the water is low.  Do not camp on private property around the lake.

Do not block the ramp in any way; the red slashed area means 'No Parking'  and remember that the dock and ramp areas are for the loading and unloading of boats ONLY.  Jumping from, fishing from, swimming near, and suntanning on the dock is against Shasta Trinity National Forest rules.  Please do not litter, pack it in, pack it out.  Camping near the Reservior is subject to the two week stay limit and there is no camping at the boat ramp facility allowed, day use only.  Please do not camp on private land.  You need to purchase a day use or annual pass to park at the facility whether you have a boat or not.

Currently the McCloud Ranger District Office is closed for public safety and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Critical operations are being conducted online, by email, or by cell phone.  You may reach me, David, at 530-440-4105 or email me at david.wolfe@usda.gov.

McCloud Ranger Station, SMMU

2019 Forest Road

PO Box 1620

McCloud, Ca 96057

530-964-2184 or by cell 530-449-4105

david.wolfe@usda.gov

Mon-Fri 8-4:30

Closed on Holidays





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