Shasta-Trinity National Forest begins snow grooming operations

Contact(s): Joe Orosz, Public Affairs Specialist

REDDING, Calif. – Winter has arrived and snow is beginning to accumulate at higher elevations of the forest providing a wonderful opportunity to enjoy winter sports and recreational activities on public lands. Forest employees have begun snow grooming operations on portions of the roughly 250 miles of established snowmobile trails connecting the Klamath, Modoc, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

While these trails are groomed primarily for snowmobiles, they are also perfect for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. When encountering other user types on the trails, please maintain a safe distance and be respectful to other users.

These recreation areas do have limited plowed access points during the winter months and winter hazards may occur such as avalanches, falling trees, limbs or snow from the trees above. Private logging operations may occur during the week in some of these areas. Because of these safety considerations, the public is encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and contact the McCloud and Mt Shasta Ranger Districts in advance for specific warnings or closure information. To learn more about winter recreation opportunities on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and view a PDF version of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile map which highlights routes, warming huts and cell phone reception areas, visit:

To learn more about the area services provided by the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center visit:



The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.