What You Need to Know About the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking enthusiasts from all over the world flock to California for its incredible trekking opportunities. If you’re one of these visitors, you definitely won’t want to miss a hike down the Pacific Crest Trail! This 2,650-mile hiking and equestrian trail spans all the way from Mexico to Canada and through three U.S. states, including California. Read on to learn more about the Pacific Crest Trail and how you can enjoy what it has to offer during your stay at the Railroad Park Resort.

While planning your journey down the Pacific Crest Trail, don’t forget to request your free copy of our Dunsmuir Vacation Guide! This downloadable guide is filled with our area’s top activities and attractions including local dining, shopping, outdoor recreation, events, and more. Whether you’re a traveler on the trail or looking for a relaxing getaway, this guide is ideal for planning your next visit to Dunsmuir, CA.

What You Need to Know About the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is an international treasure and one of the most popular hiking routes in the nation. Thousands of hikers use the trail every year to traverse across the beauty of the desert, the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and the deep forests of Northern California and Washington. Not only does it provide some of the best views in the west, but it encompasses everything there is to protect in the natural world. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is a dedicated group of outdoor enthusiasts and volunteers who are passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the area and one of the best experiences on Earth. Adventure, nature, and friendship await!

The Pacific Crest Trail in California

While some hikers complete the entire trail within a season, others decide to only travel a few miles. During your time in Northern California, you won’t have to travel far to experience the Pacific Crest Trail for yourself. There are several access points near Dunsmuir, CA, one of the most popular being Castle Crags. There are also three established access points within the Mt. Shasta community. Here is a quick look at the access points and where you’ll find them:

  • North Soapstone Trailhead (Road 39N45) from Road 26 near Fawn Creek.  
  • South Soapstone Trailhead (Road 39N44) from Road 25 near Castle Creek crossing.  
  • Soda Creek Trailhead in Castle Crags State Park.  
  • Bob’s Hat Trail or Flume Trail from the Castle Crags State Park Ranger Station.  
  • Milt Kenny Trail from the Castle Crags State Park Campground.

Take a look at this Pacific Crest Trail map for a more visual representation of the trail and it’s access points near Dunsmuir.

Rest Your Feet at the Railroad Park Resort

After a long and rewarding day spent on the Pacific Crest Trail, we invite you to come back to Dunsmuir and rejuvenate at our unique resort! Since 1968, the Railroad Park Resort has brought the glory days of train travel back to life. During your stay with us, you’ll enjoy unique accommodations in vintage train cabooses or the peaceful campground and RV park. Our Dining Car Restaurant is also one of the most interesting eateries in Dunsmuir and provides diners with exquisite menu options in a setting that is reminiscent of railroading. It’s everything you need and more for an unforgettable escape to northern California.

Book your favorite accommodations at the Railroad Park Resort today! We look forward to welcoming you to Dunsmuir soon.