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Gateway Trail Loop



10.6 mile 17.0 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,040' 317 m
Descent: -1,040' -317 m
High: 4,393' 1,339 m
Low: 3,936' 1,200 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Brighton Loughlin


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A mostly wooded, multi-use trail that combines with the tunnel trail network.

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One of the most popular cross-country rides in the Mount Shasta area that is entirely singletrack. This varied loop route combines smooth berms with slightly technical rock gardens, creating an ideal afternoon ride.

Need to Know

Cross the gravel road diagonally at the angle the trail brings you into it at. This loop will not require any shuttling.


Head out on the Gateway Trail from the parking lot and enjoy the views as you wind through the beginning of the route. It crosses a few old roads, so just continue on the singletrack you started on. As you progress further on the trail, you'll encounter a couple slightly steep, rocky sections that contain some technical turns.

Later along the trail, you'll find a sign on a tree signifying the Zap Trail turnoff on your right, ignore it as you'll ride that segment of the Zap Trail on your way back. As you curl around through the dense forest, the trail will cross another old road. Continue across the road and take the Gateway Trail (the one on the right) as the sign identifies.

Then, you'll ride straight into the Tunnel Trail, as you'll see on a sign, turn left onto it and follow it as it leads up and right, don't turn left onto My Trail after your initial turn to the right. Shortly after, you'll see a trail going left with a sign signaling "Gateway Trail." Follow that trail up until you take a slight turn right on a slightly less clear trail climbing directly up the hill. That trail will tie you in with the main Gateway Trail you were on earlier as you head back on it the way you came.


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May 10, 2020
Siouxsie Rice
Windy!! — 10h 30m
Sep 28, 2019
Keith Bielat
This is a FUN trail! Nice solid blue rating. Nothing too technical, nor too steep. Fun flowy downhills. Can see why this is a featured ride! 13.4mi — 1h 00m
Sep 13, 2019
Brittany Block
Beautiful easy ride in Mount Shasta — 2h 00m
Jul 17, 2019
Zak Stoldt
Aug 27, 2018
Michael Sturtevant
Next time I'd connect to pig farm from tunnel instead of connecting back to gateway on the return section. 10.6mi
Jun 30, 2018
Carlos Perez II
Awesome singletrack with rock gardens! So awesome! I did this loop my Fuji Jari Gravel Bike with 700x40 tires! 10.9mi
Jun 23, 2018
Ian Mahaffey
Awesome trail. Little bit of everything: switchbacks, berms, kickers, dense forest, open chaparral, good views of Shasta. One Important Note: ZAP… 12.6mi
May 26, 2018
Dimitri P
Best MTB trail ever gone on. Amazing views, really fun. Lot of banks and rocks. 12.2mi

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Gorgeous views of Mt Shasta.
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View of Mt Shasta.
Sep 10, 2017 near Mount S…, CA
A local rider finishing the end of his loop at sunset.
Apr 17, 2016 near Mount S…, CA
The beginning of the short windy descent that is the Zap Trail.
Apr 25, 2016 near Mount S…, CA
The beginning section of the Marley Trail.
Apr 27, 2016 near Mount S…, CA


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