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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.

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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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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 Pecoski
Best MTB trail ever gone on. Amazing views, really fun. Lot of banks and rocks. 12.2mi
May 2, 2018
Ash N
Dec 30, 2017
PJ Garadis
Sep 3, 2017
Chuck Aude
Aug 19, 2017
Norbert Barbosa

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