With this route you get to see a little bit of everything; lots of different types of terrain, occasional great views, and nice trails.
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Start at the south end of the Brandy Creek Marina parking lot and head south on the paved road you just came in on. Continue on the marina access road until it ends at South Shore Drive. Turn left.
At the intersection with Brandy Creek Road (just after passing over Brandy Creek) hang a right on Brandy Creek Road and head up the hill. The road very quickly turns into an unpaved road. Peltier Valley Road takes off steeply to the left, take that road and "start" climbing.
At the top of the grade, take the fire road/trail to your left. It continues to climb for a short while. Note: stay on the trail (fire road is not well pronounced).
Next, take the trail to the left leaving the faint fire trail. Some more climbing before the steep descent. At the top - time for the steep "Gas Can" descent, some singletrack, lot of fire road...some beautiful views of the lake on the way down. Stop and take a picture.
The Gas Can empties onto the paved South Shore Drive, back at near lake level. Take a right on South Shore Drive. After crossing the dam, take a right on Paige Bar Road.
Just after a low point in the road, the road intersects with a singletrack trail. Take the trail to the right, the trail will be mostly in the historic canal until it intersects with Peltier Valley Road. Take a left onto Peltier Valley Road. Paige Mill Road is just ahead...
At the intersection with Paige Mill Road, cross Paige Mill Road and head through the large parking lot and trailhead. At the east end of the parking lot, at the picnic tables you'll see a trail heading up the hill, take this trail.
Head up on Mt. Shasta Mine Trail
and just after the picnic tables the trail intersects with a fire road that heads up the hill. Catch your breath before this uphill grind.
After a short steep climb on the fire road you'll see a marked trail that veers off downhill to the right. Rest a bit and then take this trail. Fun old school downhill ahead.The downhill ends at a small creek - cross the creek and shortly after the trail tees with the Prospect Trail.
Take a left on the Prospect Trail and cross another creek again before starting a short, rocky uphill climb. The Prospect Trail ends/starts at Mule Town Road - take a left towards Old Shasta. The Buckhollow Trail (note the sign) starts on the right side of the road. Take this trail.
Just after one of the creek crossings, the Buckhollow Trail intersects with Mule Town Road - take a right on Mule Town Road.
Just before Mule Town Road starts to climb (after two creek crossings) the Clear Creek Canal Trail
takes off steeply to the left. Take this trail...for nearly all this is a short hike a bike section before the trail empties into the historic canal at the top of the hill.
The canal trail intersects with Paige Bar Road - continue across Paige Bar Road, stay in the canal trail.
Stay straight at the intersection with Propsect Trail on the Canal Trail. Stay left at the intersection, the paved Paige Bar Road is just ahead. Head across Paige Bar Road, staying on the Canal Trail.