The Great Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT) is a project to convert the abandoned McCloud River Railroad into a scenic multi-use recreational trail for public enjoyment.  Currently, the project is working on 80 miles of railroad right-of-way, from McCloud to Burney and the Hambone spur line. The project is being coordinated by the newly formed GSRT Association with assistance from a coalition of non-profits, including the Siskiyou Land Trust.

Conservation Values.  The trail would provide an outdoor recreation experience for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.  Along the trail would be opportunities for historic interpretation, and nature study of meadows, wetlands, and forested ecosystems.  A special attraction along the trail is the bridge over Lake Britton, made famous by its use in the movie Stand by Me.

Role of the Land Trust.  The Land Trust is one of many non-profits that make up a planning team providing assistance to the core team.  The Land Trust brings conservation and real estate skills to the table.

Current Status.  The Great Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT) Planning Team was formed to help develop a “trail concept plan.” The National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance Program, is providing facilitation services, under terms of a grant to the McCloud Local First Network  When finalized, the concept plan will be a useful tool in guiding development of trail infrastructure, interpretive programs, and the seeking of funds from grantors and other partners.  More information is available at