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    553 m
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    12.4 km
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    Rainbow Ridge Loop


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    The Rainbow Ridge Loop is an excellent adventure for intermediate hikers and families with older children. Open year-round, this route can be enjoyed in sunshine or snowfall, offering the same amazing views of Mount Shasta dominating the skyline.

    Route Description for Rainbow Ridge Loop

    Immerse yourself in the wilderness and disconnect from the stressors of the real world along this scenic adventure. Traveling through lush woodlands and meadowlands, this dirt route attracts explorers of all sorts, from off-roaders to bikers and hikers. Though stretching through the forestlands, the wide route exposes adventurers to the effects of the sun, so be sure to wear SPF! The road itself is explicit, but the intersections are poorly signposted, so the trail GPS may prove useful.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Rainbow Ridge Loop travels along the Deer Creek- Rainbow Ridge Route. Soon after your departure from the trailhead, you will confront a junction, keep left here, wandering along the curves of Deer Creek. Let the soothing sounds of the gurgling waters relax you as you hike, and eventually, the path will divert east away from the picturesque creek. More intensely climbing, the Deer Creek- Rainbow Ridge Route will wind up to an epic overlook of Mount Shasta. Marvel in the beauty and grandeur of the volcano dusted in snow.

    From here, merge onto the Rainbow Ridge Trail, heading southeast. Gradually descending, the path will ultimately redirect hikers west, leading them back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Rainbow Ridge Loop Trailhead

    This hike departs from the trailhead off North Shore Road 40N27.

    Route Information

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:

      Older Children only

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