Upper Goosenest Trail #5701
ElevationAscent: 986' 301 m
Descent: -256' -78 m
High: 8,266' 2,520 m
Low: 7,313' 2,229 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“An easy run to stunning views of the north face of Mount Shasta and Northern California.”— Bruce Hope
Follow FR 45N22 (always the most tracked and most obvious) for 6.5 miles to a junction with FR 45N30 on the left. There’s a small hiker sign at this junction that says “6.5 Miles.” Turn left (north) on FR 45N30 for 2 miles to a cinder pit. Make a hard right at the cinder pit and go another 1.5 miles to an unsigned junction with FR 45N72Y. Turn left (west) on to 45N72Y and go 0.6 miles to the official Goosenest trailhead.
From the official trailhead (this can be confusing to reach—see driving directions in "Need to Know"), the main trail climbs for 1.3 miles through several switchbacks and level stretches to the western rim of the summit crater. From here, an obvious use trail (actually an old road) goes along the southern edge of the rim for 0.5 miles to the summit. Views start along the main trail and just get bigger and bigger as you reach the rim and climb toward the summit. Pick a clear day for your run and you can see for 100 miles!
You can return back along the southern rim or follow a faint, but easy, use trail down the northern rim back to the main trail - allowing you to circle the nest.
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Land Manager: USFS - Klamath National Forest Office