Salt Creek Loop Trail. Follow the right fork if you wish to connect to the Mule Mountain Pass section of the Shasta
Trinity Trail. This section of the Shasta Trinity Trail will take you to Swasey Drive near the bow hunter’s club after
about two and a quarter miles of travel.
If you choose to continue on the Salt Creek Loop Trail to the left of the fork, you will soon come upon a short,
steep ascent. You will then travel downhill to arrive at the first of six crossings of Salt Creek. During the winter or
other periods of heavy rainfall, these creek crossings can be quite dangerous. This section of the trail is much
safer during the late spring, summer, and fall, when the creek is low enough to rock-hop or wade across. It is not
recommended during the winter or early spring.
The Salt Creek trail ends at its connection to Buck Hollow trail, where you will come to another fork. Follow the
trail to the left and you will shortly come out on Mule Town Road at the trailhead marked “Buck Hollow/Salt
Creek,” which you passed earlier in your vehicle. Take Mule Town Road to the left to regain your vehicle parked
at the Salt Creek trailhead.
Trail description, directions, photos and maps are courtesy of The National Park Service. The NPS home page is www.nps.gov
Take Kennedy Memorial Drive to Paige Bar Road. Follow Paige Bar for two miles and then turn left onto the
unpaved section of the road which goes to Shasta and Igo. Follow it to Horse Camp, less than one mile.
At Horse Camp, follow the road to the left of the restrooms. The road will fork about 1/2 mile from Horse Camp;
Paige Bar Road ends here and Mule Town Road begins. Take the right fork which is signed “Igo” (the left fork will
take you to the elementary school in historic Shasta). Follow this section of Mule Town Road for about 1/2 mile
and go past the first trailhead on the left which says “Buck Hollow/Salt Creek Trail;” this is where you will be
ending your hike. Stop and park your vehicle at the second trailhead, which says only “Salt Creek Trail.”