The small town of McCloud does not often get brought up as a great hiking destination. It is widely recognized as a beautiful, historic and peaceful community and a great vacation getaway. Yet, it is not mentioned as the place to go for a plethora of great trails. Nearby Mount Shasta City generally takes up all the oxygen as the hiking epicenter. This is for good reason, given its proximity to the Everitt Memorial Highway (the only paved road up Mount Shasta), the Trinity Divide, and the abundance of trails immediately outside the city. Yet Mount Shasta City’s accolades should not come at McCloud’s expense. There are a variety of fantastic trails located not far from town. The McCloud River naturally comes to mind as the top attraction but there other paths of spectacular beauty found outside of McCloud that deserve recognition. The best of these are the trails on Mount Shasta itself. Though not often considered in this context, McCloud is the gateway to the east side of the mountain. Despite being a bit of a drive from town, hiker must pass through McCloud to get to them and these are some of the best trails on Mount Shasta. Whether it is the high trails on the mountain or roaring waterfalls, McCloud has a lot to offer hikers, even if it does not have a great reputation as a great hiking destination. Read the full article and find maps to trails here:
Why McCloud Is An Underrated Hiking Destination
Nick’s Top 5 In Mount Shasta
Come to the McCloud Hotel Stadium to battle the gym leader and claim your rule over the city! #pokemongo
Sage Restaurant is debuting their new dessert menu this Valentine’s weekend and it’s loaded with something for everyone. Chocolate lovers will find plenty of choices from Molten Lava Cake, Triple Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (gluten-free). If berries are more to your liking you can choose from Pennington Farm’s Raspberry Rhubarb Pie or New Zealand Pavlova topped with Lemon Curd, Whipped Cream and Blueberries (gluten-free). If you’re yearning for a cool treat to end your meal we serve real vanilla bean ice-cream with choice of Seasonal Berries, Chocolate Syrup or Bacon Crumbles and Warm Maple Syrup. Last but certainly not least is the star of the show, Three-cheese Cheesecake served with Sliced Strawberries and Fresh made Whipped Cream.
Stay connected on your next getaway to the mountains. While we encourage you to unplug and enjoy some time away from the demands of work we understand that sometimes you need to keep an eye on business while you are vacationing. Now, you can be assured of high-speed Wi-Fi in every corner of the hotel and surrounding gardens. We just completed a major upgrade that will allow you to stream content from your handhelds and laptops or stay connected with your office during during your time with us. For couples planning a destination wedding you will now be able to stream live video of the ceremony and festivities. We are super excited to start the new year with this improved service. And, did we mention that McCloud has terrific mobile phone reception. 5 bars most of the time on AT&T.
McCloud Hotel welcomes you and your family to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Our chef has prepared a special Four Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Menu where you can enjoy McCloud Hotel’s version of traditional and family favorites. Expertly chosen wine pairings will also be available to complement each course. We are offering two seatings at 2pm and 4:30pm. Reserve your table soon.
Nancy and Robert are pleased to announce the sale of the hotel to Cindy Rosmann and Gary Bostwick! Nancy and Robert have enjoyed bringing this grand hotel back from the brink of extinction and are sure that the new owners will be successful and make things even better!
New owners of McCloud Hotel
The Sage Restaurant at the McCloud Hotel is open year round 5 nights a week (Wed – Sunday) from 5:30 PM until 8 PM. Reservations are suggested.
Come to McCloud’s annual Flea Market – always the first Sunday in June (June 7) – this year is the 44th year of this unique market!
It’s time to start thinking about McCloud’s first festival of the year – Mushroom Fair held Memorial Day weekend. A wonderful mushroom themed street fair with music, local crafters, activities for all ages and Beer and Wine! Make plans now to attend!
The new owners of the McCloud Hotel opened Sage restaurant this year and have been getting rave reviews. According to Marc Beauchamp in writing for the Record Searchlight Redding.com, he and his wife “had an extraordinary and memorable meal.” (see entire review at Dining Out Now Dec 3, 2015) Sample menu items: Crab cake $14, Homemade tomato Soup $8., Filet Mignon $28, Mt. Lassen Steelhead Trout $22., Chicken Pot Pie $15., Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Sage Cream Sauce topped with a medley of Sautéed mushrooms $14.
Come on up and SKI! The Mt Shasta Ski Park is opening for the season on Dec 20. Check out their website for more detailed information!
Come visit and enjoy a glass of wine by our fireplace during the evening wine hour (4 – 5 PM). Great place to cozy up for the holidays!
Come visit McCloud Saturday, Dec 20th and attend the play (7 PM) “It’s a Wonderful Life” – just down the street from the hotel! If you are staying with us and want us to reserve tickets for you, let us know!
Get your winter recreation bag packed as guests are telling us the Nordic, downhill and snowshoeing is the best it’s been in years!
Join us this November for Thanksgiving – we are serving a complete Thanksgiving dinner. Book your room and dinner soon! (Dinner charge in addition to room charge).
This year McCloud’s annual Bike-toberfest will be on Saturday, October 11! Lots of fun and riding events for all ages and levels.
McCloud Dam Road Bike Ride – 30 miles (2-3hrs). Moderate to Difficult. This picturesque ”rolling hills” ride begins on Main Street, McCloud, through town onto Squaw Valley Road. The total ascent is 2,139 feet, with a maximum of 3,376 ft. and 6 category climbs. Hilly ride takes you through meadows, aspen trees, above McCloud Lake to the Dam. The return ride has a spectacular view of Mt Shasta and fall colors. Full service Rest Stop at the Boat Launch and SAG wagon available.
The Great Shasta Marathon Mountain Bike Ride – 30 miles (4 hrs) Moderate to Difficult. All riders meet at 8 am registration on Main Street, McCloud. Promptly at 8:30 am, riders will be bused to Algoma Campsite with bikes following in trailer. The first 13 miles are on moderate somewhat technical single track on the McCloud River Trail. Full service Rest Stop at Lakin Dam, then on to Bigelow Meadow Road, crossing Highway 89 to connect to the Great Shasta Rail Trail returning to Main Street, McCloud. http://www.mccloudchamber.com/sites/default/files/Marathon%20ride.pdf
McCloud Scenic Road Bike Short Ride-12.5 miles (1-2hrs) Easy to Moderate. The ride begins on Main Street, McCloud continues through town onto Squaw Valley Road. The ride out turns around at Rest Stop at Friday’s RV Resort is a gradual downhill. The return ride is a gradual uphill to downtown with one more difficult climb near town. Rest Stop with food, water and SAG wagon provided.
McCloud Mountain Bike Short Ride-12 miles (1-2 hrs) Easy to Moderate. This ride begins on Main Street through town, crossing Pilgrim Creek Road and onto Great Shasta Rail Trail. Rest stop and turn-around at Mud Creek Bridge returning to Main Street, McCloud.
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED!
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Come on up and listen or be part of a jam session! September 12 & 13, 2014!
Despite some fires about 80 miles away (and now under control), the air is clear here in McCloud and all roads in the surrounding area are open! Dinner is still being served in the garden! Come on up – the weather is fine! August and September are some of the best times to visit!
Every year the town of McCloud celebrates it’s history as a former lumber mill town. Come be part of this fun annual event. We even have a Melodrama that chronicles part of the history! This year it is about the “Muddy Mess of 1924”.
We are now serving dinner outside on the back patio! Join us for dinner and enjoy our fountains and gardens!
Come to McCloud and enjoy our 43rd annual Flea Market! June 1 – ALL DAY
Fun for everyone – up and down Main Street in McCloud, CA
Trout season has started! Come on up and fish!!!
Spring flowers are in bloom in McCloud! We have upgraded all our Garden View rooms – with new King Size beds! Come visit for one of our upcoming festivals: Memorial Day weekend (Mushroom Fair) or June 1 (Flea Market)!
Make plans to come to our 10th Annual Mushroom, Music and Wine Fair – May 24 and 25th in McCloud, CA! Medicinal Mushroom classes, various foods, vendors etc… All centered around Mushrooms and Herbals!