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   Mount Shasta Avalanche Center / Shasta-Trinity Nat’l Forest

**Mount Shasta Wilderness Area Closure Information (above 10k feet) Click Here**

On March 4th, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide shelter-in-place order for ALL citizens in the state, effective immediately until further notice.

In a short period of time, COVID-19 has rapidly spread throughout California. For the preservation of public health and safety, the order directs all individuals to stay home or at their place of residence, except for essential needs such as to get food, care for a friend or relative, get necessary health care or go to an essential job. 

It is critical that we comply with this order in every way possible to protect employees, families and communities.

The Pacific Southwest Region (R5) of the Forest Service is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by closing all developed recreation facilities on our Forests statewide. This closure is being put in place in an attempt to avoid congregations of people and promote social distancing and public health.

The State of California and the Forest Service recognizes the need for the public to continue to seek the health and personal benefits of outdoor recreation during this challenging time. Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit US Forest Service General Forest areas and dispersed recreational opportunities will remain available to the public.

If you choose to recreate in the mountains, remember your actions may impact others. Please enjoy the backcountry safely, and keep our communities, medical and emergency services professionals, and fellow backcountry users in mind when you consider your terrain choices.

Bunny Flat Trailhead:

  • Trailhead facilities are closed
  • “Pack it in, pack it out”. Please take your trash with you
  • Periodic monitoring of the trailhead will occur to keep apprised on use
  • Trails/backcountry will remain open to the public. We urge folks to consider that any backcountry rescue will tax resources that are needed to manage the impacts of COVID-19. Slow down, be careful, and consider avoiding avalanche terrain.

General Guidelines:

  • If you feel sick, STAY HOME
  • Avoid social gatherings of groups more than 10; maintain social distance
  • Avoid discretionary travel
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching frequently used surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible