About


The Great Shasta Rail Trail Association is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, formed to own and manage the Great Shasta Rail Trail.  The Board of Directors is working toward opening sections of the trail in the spring of 2015.

The Great Shasta Rail Trail began as the vision of a small group of people associated with organizations located in the far north of California:  Shasta Land Trust, Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Community Partnership, McCloud Local First Network, McCloud Trail Association and Save Burney Falls.  This group, known as the Core Team, came together in 2009 with a shared vision to develop the McCloud River Railroad rail bed into a rail trail that would invite a wide variety of outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy 80 or so miles of gently sloped trail.  That group is now preparing to (1) purchase the right-of-way and (2) donate that land to the  Great Shasta Rail Trail Association, which will own, develop, and manage the trail.

The Great Shasta Rail Trail Association Board of Directors are:

  • April Gray, Chair (McCloud resident, retired economic development professional, Core Team member)
  • Tina Peluso, Vice-Chair (Fall River Mills resident, Core Team member, representing Fall River Chamber of Commerce)
  • Ben Miles, Treasurer (Ex- Shasta Land Trust Executive Director, Core Team member)
  • Bob Polkinghorn Secretary (Mount Shasta resident, retired University of California administrator)
  • Bill Campbell (Burney Falls resident, retired news editor, public relations specialist)
  • Jerry Harmon (Mount Shasta resident, Core Team member, retired Forest Service trail manager)
  • Elizabeth Norton (Susanville resident, retired Forest Service manager, Core Team member)
  • David Donica (Mount Shasta resident, Creative Director Donica Design LLC)

Shasta Land Trust

was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to permanently conserving open space, wildlife habitat, and agricultural land. In our thirteen year history, Shasta Land Trust has been successful with many conservation accomplishments, and continues to work towards meaningful and lasting land protection for our region.

McCloud Local First Network is a not-for-profit organization which works to strengthen McCloud and the local economy by romoting local McCloud people, businesses, and nature.  We coordinate and facilitate the efforts of grass-roots working groups focused on tourism, alternative energy, and the McCloud Trail Association.

Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership  is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the outstanding geologic, interpretive and recreational opportunities found along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All-American Road and to enhance tourism.

McCloud Trail Association is a project of the McCloud Local First Network.

Save Burney Falls was a California non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation organized in January 1997 to promote long-range community planning and environmentally sustainable growth in the Burney Falls area. SBF supported balanced development while preserving the natural state of the environment.  This non-profit was converted to the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association in 2013.