About the Ranch
Willow Creek Ranch, located on the lower flanks of California’s towering Mt. Shasta, is a 4,000± acre ranch affording total privacy and a host of recreational opportunities for your next getaway. The varied terrain is laced with a network of 20 miles of riding and hiking trails along with 52 miles of private dirt roads, suitable for leisurely hikes, mountain bike riding and trail riding. Three miles of Squaw Valley Creek, the principal tributary of the world famous McCloud River, flows through the ranch. Several of California’s best trout fishing streams are situated within an hour’s drive of the ranch. A private five-acre lake, situated at the edge of one of the ranch’s several meadows, is an ideal setting for cookouts and relaxing. Stay in our luxurious Timber Lodge with stunning views of the year round creek running through the expansive backyard. Get away from it all at this stunning location.
The ranch features extensive improvements, with nearly 50,000 square feet under roof. Comfortable housing is available for guests to enjoy. More than 3,000 acres of forested land surround ranch facilities, ensuring tranquility and privacy. The ranch shares a two-mile boundary with Shasta National Forest. Wildlife is abundant, with regular sightings of deer, turkey, quail, geese, and bear.
Squaw Valley Creek flows through the ranch for over three miles in a mostly southwesterly direction. The owners have completed miles of stream restoration for better holding water for trout and cleared miles of trails along the creek for easier stream access. This translates to a private wilderness-like setting for the enjoyment of the ranch owners, family, and guests.
Other world-class fisheries nearby include the McCloud River, Upper Sacramento River, Fall River, and the Pit River, all within an hour’s drive. The Klamath, Smith, and Trinity Rivers, all known for their Steelhead fishing, are also within a couple of hours’ drive from the ranch.
McCloud Reservoir is just five miles from the ranch, offering boating for watersports as well as more fishing.
Wildlife on the ranch is plentiful, with deer being the most common resident. Also present are bear, mountain lion, and many bird species. The ranch is a recreational haven where one can find a venue for just about any outdoor recreation available, including fishing, hunting, boating, horseback riding, ATV riding, hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, rock climbing, and more. Willow Creek Ranch is particularly well-suited to those who love to fish and ride horses.
Mount Shasta has a small ski resort nearby that bears its name, Mount Shasta Ski Park. Climbing Mount Shasta itself is a technical endeavor that should not be taken lightly. However, there are numerous hikes on Shasta and in the surrounding area that are much more manageable for the casual hiker.