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1340 South Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta, California, 96067, United States
More about Mount Shasta
from Mt. Shasta at cloud level
One of the spectacular views from Shasta Dam area
Shasta Lake on a cloudy day :(
Are tire chains ever required on I 5 in and around Mt. Shasta? Also on SR 89? If so, for how long? hours? days?
RE: Tire Chains
i lived in Mt.Shasta for 3 years and one time i was required to have chains to cross over Butte pass, by the afternoon most was cleared, but the evening before and morning it was unpassable. I miss Mt. Shasta, and at times wish i didn't move.
Travel Tips for Mount Shasta
Views of Mt Shasta
No matter what angle you have on it, Mt Shasta is an impressive sight. Not only does it tower over 14,000 feet high, but it stands virtually alone. No other mountains obstruct the view of this giant. And it can be visible, on a good clear day, for many miles. I loved seeing the mountain from so many different places.
Be Prepared for changes in the weather
We went in the 1st week of May. The first day it was hot. The weather changed overnight and it was cool to cold the rest of our trip. A good coat wouldn't be a bad idea. If you're going to one of the higher levels of Shasta by car, you might also need an umbrella (if it's snowing). Definately bring hiking boots/shoes. There's lots to see in Shasta, but a lot of it's on foot.
Big bag Always bring both types of clothing it can be sunny and hot one day and the next it can be cold and windy. Keep your camera handy, it is beautiful up here. Camera, bug spray, 3 pairs of shoes (the water is inviting to go in but cold) and a fishing pole.
check out Pluto Caves
For those who might be into it, there's a chance to do some minor caving. You'll need some flashlights and it would be best to have more than one in case one goes out. Once you're in the caves it is pitch black in there a would be somewhat dangerous to walk around in without any portable light source.
Pluto caves is dank in some parts, cold, and eerie. It is almost as if you can feel spirits there or an essence of death. That's how we felt while in there. Sadly the caves have been somewhat ruined with graffiti made over the years. Most of that graffiti lies near the entrances to the caves.
After visiting there we did find that Pluto caves has a horrible past. It is more than likely the resting place of a number of Indians who were killed by miners some one hundred years ago or so. The miners just felt like killing Indians and followed them to these caves and dynamited them. Horrible. There evil goes a long way toward explaining why the flooring is covered everywhere with pointed rocks and huge boulders.
The last of the caves apparently goes all the way underground past the Oregon border.
To get there:
Pluto Caves is three miles west of Hwy 97 on Road A-12 (12 miles north of the town of Weed). Keep an eye out for a sign PLUTO CAVE posted on a telephone pole marking the turnoff. Drive about what would be 2 blocks to the parking area with a picnic table or two, then follow the signs on foot to the caves.
The ideal starting point for a tour of Mt Shasta, Castle Crags, and surrounding territory. Dunsmuir is famous for its water, which flows down from Mt Shasta and is naturally filtered. It has some lovely parks and waterfalls. Check out the City Park, Botanical Gardens, and Mossbrae Falls (north of town, along a hiking trail, in Dunsmuir Canyon). The views of Mt Shasta, from several points around town, are magnificent. And it's easy to get here; the town is on I-5 47 miles north of Redding.
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