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If you're like me... afraid of heights, this will get your goosebumps going. Shasta Dam has got to be the largest dam I've even been to. I know it's not as big as the more famous one (i.e. Hoover Dam) but, still it is in one word: HUGE. And apparently it is the TALLEST and behind Hoover Damn, the 2nd largest dam in the U.S.
It's places like this that give me vertigo and a horribly curious part of me wonders what it would be like to fall down something like this. The more rational part of my mind is horrified that I even could wonder (albeit only in a split seconds time) such a thing.
On the other hand, things like this are Modern Marvels. They are worth seeing as they are as impressive in their ingenuity if not more so than that of the ancient wonders built long ago.
Shasta Dam holds Shasta Lake, the largest man-made reservoir in California and as a body of water it has a shore line that's even larger than the San Francisco Bay Area.
It's worth seeing either on the way to or leaving Mount Shasta
It's a short stop of off from Interstate 5. Take Shasta Dam Boulevard and Exit #685 and drive a few miles westward on Shasta Dam Boulevard also known as Highway 151.
Exit #685 is several miles after the city of Redding on the way to Mount Shasta
Written Dec 14, 2010
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.
Written Jan 1, 2008
Dunsmuir has some beautiful parks. Starting with Dunsmuir City Park, one can hike along the Sacramento River all the way to gorgeous Mossbrae Falls. Take care when hiking along the railroad tracks to Mossbrae Falls; unfortunately, it's the only way to get up there.
Written Feb 27, 2007
This spectacular waterfall is fed by both a stream and an underground spring. That's what makes it unique. It's a good distance from any town (McCloud is the nearest one). So it's quite a trip, but worth it.
The park offers several hiking trails, all of them pretty easy. No really tough climbing here. One leads to nearby Lake Britton. This lake offers boating, fishing, camping, picnic grounds, and other activities.
Updated Feb 27, 2007
With miles of hiking trails, strange rock formations, and stunning views, this park offers a great deal for anyone who loves the outdoors. The Indians believed it to be the home of evil spirits. Today, the rocks are a formidable challenge to rock climbers. The view of Mt Shasta is gorgeous. Be prepared for some tough, serious hiking, with big changes in elevation.
Updated Feb 27, 2007
Phone: 530-235-2065 or 2684
So you want to really get away from it all? Here, east of Mt. Shasta, is a beautiful and remote wilderness far from almost anywhere. There are miles of hiking trails, where you may not see anyone at all.
Shown here is an alpine lake high up in the mountains. It's near a meadow called Deadfield Meadow. Here's the address for the USDA Service Center,
Shasta-Trinity National Forest:
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
Written Oct 17, 2005
Phone: (530) 226-2500
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.
Written Nov 17, 2004
Phone: 530-926-3850 (Visitor's Bureau)
Panther Meadows, keep going up Everitt Memorial Hwy. It's a winding road but a very nice place to go and hike. But PLEASE don't leave any garbage there. We have volunteers that go there to make sure people can visit without looking at garbage. So lets help them out. Thank you!
Written Aug 26, 2002
1 Review and 212 Opinions A full service hotel with Indoor Pool and Spa. The motel has great views of Mount Shasta from the...