Mount Shasta Off The Beaten Path

  • Shasta Dam and the valley below
    Shasta Dam and the valley below
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  • Shasta Lake on a cloudy day :(
    Shasta Lake on a cloudy day :(
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  • One of the spectacular views from Shasta Dam area
    One of the spectacular views from Shasta...
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    Shasta-Trinity Wilderness

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 17, 2005

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    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

    Deerfield Lake Deerfield Meadow This mountain stream flows into the lake The area is surrounded by mountains Mt Shasta, seen from the wilderness
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    Castle Crags State Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    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.

    Castle Crags A closer look Looking down across the valley The view of Mt Shasta The trail goes between these rock formations
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    Dunsmuir

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 17, 2004

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    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.

    Downtown Dunsmuir Looking north, up Dunsmuir Avenue The town fountain
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    Dunsmuir Parks

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 27, 2007

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    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.

    Dunsmuir City Park The Sacramento River in Dunsmuir A small waterfall in the City Park Mossbrae Falls Looking downstream toward the falls
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    McArthur-Burney Falls

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    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.

    McArthur-Burney Falls Another view This stream feeds the waterfall The beach at Lake Britton The pier on Lake Britton
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  • Panther Meadows, keep going up...

    by g_m_b Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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!

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    Shasta Dam

    by KevinMichael Written Dec 14, 2010

    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 Lake:
    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.

    Getting there:
    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

    Shasta Dam and the valley below Shasta Lake on a cloudy day :( One of the spectacular views from Shasta Dam area Shasta Dam
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    check out Pluto Caves

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

    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 1st entrance to Pluto Caves Looking outside of one of the Pluto Caves
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