Mount Shasta Things to Do

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    Blue Goose Steam Train Excursion

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Enjoy views of the majestic 14,162 foot Mount Shasta for 3 hours while on board the Blue Goose Excursion Train. Check in at the 1889 Yreka Depot and Museum, which is on the East side of the Central Yreka I-5 Exit. Here you can browse in the free museum, enjoy the 1000 foot model railroad display and railroad memorabilia. En route you will reach the historic railroad/cattle town of Montague. There you will have an hour to eat lunch or browse through the historic buidings. Engine # 19 was the engine used in the movie, "The Emperor of the North". It was originally named "The Emperor of the North Pole". When this movie was made in the early 1970's it was considered quite violent. There is some information about the movie at the museum. You can purchase a Movie Video there. It's hard to find the movie on any TV Channels. When I did finally see it I was amazed at what a good movie it was!
    There is wonderful music and great scenery of the Northern California mountains. There is also quite a bit of humor in the script.
    While we were there a fire was burning nearby and Mount Shasta was not visible from a distance but we could see it when we drove into town. This is a pleasant place to enjoy the scenic and cultural attractions of the Shasta-Cascade Wonderland.

    Engine # 19
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    Take a hike!! Or a drive...

    by Zydeco31 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During my visit to Mount Shasta, I did a bunch of things that people suggested for me to do, most of all hiking. But I found that the best thing to do is just to take a slow drive on the roads going by the mountain and just taking in the scenery!!

    What a view!!
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    Siskiyou Lake Campground

    by Easty Written Jun 8, 2003

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    Siskiyou Lake Campground offers one of the best views of Mount Shasta. Here you can get a picture of Mount Shasta with a lake in the foreground. If you get there at the right time, you may get a reflection. The campground allows people that are not camping into the facility for a $1.00 per person fee.

    Siskiyou Lake Campground View

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    go to the source of Crystal Geyser

    by KevinMichael Updated Jan 1, 2008

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    My favorite bottled water to drink is Crystal Geyser. What better experience than to drink it from the source.

    The source is located near Mount Shasta in Weed, California running along side a community center and park. From here you can drink straight from the spring. Not far from here the water is bottled.
    This water is sent all over the world. We buy it were we live in Niigata, Japan and prefer it to other bottled waters.

    For more info on the purity of the Crystal Geyser product go here:

    External Info from Cystal Geyser

    This water ends up bottled and travels the world Cystal Geyser source located along side a park cheap in N. California $3.99 for 2 dozen bottles 110 yen a bottle in Niigata, Japan ($1.10)
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    Mount Shasta City

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    This town is large enough to provide the basic necessities--hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, and a visitor's center. Food and lodging tend to be relatively cheap. Mt Shasta is a perfect base for exploring the entire region.

    While there, be sure to taste the water. That's right--just plain tap water. It trickles down from the mountain, filtered by ancient volcanic rock. It really is a special treat.

    Mount Shasta City The town square The fountain in the square The mountain always looms in the distance
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    Mount Shasta City Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    The headwaters of the Sacramento River burst forth from the rock face at this park. The water, slowly percolating down from Mt. Shasta, comes from the snow melting. From this modest beginning, the river makes its way down to Dunsmuir, then to Sacramento, and ultimately to San Francisco Bay--270 miles away.

    This mountain water so pure, that the town doesn't need to chlorinate it. It's the best tap water that I've ever tasted. But don't drink directly from the river. Use one of the water fountains nearby.

    The City Park The headwaters of the Sacramento River The river flows down toward Dunsmuir
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    Weed

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Where else but California would there be a town named "Weed"? This town was founded by Abner Weed, a big-time timber magnate. His statue appears on the town square. This was for many years a company town, which employed thousands at the sawmill as well as cutting down timber.

    Check out the local museum. It tells a lot about this old town.

    Weed Abner Weed's statue, in the town square A mural commemorates the town's history Main Street The town's seal
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    McCloud

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Lying in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, McCloud is surrounded by pine forests and rivers. Not far from Mt. Shasta City, Dunsmuir, Castle Crags, and other scenic spots, McCloud is a pleasant town. And it has a scenic river of its own.with three waterfalls nearby (see the McCloud River page).

    Unfortunately, I ran out of time before getting to ride the rails. But the McCloud Railway Company is still alive and well, according to its website. If interested, please visit:

    http://www.trainweb.org/mccloudrails/

    McCloud, with Mt. Shasta in the background Another view of McCloud The McCloud Railway Company
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    McCloud River

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not many rivers can match the breathtaking beauty of this one. Located off of Highway 89, just east of McCloud, this river is worth going out of your way to see. It has three awesome waterfalls. Camping sites are available. The hike up to the top of the last waterfall is fairly strenuous, but well worth it--as these photos will attest. I did it in late afternoon, making the light just perfect.

    Lower falls on the McCloud River McCloud RIver Middle Falls McCloud River Upper Falls Looking down the river Another view of the Middle Falls
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    Mt Shasta Hiking Trails

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    At over 14,000 feet, this is the tallest of the Cascades. The main photo shows the trailhead for those hiking to the top. Mt Shasta is all the more spectacular for not having any foothills; on a clear day, it is plainly visible for well over 75 miles.

    Climbing Mt. Shasta is recommended only with a professional guide and mountain-climbing gear. Do not attempt this alone, at least not on the first try. However, the mountain is surrounded by hiking trails, which vary in difficulty. If you're not going to the summit, please select one of the other trails instead. There are plenty of good ones.

    The trailhead to Mt Shasta Looking back toward Castle Crags The timberline is dead ahead This cabin is on the trail Fill your canteen at this spring
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    Bunny Flats

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

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    Driving to the top takes a good 45 minutes. From here you can catch a bit of the Mountain up close. For those that can the summit is another 7,000 feet plus from here and is not visible at this point on the mountain.

    Mt. Shasta Bunny Flats almost to Bunny Flats
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    Mossbrae Falls

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

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    Near Dunsmuir, of a backstreet road you can find a parking space and hike in toward Mossbrae Falls. In order to get there it takes about 45 minutes and you have to hike along the railway. But, the site is gorgeous and worth the hike.

    Mossbrae Falls (2) Mossbrae Falls (3) Mossbrae Falls (4) The river flowing from Mossbrae Falls
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    Go to McCloud River Middle Falls

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

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    As we only had time to see the lower falls when we first arrived we had to put off seeing the other parts or the McCloud River falls another day.

    It was also a little more difficult for us to find the turn off point for getting here. You might be driving around a bit as some of the signs were confusing.

    Anyway, we got there and that's what matters. It's an easy hike down to the bottom. Beautiful sight. Beautiful waterfall.

    We also got a good view of Majestic Shasta in the background from here.

    McCloud Middle Falls Looking down McCloud Middle Falls
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    McCloud River Dam

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

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    I've seen far better more impressive dams but, but with a short hike in my curiosity drove me to see this one since we were in the area. The weather was bad yet, I pressed on and I saw this little tiny dam. Not much to take pictures at. This can pretty much be passed up on where not to get excited over seeing. But, being that I like to take pictures anyway this is what I got.

    The final picture I put first.

    McCloud Dam (taken' in the rain) a side view better shows why this isn't much
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    Box Canyon Dam

    by KevinMichael Written Jan 1, 2008

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    This dam is kind of scary to be close to. There are lots of signs posted warning about electric shock and death danger. So, obviously it must be a dam for generating electricity. The view is equally terrifying for someone like me a bit afraid of heights but, on the other hand the landscape here is fascinating. To boot, while we were there, there were some very high winds which added a bit to my anxiety.

    Box Canyon Dam Box Canyon Dam landscape the view below
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