Mount Shasta Travel Guide

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    Pond near Castle Lake
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    Another Castle Lake view
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    Castle Lake view
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Mount Shasta Things to Do

  • McCloud River

    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...

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  • Blue Goose Steam Train Excursion

    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...

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  • Take a hike!! Or a drive...

    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!!

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  • The Serenity of Castle Lake

    Way up high in some mountains a ways from Lake Siskiyou. The local indigenous people (the Shasta & Wintu) referred to Castle Lake as the castle of the devil. For them, the waters were said to be possessed of an evil spirit most often heard in the winter months. In truth, Castle Lake is a place of special beauty. An extra plus is we were its only...

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  • Three Adventures in one!

    A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic.

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  • Box Canyon Dam

    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...

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  • McCloud River Dam

    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...

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  • Then go onto McCloud Upper Falls

    Another part of the McCloud Falls to see. Go while the weather is good as it's obviously better then.By the time we started getting here the weather was starting to turn on us.

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  • Go to McCloud River Middle Falls

    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....

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  • Drive to McCloud River lower falls

    A short hike from the parking lot brings you to McCloud River lower falls.Going here in May of 2007 there weren't many other visitors and deer were abundant in the area.

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  • Mossbrae Falls

    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.

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  • Drive up to Bunny Flats take in the view

    Going up to Bunny Flats by car, there are plenty of beautiful places to take in the view. Bunny Flats is about 6800 ft. above see level and takes about 45 minutes to get there from Shasta city.

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Mount Shasta Restaurants

  • Holy Tamales! That's a lot of Mexican...

    Caso Ramos serves up huge portions of delicious Mexican food. Honestly, I could never eat it all. My wife could barely finish here stater. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere has a real feel of Mexico to it with art deco covering all the walls to make for a beautiful interior.

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  • Japanese style a la natural

    Originally the owners moved from the San Francisco Bay Area in search of a place that would enhance their food with pure water. They chose this area right under Mt. Shasta for that.Vivify offers a variety of organic dishes with a mix of Japanese cuisine culture.They are open for lunch Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 11:30 to 2:00 PM.Dinner is...

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  • instant obesity

    A chain of diners around the west, this was one of the few places we ran into while driving thru Mt. Shasta on I-5 late at night. Must say it was the biggest damn burger and salad we've ever ordered in our entire lives. Extensive menu, lots of options, friendly staff.

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Mount Shasta Nightlife

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    stay right there..i'm comin to get ya!!

    by lucythedog Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    Didn't even leave the campsite and in wander these lovely deer..i am ready to chase them to Redding if i have to...I am in charge of security you know...

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Mount Shasta Transportation

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    by KevinMichael Updated Mar 13, 2011

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    There are plenty of things to do around Shasta but without a car it looks difficult to get there and equally difficult to do things around there. Just as with many places far from the big cities in California, a car is a must.

    For example, driving to the top of Bunny Flats by car takes between 20 to 30 minutes and it's all an uphill climb.

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Mount Shasta Warnings and Dangers

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    hiking along the tracks to Mossbrae Falls 4 more images

    by KevinMichael Updated Dec 2, 2008

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    Hiking danger: Trains

    The greatest danger while hiking into Mossbrae Falls is potentially being hit by a train along the Union Pacific Railroad. As we were hiking along it, we were wondering if trains even ran along there anymore. Well, they do as we had one come up on our hike back. At first, we didn't hear much and then as it got closer of course we noticed. It wouldn't be a good idea to be wearing headphones on these tracks.

    For those of you that have seen the movie Stand by Me this, I've heard this is the sight of where that movie was made. And one of the main points of that movie was about some boys going out to see the dead body of a kid who had been hit by a train.

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Mount Shasta Tourist Traps

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    by isolina_it Written Sep 22, 2003

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    We met a hippie with his truck. After starting talking about a series of abstract and absurd things about religion and the meaning of life he shifted to his real point: selling natural seeds and other stuff.
    Well, it is his way of living naturally but, beware of changing your mind about the sky-trails left by plains or aliens legends around the park, do not disappoint him ;)

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Mount Shasta What to Pack

  • 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...

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  • Packing List

    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.

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Mount Shasta Off The Beaten Path

  • Shasta Dam

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Dunsmuir Parks

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Mount Shasta with Indians and...

    Mount Shasta with Indians and TeePees. Steel engraving by E.P. Brandard, after, S.S. Gifford, ca. 1873. Published in William Cullen Bryant, Picturesque America, v.1. LC-USZ62-52626. #605.

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