Mount Shasta Travel Guide
Castle Lake view
Castle Lake view
Another Castle Lake view
Pond near Castle Lake
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...
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...
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!!
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,...
Three Adventures in one!
A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic.
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...
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...
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.
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...
Casa Ramos (House of Ramos): Holy Tamales! That's a lot of Mexican food!
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...
Vivify: 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...
in the campground: Deer roll in at Dusk
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...
Updated Aug 10, 2003
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- Hiking and Walking
- Travel with Pets
You need a car
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.
Updated Mar 13, 2011
hiking into Mossbrae Falls be careful
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.
Updated Dec 2, 2008
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- Hiking and Walking
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 ;)
Written Sep 22, 2003
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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