The Ultimate Travel Guide to Mt. Shasta

There is a hilly neighborhood in California with something for everyone – Mt. Shasta, where the wide-ranging happiness is waiting for you year-round. Holiday at Mt. Shasta and treat your senses to glorious national parks and pristine nature preserves, satisfy your passion for adventure activities, explore the historic and quaint city, all surrounded by glittering Mt. Shasta.

The 14,179-foot volcanic peak presents not-to-be-missed adventures for expert climbers along with tamer tracks for climbing and bouldering. Skiers from novice to specialist will find routes to match their skills and test their abilities. Refined trails include wow boarders to terrain parks. Cross-country skiers will get their due in breathtaking wilderness trails. Mount Shasta Ski Park provides 31 cross-country runs, including a path for skiers with their dogs and a shorter course just for children.

Winter attractions include ice skating on the West Coast’s largest open-air rink, together with sledding, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. Rent a team or bring your own dogs upon arrival. Ice fishing venues and snowmobiling trails add to the winter sports excitement.

As the weather warms, the softening Siskiyou River brings whitewater thrill to the holiday at Mt. Shasta with kayaking and rafting adventures to suit any level of expertise. Happy family trips can be managed as efficiently as epic journeys down rousing waters. Standard and fly fishers of all persuasions can catch sunfish, bass, and trout in rivers, streams, and alpine lakes. Hunters will find their fill of geese, ducks, deer, and other wild game.

Hiking trips and Backpacking can take you from green valley to full desert and from lava tubes to unusual altitudes. If you’d rather ride, horseback tours are a wonderful way to experience the scenic display, either on your own or with an expert guide. Find quiet, wide bicycling roads, dirt trails, exceptional downhill runs, and the most tricky day ride in the Western U.S.

Golfers can find a blend of courses like the Magnificent Monster, an 18-hole championship green, and more amazing like the Weed’s difficult putting. Caves and lava tubes aplenty are idling for spelunkers. Pan for gold, sail by air in a balloon, or just unwind and camp out.

Historic downtown Mt. Shasta is a haven of museums, art galleries, antique stores, coffee houses, cafes, and vintage clothing shops. Visit the prowl museums, fish hatchery, or drop by Mount Shasta Brewery for beer, dogs, and brats. Catch a Japanese drumming act or learn about Native Indian Heritage. Whether you want to see rural farms or just watch birds, Mount Shasta lets you have it all.

How to reach Mount Shasta

The City of Mount Shasta is situated off of Interstate 5, 220 miles north of Sacramento, CA, around 60 miles north of Redding, CA, and less than 60 miles south of the California/Oregon border.

The nearest major airport is Sacramento International Airport, with the Reno-Tahoe International airport, a decent alternative. There are also smaller airports in Medford, OR, and Redding, CA.

Hiking Mt. Shasta

Hiking the summit is best done between April and September, mostly in late spring and early summer, when there’s still plenty of soft snow on the southern flank to make footholds more comfortable on the route. Although the factors are sometimes volatile and the winds are strangely strong, the round-trip could be done in one day with 12 hours of constant hiking. A more pleasant trip takes at least a couple of days with one-night camping on the peaks. How long it truly takes depends on the track selected, the hikers’ dynamic condition, and the climatic conditions.

The trek to the top from Bunny Flat trails the Avalanche Gulch Route. Although it is simply about 7 miles, the upward climb is more than 7000ft, so acclimatizing to the rise is essential – even avid hikers will be short of breath. This route also needs an ice ax, crampons, and a helmet, all of which can be leased locally. Rock falls, while rare, are also a possibility. If you want to do the climb without equipment, the only option is the Clear Creek Route to the summit, which leaves from the east side of the range. This tour is usually easy in hiking boots in late summer, though there’s still scree, and it must be done as an overnight hike. Novices should reach out to the Mt Shasta ranger station for a list of expert guides.

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