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Mount Shasta

Go wild in an outdoor explorer’s paradise

Rising 14,179 feet into the sky, the majestic Mount Shasta is the ultimate playground for lovers of the great outdoors. Last erupting in 1786 and resembling Japan’s Mount Fuji, this dormant volcano soars upward from nearby flatlands resulting in one of the highest base-to-summit rises on the globe. From hiking and skiing to camping and fly-fishing, this Northern Californian gem offers an abundance of fun and adventure year-round. Whether you’re a family vacationer, retiree or sports enthusiast, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy in Mount Shasta.

Conquer the Volcano   

If you’re ready for the thrill of a lifetime, consider hiring a guide and climbing to the top of Mount Shasta. The climb takes between one to two days and can be done by novice and seasoned climbers in good physical condition. However, you don’t need to summit the volcano to enjoy the area’s scenic beauty. Local hiking trails weave through lush red-fir forests and meadows bursting with vibrant wildflowers. If you’re lucky, you may even spot black bears, deer, eagles and other wildlife along the way. Mount Shasta is also a popular camping destination with plenty of remote tent sites and RV parks to choose from. Scenic waterfalls also are on offer: just five miles south of Mount Shasta off Interstate 5, Hedge Creek Falls puts on an elegant show of cascading water.

Mount Shasta reflected upon a placid lake at dusk.

Epic Snow Days

Permanently snowcapped, Mount Shasta offers excellent conditions for snow sports well into summer. Start your snowshoe, cross-country skiing or backcountry skiing adventure at Bunny Flat trailhead as this is the main access point to all routes on the south and west side of the mountain. Or, head to Mount Shasta Ski Park, located between Mount Shasta city and the town of McCloud, to shred down powdered slopes. For those with a need for speed, consider renting a snowmobile or signing up for a guided tour to explore more than 250 miles of trail parks.

Fish to Your Heart’s Content

Fisherman, fetch your rods, because Southern Siskiyou County offers some of the best fly-fishing in the country. The many rivers, streams and mountain lakes are chock-full of wild and hatchery-raised trout just waiting to be snagged. No matter the season, fish are plentiful in Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake and Gumboot Lake, with Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery working throughout the year to keep populations up. Just remember to get a California fishing license.

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