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t. Shasta — sullen, aloof, alone in its grandeur. Dominating the skyline, Shasta's massive frame stands out sharply against the azure sky of northern California, its glaciated peak frequently shrouded in mysterious lenticular cloud formations that give it an otherworldly feel. Hiking through its luxuriant foothills one feels as if one has in fact stepped into another world, the outside world's rules seeming to end where the trail begins, making one wonder whether the whispered tales told by local inhabitants about Shasta's secrets may be true.

At 14,162 feet, Shasta is the second tallest mountain in northern California's Cascade Range, and the second tallest volcano in the United States. Shasta has had four major eruptive centers: the Sargeant's Ridge Cone, active around 450,000 years ago, Misery Hill, active approximately 20,000 years ago, Shastina, on the west side of the mountain, active 9,000-10,000 years ago, and the Hotlum Cone, last active around the time the first European explorers reached California, a little over 200 years ago. Shasta also has several permanent glaciers situated around its lofty slopes, and numerous other interesting features that bear witness to its violent past.

Mount Shasta city, a popular sport and tourist destination at the foot of the mountain.
Nestled snugly at the foot of the mountain is the city of Mount Shasta, pop. 3,700. Mount Shasta city and its namesake are located in southern Siskiyou County, just 60 miles south of the California-Oregon border. Mount Shasta city, originally a mill town, remains as a surprisingly modern and well ordered small city, full of interesting shops, good restaurants, and quality accomodations, as befits its reputation as one of northern California's most popular tourist destinations. The mountain and its environs, including the nearby towns of Dunsmuir, McCloud, Weed, Yreka and many others, are filled with numerous scenic and sporting opportunities, including hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, boating, fishing and much more.

Perhaps the easiest way to view Mt. Shasta is a scenic drive around the mountain's 17-mile wide base. To start your trip right, make sure to visit the Sisson Museum, located just southwest of Mount Shasta city, across I-5. There, you will find useful information that will show you the best ways to view Shasta's scenery, including handy maps giving detailed guides to the

The Sisson Museum, a good start for any Shasta adventure. Located just southwest of Mount Shasta city, across I-5 from city center at 1 North Old Stage Road, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067; 530-925-5508.
various local features to be found around the mountain's base. Sisson Museum itself has an interesting history, located on the grounds of a fish hatchery built in 1888, the oldest fish hatchery in California. This small museum also has some interesting exhibits dealing with local history, Native American artifacts, local Bigfoot sightings, and a small bookshelf and souvenir racks that offer a nice selection of items specific to the area.

Shasta is only the largest of numerous small volcanic remnants and other unusual natural features to be found in the area. The Sisson Museum provides an "Around the Mountain" tour map that gives detailed directions around the mountain and its environs, making it easier to see its many secondary features. These include the Ash Creek Mill site, the Ash Creek Mud Flow, the Volcanic Cinder Pit, Ash Creek Butte and the Whaleback, among others. Other nearby prominent features include Black Butte, Mount Eddy, Castle Crags, Medicine Lake Highlands, Lake Siskiyou, Shasta Lake, Lake Shasta Caverns, McCloud Reservoir, and more.

East of the mountain near McCloud can be found the Ash Creek Mill site, the Volcanic Cinder Pit, the Ash Creek Mud Flow, Ash Creek Butte, and The Whaleback. This area is complicated, and the pavement is unreliable, so be sure to study the maps carefully, have plenty of gas, and watch out for the logging trucks. The Ash Creek Mill site is probably the easiest to get to, as it is the only well-paved road currently to be found on the east side of the mountain. The Ash Creek Mud Flow is just like the flow that occurred at Mt. St. Helens in 1980, though this flow was caused by snow melt, rather than volcanic activity. The nearby Volcanic Cinder Pit contains colorful cinder that was ejected from a hidden vent. Just north of the pit is Ash Creek Butte, another volcanic cone 8,378 tall. And farther north and west is The Whaleback, at 8,528 feet tall, so named as some say it is shaped roughly like a whale.

Black Butte, just northwest of Mt. Shasta. Black Butte has a simple trail that is relatively easy to climb.

One of the more prominent secondary features of the Shasta area is Black Butte, a 2,500-foot conical mount 2 miles north of Mount Shasta city right next to I-5 between the cities of Mount Shasta and Weed. This "plug dome", so called because its crater was plugged by its own volcanic action, leaving little or no crater at the top, is a relatively recent addition, having formed around 10,000 years ago.

Mt. Eddy, directly west of Mount Shasta city, is the most prominent of the Klamath mountain chain, though much smaller than mighty Shasta at just over 9,000 feet. Mt. Eddy offers an excellent panoramic view of all the surrounding mountains, including Shasta, the Trinity Alps, Mt. Lassen, nearby Castle Crags, and more.

Southwest of Mt. Shasta is Lake Siskiyou and, a little farther south, Castle Lake, on the northern edge of the Castle Crags wilderness. Castle Lake is a scenic glacial lake, and the Castle Crags, after which the wilderness is named, is a mass of stark, sheer granite rising 4,000 feet above I-5, popular with climbers due to its sheer face that had been polished smooth by glacial ice.

Another prominent feature of the Shasta area is Medicine Lake Highlands, 50 miles to the east of the mountain. Actually a shield volcano, the Highlands were formed by a volcanic eruption of highly viscous lava that gives the volcano a wide, flat profile that the early explorers did not detect. Medicine Lake Highlands is fairly remote, so be well prepared with plenty of gas, food and water. The Highlands have many interesting geologic formations, including volcanic vents, lava tubes, caves, cinders, volcanic glass, and floating rocks.
The shimmering emerald waters of the McCloud River, that feeds into the Reservoir. Colors vary by location.

Closer to Shasta to the south is the McCloud Reservoir, fed by the McCloud River, whose shimmering emerald waters and bright orange soil clearly underline the area's volcanic origins.

Far to the south in Shasta County is Shasta Lake, just north of Redding. Shasta Lake is actually a man-made reservoir, and is composed of several different distinct sections. Shasta Lake also features a unique tour of Lake Shasta Caverns, where the caverns are actually accessible by boat.

Hiking, Biking & Climbing | Skiing | Camping | Boating | Fishing | Other
The Mt. Shasta area is well known for the quantity and quality of sporting and recreational activities that are available, both on the mountain and throughout Siskiyou County. From hiking, biking, climbing, and skiing on and around the mountain's slopes to the many camping, boating, hunting and fishing opportunities in the many parks, lakes and rivers in the region, there is more than enough for even the most demanding sportsman.

Hiking and climbing opportunities abound in numerous places all around Mt. Shasta's voluminous slopes. Though hiking is available all over Siskiyou county, here is a selection of the most popular trails, as laid out by the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce:

Mt. Shasta Hikes: Mt. Shasta offers numerous trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty. Short hikes such as the John Everitt Vista Point and the Panther Meadow Loop typically last from 15-45 minutes, medium hikes such as the Old Ski Bowl Trail can last up to 2 hours, and longer hikes such as the popular Bunny Flat and Sand Flat Trails, the Grey Butte Trail and the Squaw Meadows Trail typically take more than 2 hours to complete. Mt. Shasta also offers day hikes, more rugged wilderness trails that should be taken only by the serious hiker. These include the Horse Camp, Whitney Falls and Clear Creek hikes. If you decide to adventure beyond the typical hiking trail, make sure to budget your time and resources appropriately.
Mt. Eddy Hikes: Mt. Eddy also offers some nice hiking experiences of varying lengths. Short hikes include the Box Canyon Dam and Trail and the Castle Shore Trail. Mt. Eddy also offers one medium hike, the Castle Lake Trail that can take up to 2 hours.
Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail Hikes: Another trail of note is the Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail, nine miles of trail west of Mt. Shasta and south of Mt. Eddy, affording excellent views of Shasta, Eddy, Castle Crags, and the Trinity Alps. Hikes include the Deadfall Lakes Trail and another trail near the north fork of the Sacramento River.
Black Butte Hike: Black Butte also has a simple trail that offers excellent views of Shasta, Eddy, and the other prominent geologic features in the area.

Mt. Shasta of course is also a popular mountain climbing destination, with 15,000 climbers a year conquering its 17 established routes. Inexperienced mountaineers are advised to gain training in mountaineering before attempting Shasta's slopes, or hire a guide, as several climbers lose their lives each year. In either case, be sure to check on current conditions, as avalanches are not uncommon in the winter months when the snow and wind are at their worst.

Most climbers climb during the summer months when there is less snow and the weather is generally more favorable. There are no trails to the top, but there are some areas that are easier to climb than others, such as Avalanche Gulch, which is accessible from the Sand Flat, Bunny Flat, and Old Ski Bowl trails. The climb can be done in one day, but it is recommended that climbers camp overnight at one of the camps such as Helen Lake, located at 10,443 feet. Permits are also required, but climbers can fill out permits and pick up useful items at the ranger stations found at the trail heads. Check out the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service's website for more information.

The Mt. Shasta area also has many approved bike trails specifically set up for both road and mountain biking. Trails pass near the spectacular McCloud Falls, the glacial Kangaroo, Gumboot and Castle Lakes, and Cliff Lake. Medicine Lake Highlands and Lava Beds National Monument also offer interesting trails around the lava tubes and other unique features of these areas. To purchase the new Siskiyou County Bicycle Transportation Map, contact the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-397-1519; local: 530-926-4865; fax: 530-926-0976; e-mail:, or; website: Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park also offers biking opportunities as part of its summer activities program.

Mt. Shasta is also famous for its skiing and other winter sports opportunities. All types of skiing, including downhill, cross-country, back-country, and snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing, are available at Mt. Shasta's new Mt. Shasta Bike, Board & Ski Park. Snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing are also available in the Shasta area.

Downhill Skiing: Downhill skiing is available at the brand new Mt. Shasta Bike, Board & Ski Park, which offers 14 ski runs with chairlifts, 31 trails of various levels of difficulty, brand new trail grooming equipment, excellent snow making equipment, equipment rental, night skiing and two lodges with all the amenities.
Cross-Country Skiing: Cross-country skiing is available in the higher elevations throughout Siskiyou County. The two most popular areas for cross-country skiing are the Mt. Shasta Bike, Board & Ski Park and also on Mt. Shasta's Sand Flat trailhead and Bunny Flat. You can ski these trails, or go higher to the popular Avalanche Gulch, which offers both cross-country and Telemark skiing opportunities.
Back Country Skiing: For the more adventurous, experienced skiier, Siskiyou County also offers back-country skiing, a risky but thrilling venture that can be very rewarding. Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy and other high points in the area offer back-country skiing opportunities. Contact Shasta Guides for more information.
Snowboarding: Another popular method of skiing is snowboarding, also available at Mt. Shasta Bike, Board & Ski Park, which offers boarders a natural and manmade Terrain Park and an on-site half pipe. Snowboarding is also available on Mt. Shasta's Sand Flat trailhead and Bunny Flat, and wherever skiing opportunities are available.
Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing opportunities are available on Mt. Shasta's Bunny Flat and on the Castle Lake Trail near Mt. Eddy. Mt. Shasta Bike, Board & Ski Park also has some excellent snowshoeing areas.
Snowmobiling: Snowmobiling tracks are accessible from four different trail parks: Deer Mountain off Hwy 97, Pilgrim Creek off Hwy 89, Medicine Lake Link, and Doorknob on Forest Rd 49. Contact the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce for maps and more information.
Sledding: Sledding can be done on practically any hill, but there are two areas on Mt. Shasta, that are particularly good for sledding: Snowman's Hill at the summit of Hwy 89 between Mt. Shasta and McCloud, and Bunny Flat on Mt. Shasta proper. As with all winter sports, caution and common sense apply as to where and when to sled.
Ice Skating: Ice skating is available at Siskiyou Ice Rink, an outdoor skating rink open seven days a week, November through March. Siskiyou Ice Rink is located at Shastice Park, located behind Mt. Shasta High School. For more information, contact the Mt. Shasta Parks and Recreation District at (530) 926-2494, for hours, events, and lessons. Rental skates are available.
Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is of course available throughout the many lakes and rivers of Siskiyou County, including but not limited to Shasta Lake, Lake Siskiyou and Castle Lake. Caution and common sense are advised when deciding when and where to fish.

The Shasta area also has a wide variety of campground spaces available, from "roughing it" simple, open spaces, to sophisticated campgrounds with drinking water, showers, restaurants, even mineral springs, with accomodations for both tents and RVs. The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce divides the list of available camping areas into three categories: Public Commercial Campgrounds , including RV & Tent Campgrounds, State Parks, and U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds. Mt. Eddy also has camping available. There are also privately owned campgrounds available, including Shasta Camp and Railroad Park Resort RV Park, and for Castle Crags State Park, you can even go online to reserve camping space ahead of time by logging on to Castle Crags.

Boating and rafting opportunities abound in the Mt. Shasta area. The many lakes and rivers, both natural and glacial, provide the adventurous with exciting whitewater rafting adventures, or quiet boating or fishing excursions. The Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce has a nice selection of rafting companies ready to send you off on your whitewater adventure, and ShastaHome also provides a nice selection of water activities. Lakeshore Marina also provides a wide variety of rental boats, including houseboats, jet skis, party and patio boats, and all kinds of small boats.

Fishing, like boating, is also abundantly available throughout the Shasta region. Both lake and river fishing can be found through Siskiyou County, whose trout fishing is world class. Fishing areas include Lake Shasta, Lake Shastina, Castle Lake, Lake Siskiyou, McCloud Reservoir, the Upper Sacramento River, the McCloud River and the Pit River, the Trinity River and many more. Check out's online fishing guide for more information.

If hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, camping, boating and fishing are not enough for you, Shasta offers even more interesting activities, both summer and winter. Other things to do include bird watching, caving, swimming, hot air ballooning, scenic tours, tennis, horseback riding, golfing, and more. Or, take a ride on the Yreka Western Railroad or the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train, with spectacular views of Mount Shasta and its environs. For more, contact the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce.

Mount Shasta city and the surrounding cities of Dunsmuir, McCloud, Weed, and Yreka all share a charming collection of boutique and specialty shops. Mount Shasta city itself is particularly well known for its eclectic assortment of mystical bookshops, such as Village Books and Golden Bough Books, and metaphysical and alternative health centers featuring Eastern medicinal herbs and healing techniques such as Crystal Wings, The Wellspring Life Enhancing Center, and many more.

There are also a multitude of mom and pop specialty shops in the Mt. Shasta area, from general stores to ultra-specialized boutique shops. One of the more popular traditional general stores is the McCloud General Store, featuring handmade goods, collectibles, boots, teddy bears, fishing supplies, and just about any general good and sundry you can think of — just like an old-fashioned general store. Another interesting shop is My Favorite Things, "your one-stop shop for complete florist services, gifts, scrapbook supplies, flowers, balloons, plants, collectibles, candy, cards, and crafts", focusing more on holiday and special occasions. Mountain Crest Garden Gifts is a little more specialized, focusing on plants and garden gifts, particularly succulents. Even more specific is German Handcraft Imports, which specializes in handcrafted German folk art, and the Ornbaun-Gibson Ranch is ultra-specialized, focusing exclusively on lavendar based products. Equally specialized is the unique Fire Tee Shirts By Custom Designs, which has created hundreds of custom t-shirts and logos for fire departments all over the West.

And then, of course, there are the numerous sports and souvenir shops to be found in the area, the sports shops mostly focusing on mountain and outdoor sports such as hiking, biking and climbing, and winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Probably the best place to go for Shasta-specific souvenirs is Boss Photo, which sells not only the traditional mugs, t-shirts and novelties, but is also a full-service camera shop, selling cameras, camera supplies, film, and processing services. The major sports shops, of which there are many, include House of Ski & Board, which sells and rents skis, snowboards, bikes, and climbing gear. The Fifth Season: Mt. Shasta's Climbing & Ski Shop and the Sportsmen's Den offer the same products and services, the Sportsman's Den also stocking fishing gear.

All in all, the Mt. Shasta area provides a very wide range and high degree of quality shopping opportunities, enough to keep even seasoned power shoppers satisfied, and more than enough to keep casual shoppers busy for hours, days, or even more.

Alliteration aside, Mt. Shasta area restaurants offer much more than a simple snack on the way to the mountain. Mount Shasta city and its neighbors have numerous restaurants of various types to suit most every taste, ranging from exotic French cuisine to classic American diner fare. The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce provides a fairly comprehensive list of restaurants to be found in Mount Shasta city, and has a very nice Dining Guide to most all of the restaurants that can be found throughout both Mount Shasta city and neighboring cities.

Some of the more popular restaurants include Mount Shasta Resort's Highland House Restaurant and McCloud Lodge's The Briarpatch Restaurant, which offer upscale dining in full view of the mountain. Lily's offers California-style cuisine in a charming cottage-type atmosphere, surrounded by lush gardens enclosed by a white picket fence. My personal favorite, The Black Bear Diner, is modeled on the classic American diner, with the exception that it is clean, tastefully decorated, the service is excellent and the food is of superior quality. They also have a very nice souvenir shop, and a great view of the mountain. Some other more novel restaurant experiences include the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train, which takes diners on a beautiful trip around the mountain while serving sumptuous, multi-course meals in richly appointed dining cars, and The Railroad Park Resort, which offers a restaurant, lounge and cabins built inside of authentic (stationary) train cars, with a view of Castle Crags. Also, Raymond's Italian and Serge's Restaurant offer some continental alternatives to classic American cooking.

Finally, if you decide you just wanted a snack after all, check out Bagel Cafe, which serves baked goods, bagels, soup, sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and more; The Coffee Connection, a Christian coffeehouse, open Tuesday-Saturday, offering live music starting at 8 p.m.; Mount Shasta Ski Park's Outdoor Coyote Cafe, and many more.

The availability of lodging in the Mt. Shasta area is mind-boggling. The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce divides the types of lodging into four categories: Bed & Breakfast, Vacation Rentals, Motel & Hotels, and Campgrounds & RV Parks. Though there are far too many to list here, here are a few of the more prominent accomodations available: Mount Shasta Resort is probably the most popular hotel, with excellent accomodations, fine dining (the aforementioned Highland House Restaurant), and even a golf course, near Lake Siskiyou with an excellent view of the mountain. McCloud River & Ski Lodge is another excellent choice, housing The Briarpatch Restaurant and quality living spaces within a rustic log-cabin type setting, only 4 minutes from the Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park.

Other quality accomodations, among many others, include: The Mt. Shasta Ranch Bed & Breakfast. A true B&B, offering "affordable elegance", the "Ranch" part of Mt. Shasta Ranch Bed & Breakfast comes from the fact that the house actually was once a ranch, originally built to breed and train horses. Carriage House Lodging is built to resemble a mountain log home, close to Lake Siskiyou. Railroad Park Resort offers comfortable accomodations within authentic train cars, and SHASTAO - A Philosophical Hermitage reflects the mystical heritage of the area, offering a wide variety of amenities and esoterica to help the world-weary traveler seek for inner peace.

Mt. Shasta is perhaps one of the best overall tourist destinations to be found in the United States, if not the world. Sightseeing, hiking, winter sports, shopping, dining, accomodations and everything else the Shasta area has to offer are all distinctly above par, across the board. This author plans to return to the Shasta area in the near future, to continue to further explore the wonders of the Mt. Shasta region.

For more information, contact the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce, 300 Pine Street, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 USA; toll free: 1-800-397-1519; phone: 530-926-4865; fax: 530-926-0976; e-mail:, or; website: or consult the following links:

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Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Calendar of Events
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: How to Get Here
Mt. Shasta City Online Visitor's Guide
Mount Shasta Region Travel Center
Northern California Travel and Tourism Information Network
Siskiyou County Visitor's Bureau
Mt. Shasta Live
Shasta County Visitor's Bureau
California Environmental Resources Evaluation System: Siskiyou County
United States Geological Survey: Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta Collection
College of the Siskiyous
Shasta Vacations
Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce
McCloud Chamber of Commerce
Weed Chamber of Commerce
Yreka Chamber of Commerce
Redding, California Home Page

University of North Dakota: Volcano World: Shasta, California
University of North Dakota: Volcano World: Cascade Range Volcanoes Summary
University of North Dakota: Volcano World: Mount Shasta Volcano, California
U.S. Geological Survey: Faces of Mount Shasta Reveal Past Eruptions
U.S. Geological Survey: Faces of Mount Shasta: The Face of the Sargents Ridge Cone
U.S. Geological Survey: Faces of Mount Shasta: The Face of the Misery Hill Cone
U.S. Geological Survey: Faces of Mount Shasta: The Face of the Shastina Cone
U.S. Geological Survey: Faces of Mount Shasta: The Face of the Hotlum Cone
U.S. Geological Survey: Mount Shasta, California - Glaciers and Glaciations
Sisson Museum
Map: Mount Shasta and Vicinity, California
U.S. Geological Survey: Black Butte
Northern California Backcountry Pages: Mt. Eddy
California State Parks: Castle Crags
USDA Forest Service: Medicine Lake Highlands
U.S. Geological Survey: Medicine Lake Highlands
Siskiyou County Film Commission: Lake Siskiyou
Lake Shasta Caverns: Official Site
Department of Water Resources: McCloud Reservoir

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Hiking & Backpacking
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Mountaineering Summer Outdoor Recreation Guide
Shasta Mountain Guides
Mount Shasta Climber's Guide
Mount Shasta Wilderness Avalanche and Climbing Advisory
Siskiyou Century Bike Rides
Mt. Shasta Mountain Runners
Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park: Summer Activities

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Winter Recreation Alpine, Downhill, Telemark, Cross Country Skiing Winter Resource Links
Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park
McCloud River & Ski Lodge
Skiing the Cascade Volcanoes: Medicine Lake Volcano
Mt. Shasta Sports: Sports Links

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Camping Camping Guide
Shasta Camp Castle Crags
Northern California Backcountry Pages: Mt. Eddy

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Rafting Water Activities
Lakeshore Marina, Shasta Lake

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Fishing Fishing Guide
Fishing on the Shasta-Trinity National Forests
The Fish Sniffer Online: Lake Siskiyou Fishing
Jack Trout Fly Fishing
Trinity Canyon Fly Fishing
California Deptartment of Fish and Game

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Misc. Activities
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Winter Sports
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Things To Do Summer Outdoor Recreation Guide
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Golfing
Golfing at Mount Shasta Resort
Shasta Cove Stables
Shasta Sunset Dinner Train
Yreka Western Railroad 2002
Hot Air Balloons USA

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Shopping Shopping
The Seventh Fire
German Handcraft Imports
McCloud General Store
Mountain Crest Garden Gifts
Ornbaun-Gibson Lavender Ranch
Alps Log Furniture
Fire Tee Shirts By Custom Designs
Village Books
House of Ski & Board
The Fifth Season: Mt. Shasta's Climbing & Ski Shop
Mt. Shasta Snowboard Shop

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Restaurants Restaurants/Dining Guide
Mount Shasta Resort: Highland House Restaurant
McCloud Lodge: The Briarpatch Restaurant
Shasta Sunset Dinner Train
The Black Bear Diner
The Railroad Park Resort
Raymond's Italian
Serge's Restaurant

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce: Lodging Lodging
Mount Shasta Resort
Mount Shasta Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Mount Shasta Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Mount Shasta Vacation Rentals
McCloud River & Ski Lodge
Railroad Park Resort
SHASTAO - A Philosophical Hermitage

(The above links are presented in no particular order, and are not 100% comprehensive.)

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The Mt. Shasta Book: A Guide to Hiking, Climbing, Skiing, and Exploring the Mountain and Surrounding Area
Andrew Selters, Michael Zanger
At 14,162 feet, Mt. Shasta dominates its landscape and provides endless recreation opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. Although official trails are few, this overview of the surrounding area provides plenty of access routes and trip descriptions to help hikers, climbers, skiers, and mountain bikers make the most out of the diverse terrain. A waterproof, foldout topographic map is included. (Review by
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Climbing Mt. Shasta
Steve Lewis
Climbing Mt. Shasta contains 12 comprehensive chapters and power packed appendices loaded with resourceful information. This book was produced in very high quality paper with an attractive color cover and eight pages with color pictures. Also, there are several black and white pictures along with an aerial map, several maps and charts. The book has a lot of subheadings making it easy for the reader to follow. Chapter One begins by introducing the Volcano's eruptive history, its thick icy glaciers, and the story of the first recorded summit ascent on Mt. Shasta. The next few chapters acquaint the reader, or climber, with the hazards and rewards of mountaineering allowing those of you who know little about the Mountain to become better acquainted with it. You will also be introduced to weather, safety, climbing techniques, and proper use of equipment. Re-live the dramatic story of the climber who survived two lonely, cold nights without sleeping gear at 12,000 feet. Subsequent chapters prepare you for your climb up the mountain. Once you're packed, author Steve Lewis takes you on a step-by-step journey to the summit. Finally, glissade with him 2,000 feet down a snowfield as he takes you safely back to base camp. Enjoy your stay in the Mt. Shasta area with the last chapter titled Camping and Recreation. Appendices include a mountaineering glossary, mountaineering stores, and resourceful phone contacts. (Review by
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Mt. Shasta: History, Legend & Lore
Michael Zanger
Virtually unknown until the early 1800s, Northern California's solitary Mount Shasta is widely acknowledged as a spot of great beauty and power. This fascinating book by Shasta guide and scholar Michael Zanger draws on a wide range of traditions and sources to present the most complete history of the mountain ever written. Native American legends, tales from early explorers and Gold Rush Forty-niners, and accounts of geological discoveries are accompanied by hundreds of period photos, engravings, and documents. (Review by
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Mt. Shasta California's Mystic Mountain
Emilie A. Frank
This 27-chapter book with 208 pages, loaded with photographs, includes interviews with unusual and/or psychic persons who have had transcendental experiences on Mt. Shasta. Another claimed to have met an "Ascended Master" named Saint Germain beside a stream on the mountain, was spiritually taught and told to form The Saint Germain Foundation, which also has worldwide followers. Also, included are exclusive interviews; strange occult "happenings" on the mountain; descriptions of the mysterious circles, mounds, domes and pyramids found on the slopes of Mt. Shasta; UFO activity in the immediate realm of Mt. Shasta (which includes the alleged abduction of a Happy Camp woman); complete account of the 1987 Harmonic Convergence on the slopes of Mt. Shasta -- which led to an occult happening bringing even more national media attention; and an account of Elizabeth Clare Prophet's visit and her channeled messages from Lemurian beings and "Masters" within Mt. Shasta. (Review by
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