Five Must-See Things When Visiting Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta is a popular destination for tourists who wish to experience the region’s natural and rugged beauty, as well as for those who come for a spiritual awakening.
Whatever your reason for being at Mount Shasta, here are five must-see things while you are in town.
Everitt Memorial Highway
It is an absolute must. Ride the winding 14-mile Everitt Memorial Highway to reach Bunny Flat at an elevation of 6,950 feet. The view of Mount Shasta is breathtaking from this vantage point and Bunny Flat is the starting point for intrepid climbers and outdoor adventurers.
In late spring, summer, and early fall (when there is no snow) you can drive even further to the end of the Everitt Memorial Freeway to reach the Old Ski Bowl at 7,840 feet from the south side of Mount Shasta. Bring a picnic – and a camera – and enjoy rocky views like no other above the tree line.
The non-stop ride to the top of the Everitt Memorial takes about half an hour, making it an easy way to experience the unique beauty of the Cascades’ second highest peak and California’s fifth tallest mountain.
Nestled in the forest is the castle’s pristine glacial lake, which is as pretty as a postcard in summer and winter.
With its granite cliffs and clear waters, Castle Lake is one of the most popular attractions in the Mount Shasta area. People can hike, swim, fish and kayak in calm water on the lake. A short, easy waterfront trail follows its west side, or embark on a slightly more challenging adventure and hike to Heart Lake. Recently improved by volunteers from the Mt. Shasta Trail Association, the moderate 2.2 km round-trip hike offers views of Black Butte, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. McLoughlin.
In winter, Castle Lake freezes and is suitable for skating and ice fishing. It is a magical place not to be missed.
Wagon Creek Bridge over Siskiyou Lake
Siskiyou Lake is known for its brilliant reflections of Mount Shasta, especially on calm mornings, and there is an easy seven mile walking trail that circles the lake. But if you only have time for a quick visit, don’t miss the Wagon Creek Bridge, accessible from Mt. Shasta Resort and North Shore Road.
Built in 2010, this magnificent arch bridge spans 262 feet above the lake. It’s a great spot for photos, so take a moment to snap a few before looking down onto the lake to watch boaters or waterfowl play in its waters.
A new age mecca, Mount Shasta is home to several specialty crystal stores, where you can find 25-cent agate coins to $ 25,000 amethyst geodes as large as you.
People have treasured crystals, stones, and gemstones for thousands of years. Some collect crystals just because they are beautiful while others believe they have healing properties.
Whether you think everything is crazy or have a piece of rose quartz in your pocket right now, no trip to Mount Shasta would be complete without popping into a crystal store or two.
Mount Shasta Sisson Museum
For a small town like Mount Shasta, the Sisson Museum is modern and constantly updated to ensure there is something for everyone.
With three large exhibition halls and an event hall for special activities and exhibits, visitors can learn the geological history of Mount Shasta and fascinating facts about the formation of the region. Take a walk through the history of the city and the kids will enjoy awesome interactive activities.
Also bring some quarters. When the Mount Shasta Hatchery is open, you can put them in a machine to buy pellets that can be fed to the fish. Kids love to watch the fish jump and whirl in the troughs of the oldest trout hatchery west of the Mississippi.
The Mount Shasta Sisson Museum is located at 1 N. Old Stage Rd., 530-926-5508. Admission is $ 1 per person.
Skye Kinkade is the editor-in-chief of the Mount Shasta area newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She has been a lifelong fourth generation resident of Siskiyou County.