Mount Shasta, CA, USA

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Mount Shasta, CA, USA

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Volcanic grandeur in Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta the town is flanked by mighty Mount Shasta the volcano, creating a setting that's one to get the neck craning upwards and the camera lenses a-clicking. Once just a remote lumber outpost on the Siskiyou Trail, it boomed in the 1800s with the coming of the Central Pacific, slowly snowballing into a haven for skiers, hikers, mountain bikers, and adventurers. The center itself has all the charm you'd expect of a Californian highland resort, packed with hearty Tex-Mex joints, speakeasy-style bars, and cozy Mount Shasta vacation rentals that beckon after a long day on the snow.

Meet the slopes of Mount Shasta

There are lots of ways to experience Mount Shasta. You could pull on the climbing gear and scale the summit – it's accessible both summer and winter. You could go cross-country skiing around its base, or hit the pistes of the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Or, you can shoot for the clouds. Charter a private helicopter flyover to see the majestic beauty of the Shasta Cascades unfold before you, go for small-plane flyover tours across the Pacific Coast ranges, or drift upwards in a hot air balloon for something a little less fast-paced.

Nature and history in Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta, the mountain, is the main attraction in Mount Shasta the town. It beckons hikers with its multiple summit routes up above the Bunny Flat Trailhead on the Avalanche Gulch and the Casaval Ridge. If you've not packed the crampons and the climbing gear, you can have just as much fun sticking to the lowlands. That's where you'll discover the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum and its exhibits related to the rumbling geology of the volcano, its array of Native American basket weave, and antique fire engines – perfect for the little ones.

Powder plumes and sunny slopes in Mount Shasta

Winter in the Shasta Cascades ushers in the ski season. From December to March, when the snow falls and the mountain ridges are covered in pillows of fresh powder, the slopes open and the chairlifts are go. You could book Mount Shasta vacation rentals close to the Mt. Shasta Ski Park to make the most of all that. Alternatively, the spring and summer are the popular hiking periods. They run from May to September, and will still see small dashes of snow on the highest ridges. Pack your hardiest boots and get ready to explore the grandeur of the region.

Mount Shasta vacation rentals in the mountains

The mountains of the Cascades are what have been drawing wide-eyed travelers to this far-flung part of the West Coast since the 1800s. They are undeniably fantastic. Mount Shasta itself casts a long shadow over the town. It's cone-tipped like you'd expect of a potentially active volcano, but still comes clad in ice – from the northern Hotlum Glacier to the cascading valley glacier of Whitney. Routes to the higher reaches of the peak include the Bunny Flat Trail, the Green Butte Ridge Trails, and the Horse Camp Trail.