Bring food and water since you can get lost for hours on this page. If you find this page helpful, or just fun, send a link to your friends. There are many local businesses, organizations, etc. that don’t have websites (or maybe we missed them). The lists are alphabetical. If you find errors or have comments or suggestions please contact us.
Anne Kinkade is a long time local artist that many of us appreciate for her creativity, imagination, and versatility. She states on her site: “This process is my personal journey and finally a spiritual one. I surrender to the application of textiles and color, allowing the painting to grow as it wants to be, not asserting my control, but letting the journey unfold, finding the ultimate path through the chaos of the beginnings. It requires courage and passion.” Visit the site to see her works.
The Gallery in Mount Shasta has original paintings, prints, sculptures, photography, handmade jeweler, and gifts. They also do framing. Visit the site to view their pictures, order one online, or find out about their events.
Kevin Lahey has been photographing Mount Shasta for 30 years. The site has amazing photos of the mountain, waterfalls, local lakes, bald eagles, trains, skiing, and more. Enjoy the photos, buy a print, or hire him to for portraits or events. Kevin has been known to get himself into some strange places to get photos of wildlife or just the right view.
The Klamath-Siskiyou Art Center is located off the beaten path in Happy Camp which is on the Klamath River about an hour and a half west of I-5. It is a long and beautiful drive. Be sure to check out the Dreams section on their site which has short, artistic videos in which people describe sleeping dreams. There are other video shorts, galleries, and links.
Liberty Arts in Yreka is a non-profit that was founded in 1985 by a group of artists, writers, philosophers, and community members to employ the arts to address social issues. Their mission statement is “To serve a charitable and educational purpose by enriching the cultural heritage and communications among all peoples of the world through creations of works of fine arts and other art forms”. The site has a gallery, calendar of events, and discusses their education programs. Their art is often interesting, quirky, and fun.
Alas, the Mount Shasta Film Festival, after 5 successful years, has ended due to economic problems. Many thanks to Jeffrey Winters who founded and tirelessly kept the film festival going. He did a great job and it was an amazing accomplishment. The site is still up (as of 2010).
The Significance of Mount Shasta as a Visual Resource includes articles on expedition, women, Native American, and railroad survey artists. There is a section on Bierstadt, Hill, Keith, and Muir with paintings from the 1860s and 1870s. The San Francisco Art Boom part provides a history of 19th century San Francisco artists that came here to paint the mountain and surrounding beauty. It gives bios of a number of the artists and shows their paintings. It is fun to guess where the artist’s views were taken from.
The Siskiyou Arts Council has a primary focus in the visual arts but also supports writing, poetry, and dance. They have a gallery at 418 N. Mount Shasta Blvd., just across the parking lot from our office. View the site for information on art shows, programs, news, and links to other arts related sites.
Mount Shasta Pedali is a local, non-for-profit, bicycle club “dedicated to the enjoyment of cycling in Siskiyou County”. There are regular group rides, a calendar of rides and tours, and a links page for bicycle shops, other local clubs, route maps, etc. Get off the couch and get going!
The Mount Shasta Summit Century What could be better – challenging climbs, breath taking scenery, and lightly trafficked roads. There are various levels of distance and elevation gain for riders of different capability. Visit the site to view route maps, photos, training tips, and links.
The Siskiyou Century is a ride that takes off from Yreka and offers various routes including the Shasta Valley and Scott Valley. Their links page includes other clubs and other century rides. You can register on the site, view routes, and get general information.
BOOKS AND OTHER MEDIA REGARDING MOUNT SHASTA
THE OUTER MOUNT SHASTA:
The Mt. Shasta Book by Andy Selters and Michael Zanger is a great resource for climbing, hiking, and backpacking on Mount Shasta and in the surrounding area. Andy has climbed and guided on mountains throughout the world. Michael founded the Shasta Mountain Guides in the mid 1970’s and has been a resident and outdoor adventurer here for over 40 years.
Mount Shasta Reflections, by Jane English, Renee Casterline, John Jackson, and Larry Turner provides beautiful photographs Mount Shasta in her various moods, wildflowers, and more. It also includes interesting personal stories told by local residents.
75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, by John Soares, is very good source of hiking info in two of the worlds magical and beautiful areas. John has a personal love for our area and has been a member of the board of directors of the Mount Shasta Trail Association for a number of years.
The Mount Shasta Guide to Fun, by Robin Kohn, provides a wealth of info about outdoor activities in the extended Mount Shasta area including skiing, hiking, bicycling, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, driving tours, etc. She discusses preparation, risk management, and planning. The book includes numerous photos, maps, & illustrations. Check out Robin’s guide and planning services at Mount Shasta Fun Guide.
Climbing Mt. Shasta, by David E. Cressman, Timothy S. Keating, and James “JB” Brown, is an in depth guide to climbing Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch. The authors are guides from SWS Mountain Guides and directed the book towards those climbing Mount Shasta for the first time.
Mount Shasta Area Rock Climbing, by Grover Shipman, is a detailed guide to rock climbing in Siskiyou County. He particularly focuses on Castle Crags, including aerial photos taken from a chartered helicopter. Beyond rock climbing he documents the natural and human history of the area.
Sudden and Solitary: Mount Shasta and Its Artistic Legacy 1841-2008, by William C. Miesse with Robyn G. Peterson, is a compilation of artwork inspired by the mysterious and majestic over a period of 160+ years. It includes artists that accompanied early explorers, visionary artists, and well known artists as Albert Bierstadt and William Keith.
Mount Shasta: History, Legends, and Lore, by Michael Zanger could probably go into either the Outer or Inner Mount Shasta categories here. Michael goes backwards in time to provide stories, history, and lore of early peoples, explorers, settlers, and more. You can also refer to the You can also refer to the Mount Shasta Annotated Bibliography, by William C. Miesse via College of the Siskiyous.
THE INNER MOUNT SHASTA:
In Adventures of a Western Mystic, Peter Mt. Shasta takes us on his journey as a spiritual seeker. It is an inspiring book that includes his meetings with enlightened beings, his connections with eastern teachers, and his adventures in Mount Shasta, India, and more. We have known Peter since the early 70’s. You may or may not look at the world the way Peter does but if you meet him you will find a kind, intelligent, being with a great heart.
I Am The Open Door, by Peter Mt. Shasta, is a compilation of Ascended Master dictations.
Mount Shasta California’s Mystic Mountain, by Emilie A. Frank, provides interviews and accounts of persons who have had transcendental experiences on Mount Shasta. They relate to Ascended Masters, UFO’s. Lemurians, channeled messages, and more. From 1954 to her passing in 1996 she wrote many articles for local newspapers and was a familiar name here.
Mount Shasta Sightings, by Brian David Wallenstein, is an exploration of the history, background, and reported sightings of UFO’s in the Mount Shasta area. The author concludes that we are not alone and that there those from other planets whose purpose is to support humanity.
The Mount Shasta Mission, by Machaelle Small Wright, is a mystical story relating to earth and beyond with messages relating to the follies of humanity, solutions, and more.
Mysteries of Mount Shasta: Home of the Underground Dwellers and Ancient Gods, edited by Timothy Green Beckley, explores survivors of ancient civilizations living within the mountain, Sasquatch, UFO’s, Saint Germaine, visionary experiences, spirit guides, and more.
The Lemurian Connection is a website that views Mount Shasta as one of the most sacred sites on the planet. It speaks of Lemurian history, connections to the “Confederation of Planets, includes newsletter, events, and channeling sections, and more.
The Mount Shasta Magazine includes articles, links, and more relating to the spiritual, health, self empowerment, and beyond.
Telos, Original Transmissions, by Dianne Robbins, is about the subterranean city of Lemurians underneath Mount Shasta. If you are a Lemurian fan, check it out.
The Best In The West Resort has cabins, RV sites, etc. in Castella near the Sacramento River. Walk over to the river to fish or to take a swim. The Sacramento River trail is nearby.
The Castle Crags State Park campground is on the front edge of the amazingly beautiful Castle Crags. There are 76 developed sites nestled in the woods and a great hiking trail that rises about 2200 feet to the base of Castle Dome that is accessed through the campground. You can swim or fish in the Castle Creek that flows along the base of the Crags or jump in the Sacramento River which is across the freeway. Be sure to take a look at the stuffed mountain lion in the park entry building. It was hit by a car near Lake Britton which is miles east of McCloud on highway 89. It is very impressive. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park and is accessible from a number of locations. A great hike is to leave a car at Castle Lake and hike there from the state park. It takes several hours, involves considerable elevation gain, and you have to know when to leave the trail to bush whack to the lake.
The Lake Siskiyou Campground is just a few miles outside of Mount Shasta City on the edge of the 430 acre Lake Siskiyou. There are 360 sites spread out over the 250 acre campground. There are also cabin-like RVs that can be rented overlooking the lake. The 600 foot beach is popular with the locals for swimming or sunbathing as well as with campers and has kayaks, canoes, and paddle wheelers for rent. There is a marina and bait shop that rents patio boats and fishing boats and an excellent boat ramp. And what could be better than viewing the mountain over Lake Siskiyou. There is not much to this website.
The McCloud Dance Country RV Resort has full hook-up RV sites, cabins, & tent camping. You can fly fish the McCloud River, fish or water ski on Lake McCloud, or hike the Squaw Creek trail. McCloud has the closest town access to the east side Mount Shasta hiking and climbing trail heads.
The Mount Shasta KOA is just a short walk to downtown Mt. Shasta. It has full hookups and is away from the freeway. It is in the city limits north of downtown.
At Railroad Park (Dunsmuir) you can have dinner in a railroad car, sleep in a caboose, or spend the night in your RV or tent in the creek side camping area. It is close to Castle Crags, the Sacramento River, Dunsmuir, and Castella. The Pacific Crest Trail is accessible just to the south where it crosses the freeway.
The Trinity Mountains Resort or Shasta Cabins is not really a camp ground but we put it under camping because of the unique and special location at 5,540 feet elevation. It is on the east edge of the Trinity Mountains just to the west of Castle Crags. It feels like it is in another world but it is just 20+ minutes from the Castella exit on I-5. The cabins are rustic little houses with kitchenettes and available telephone, internet, and TV. There are great opportunities for fishing, hiking, swimming, or just back roads exploring.
Shasta Camp (Mount Shasta) is just down the road from Castle Lake. It has woods, meadows, creek, and privacy and is in a beautiful back country area spotted with high mountain lakes. It is operated by a non-profit on leased government land. There is a lodge building plus 20 tent sites & 12 RV sites. It is a great place for retreats, weddings, reunions, etc., and is available both for summer and winter use.
The Shasta Trinity U.S. Forest is a 2.1 million acre forest with 6,278 miles of rivers & streams, hundreds of mountain lakes, incomparable scenery, & huge opportunities for camping and more.
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, VISITOR CENTERS:
The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce is a good source for info on our community which is located at the base of our magnificent 14,162 foot mountain. The city sits at an elevation of about 3500 feet. Short drives from town take you to Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake, the golf resort, and to about 7,900 feet up Mount Shasta. There are spectacular high mountain lakes, creeks and rivers, and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. Be sure to visit the headwaters of the Sacramento River which is a beautiful, natural spring in the city park.
The Weed Chamber of Commerce is a resource for the town at the head of the Shasta Valley on I-5. No, it was not named after unwanted plants that come up in your garden or illegal drugs. Abner Weed built the lumber mill that supported the growth of the town and his name became its name.
The Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce supports the town with the scenic Sacramento River running through it. It is great for fishing, rafting, a cool summer dip, or just hanging out. Dunsmuir was originally an important railroad center, still has an active railroad yard, and a train exhibit at the park. The site has interesting historical information and photos, fishing info, an events calendar, links, and more.
The McCloud Chamber of Commerce provides a good overview of McCloud’s rich history starting with Hudson Bay Company trappers that were the first white men (that they know of) to go through the valley where the town now stands. The McCloud River Lumber Company was started in 1897 and eventually sold to U.S. Plywood in 1963 that later merged with Champion International, and so on. The mill finally closed in 2002. The town was developed and owned by the company until 1965 when they began the process of selling the homes to the tenants. With Mount Shasta towering over the town, seemingly endless forests, the McCloud River and Squaw Creek it is a scenic and outdoor paradise.
The Yreka Chamber of Commerce takes you into the past beginning in March, 1851 when six gold miners were on their way from the Scott River country up to Oregon and camped out about a quarter mile from what is now Yreka. Between heavy rains and their mules disturbing the ground they noticed flecks of gold in the ground. Word got out and within six weeks there were 2,000 miners there and so it went. The name Yreka came from an Indian word for “white Mountain”.
The Visit Siskiyou County Chamber of Commerce is a so-so site with general county info.
CLIMBING & BACK COUNTRY SKIING AND BOARDING:
The Avalanche Report (select one of the Advisories under “Advisory” in the top bar) is very important to those of us that love to snowshoe, back country ski or board, or climb the mountain in the winter. U.S. Forest Service avalanche experts give reports on snow loading, risk factors, areas of concern and more. Besides valuing our lives, it also provides us with info on snow and weather conditions, forecasts, and sometimes where the best places are to ski. The local weather monitoring stations (choose a location under “Conditions” in the top bar) have current temperature, snow depths, wind velocity, and wind direction info. You can track historical data to get an idea of wind loading, settling, etc. The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center site is supported by local fund raising (xlnt parties) and devoted volunteers. There are great photos of the mountain, climbing routes, avalanche zones, maps, avalanche awareness training, links, and even a glossary.
The Fifth Season has climbing information with links to guides and permit info plus they have very good daily climbing and ski reports.
The US Forest Service info site for climbing Mount Shasta has some info.
If you would like a guide for snowshoeing, back country skiing, hiking, etc. check out Robin at Mount Shasta Fun Guide.
The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center is a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the outstanding natural environment and cultural values of Mount Shasta.
The Dunsmuir Events Calendar includes the Old British 99 Car Gathering, the Moss brae Music Festival, the Dunsmuir Art Walk, craft fairs, flower shows, and Railroad Days which celebrates the importance of the railroad in the history of the town.
The McCloud Events Calendar includes the Olde Fashion Christmas, a parade, farmers markets, etc. The Mount Shasta Chamber Events Calendar has the 4th of July Run, art exhibits, ski swaps, a music festival, Taiko drumming, Cool Mountain Nights, quilting, etc.
The Mount Shasta Fun Run and Walk is a great 4th of July event including a 2 mile fun walk, a 2 mile youth run, and a 5 mile race. The route is festive with supporters in costumes, live musicians, and a spirit of fun and friendship. It is also a real race with real prizes. Registrants get a different original artistic tee shirt and generally a chance to win a new car.
The Siskiyou Golden Fair has livestock, live entertainment, cooking demos, 4-H, destruction derby, auctions, petting zoo, food, & much more. It is an annual event at the County Fair Grounds in Yreka every August. Enjoy the food, festivities, and run it to your friends.
The Weed Events Calendar includes Carnevale, bluegrass, the Siskiyou Motorcycle Assoc. Round the Mountain Benefit, and more.
The Wesak Festival is an annual spiritual event with healers, speakers, teachers, musicians, interesting products, and more. Check it out for a unique experience.
Jack Trout is an international fishing guide. Locally they go out on the upper and lower Sacramento River, the McCloud River, Pit River, Trinity River, and Klamath River. If you are really out for adventure he also does guided trips to Patagonia, Chile, and Belize. They also do local hiking half and full day scenic hiking trips to mountain lakes and waterfalls as well as float and rafting trips.
South County Fishing info is provided by the Mount Shasta Chamber of commerce. This gives a very good overview of local lakes including Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake, & Gumboot Lake, etc. and local rivers including the Sacramento River and the McCloud River. It has limits and fishing methods for various locations, access points, and interesting information. Did you know that Castle Lake is at about 5200 feet elevation and was formed about 10,000 years ago by glaciations or that Gumboot Lake is about 18 feet deep?
Three Rivers Guide Service serves the McCloud, Pit, and Upper Sacramento Rivers. They specialize in trout fly fishing and steelhead fishing. The site has photos, river descriptions, and links to various informative fishing related sites.
FITNESS CENTERS, YOGA, RUNNING, ETC:
Mountain Fitness (MF)has exercise centers in Mount Shasta (MF At The Wellness Center and Total Woman Workout and MF South Mount Shasta), Weed (MF at School Hill Wellness), and Lake Shastina. Most of the centers have weight and aerobic training. Some have pools, saunas, hot tubs, and or racquetball courts.
The Mount Shasta Mountain Runners is not just a running club. They created and sponsor the 4th of July Fun Run and Walk which actually is very fun. It is not only a serious running event but, well, a big party. Along the route you will find musicians, clowns, strange costumes, and more. They do fund raising events and work to beautify our community. We are all grateful to their efforts.
Scott Valley Physical Therapy and Fitness Center in Fort Jones. They have weight training equipment, a 20’x40′ therapy pool, and offer aerobic and circuit training, and various other programs.
Shasta Yoga Center in Mount Shasta: Amy Cooper is a high level yoga teacher with a well trained and experienced staff. They offer classes, retreats (including in Hawaii and rafting on the Klamath River), teacher training, private sessions, yoga therapy, and various workshops.
The Siskiyou Family YMCA in Yreka provides exercise equipment, aerobic training, a climbing wall, and numerous programs for adults and youths including jujitsu, yoga, and basketball and volleyball nights at the high school. Rates are very reasonable.
White Mountain Pilates Studio in Mount Shasta. Pilates is a well regarded conditioning system designed to build flexibility, long, lean muscles, strength and endurance with particular emphasis on the core.
GARDENING & AGRICULTURE:
The Mt. Shasta Interpretive Garden is on the U.S. Forest Service property at Pine Street and Alma. It features native plants for pollinators, food & cover for wildlife, fire dependent species, and plants traditionally used by local Native Americans. There is a pond, local habitats, and lots of beautiful wildflowers.
The Siskiyou County Agriculture Department is involved with pest detection, pesticide control, seed inspection, bird and animal inspection, and more. They also provide an interesting (if you like lots of numbers) annual Crop & Livestock Report for the county. Bet you did not know that in 2009 291,757 tons of alfalfa was harvested, that the goat inventory was 3,000, that 18,000 pounds of wool was produced, or that there were 3,587 harvested potato acres.
The Mount Shasta Resort is an 18 hole golf course with 6,035 yards and par 70. It is in a beautiful location close to Lake Siskiyou at about 3,500 feet elevation. There are towering evergreens and exceptional views of Mount Shasta. It is not unusual to see deer on the course and sometimes there is even bear scat from their night time foraging. In the lodge is the Highland House, a full service restaurant and bar with an outdoor patio overlooking the course. There is a pro shop, day spa, tennis courts, and great private chalets for overnight lodging by the lake. There are a few banquet rooms in the lodge that are used for weddings, meetings, etc. Adjacent to the resort is Siskiyou Lake Highlands, with available homes, land, and sometimes condos. Be sure to contact us for more info since we are, of course, a real estate brokerage and this is what we do (a nice little plug for us – watch out, there may be more).
The Lake Shastina Golf Resort is in the Shasta Valley outside the town of Weed. It has a high dessert climate at an elevation of about 2800 feet. The course is open year round whereas the other local courses are more seasonal. The 72 par, 18 hole course has 3 levels of play, 6933 yards, 6536 yards, and 6258 yards. There is also a 9 hole, 35 par, Scottish links course. The lodge includes a bar and grille and pro shop. Adjacent to the course is a large development with over 4,000 parcels mainly ranging in size from about 0.2 to 0.5 acres. Land, home, and condo prices are less expensive than Mount Shasta. If the real estate part sounds interesting please be sure to contact us (another shameless plug).
The Weed Golf Club is in a pretty setting with evergreens and a lovely flowing creek, the course is a 9 hole that plays 18. It has a comfy club house with sandwiches and grilled items. It is just outside of town at about 3400 feet elevation.
The McCloud Golf Course is just south of the town of McCloud in a beautiful local on Squaw Valley Road. It is a 9 hole, 35 par course. There is a restaurant and small pro shop. Squaw Creek, that originates on the mountain at over 8400 feet elevation, flows through the course. Several miles downstream there is a great hike along the creek that crosses the Pacific Crest Trail. Ok, back to golf. The course was established in 1923 by the McCloud River Lumber Company. The town was owned by the lumber company and the course was for employees. It eventually was turned over to membership. Knowing the history may not improve your game but it makes the whole thing a bit more interesting.
Joseph Heller is the creator and founder of Hellerwork, a highly successful integrated system of structural bodywork that has practitioners throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. It combines hands on work to relieve tension and rigidity, movement education to find optimal patterns of balance and alignment, and dialogue to discover patterns that contribute to tension. This is a great opportunity to work with Joseph himself. Joseph has a unique background that allowed him to develop the system. He was an aerospace engineer that began training with Ida Rolf, a well known pioneer of the body therapy movement and Judith Aston (Aston Patterning). Applying his engineering skills and understanding of the body and nature he founded Hellerwork in the late 1970’s. Joseph works together with his lovely wife Kathleen.
Kim Merlino Kim Merlino uses acupuncture, Reiki energy work, energy psychology, hands on body work, and Eastern methods of nutrition and medicine to provide a well rounded therapy. He was trained in oriental medicine at Five Branches Institute and at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. Kim’s treatments are healing and very relaxing. If you are lucky he will play one of his own music CDs.
The Mount Shasta Institute of Holistic Therapies provides a number of different massage techniques, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Ayurvedic assessment, Qi Gong, and dietary recommendations. They also offer training courses in most of the above therapies. There are several practitioners / faculty working together there. The site has some local links.
Lynette Schmidt, White Thunder Crow is a Cherokee Shaman and Medicine Woman, medical intuitive, and Reiki practitioner. Her White Thunder Native American Medicine site states “As Native American Medicine sees disease states, they are passed down from Seven Generations and affect Seven future Generations. Our relationship to all that has gone before us is what we can change”. There are links on the site to artists, photographers, and Native American blankets.
The Doctors Park of Mt. Shasta has a variety of specialists including orthopedic surgeons Todd Guthrie MD, Glen O’Sullivan MD, and Thomas Daniel MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation Peter Grant MD, Radiology Peter Halt MD, and surgeon Julie Conyers MD. Pretty amazing for a town of our size to have three orthopedic doctors plus the all our other specialists. The site has patient info, physician bios, travel info, etc.
The Mercy Medical Center is a small hospital by big city standards and a large one for a town our size. It provides a wide range of services including a level 3 emergency/trauma unit, a labor – delivery – recovery section (with home like rooms), in & outpatient surgery, orthopedic, cardio-pulmonary, hospice, intensive care, diagnostic imaging (Nuclear Medicine, CT, MRI, Advanced Ultrasound, Mammography/CAD, Angiography, Interventional Imaging, Myelography) – well, you get the idea. They have a lot to offer.
The Siskiyou Medical Group is “an association of physicians organized to provide high quality, cost effective medical care based on the Family Practice model”. They have a long list of services including family practice, obstetrics – gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, acute care, and diabetic counseling. They have doctors and services in various South County towns. The site is pretty sparse.
HIGHWAY – REPORTS, WEBCAMS, & DRIVES:
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway passes the south side of our mountain from Mount Lassen on Highway 89, goes along the west side on I-5 and continues over the north side on Highway 97 heading up to Crater Lake via Klamath Falls. The site has photos, info, and relevant links along the route.
The Caltrans Chain Control site provides chain requirements for Siskiyou County, Shasta County, and other regional areas. If you are heading out on the highway be sure to check it out.
This Caltrans Highway Cams page is a regional map showing web cam locations. Check the county you are interested in and click to the camera you want. We use the site not only to anticipate the conditions we will be dealing with but sometimes to decide if we even want to go. Even if you are not heading out on the road it is fun to see what is happening out there (hmmm, maybe we are road voyeurs). The yellow and red buttons also give compete weather data including temperature, wind, & precipitation.
The Caltrans Current Highway Info site is very handy. You type in the highway number you are interested in and it gives current road updates. Keep in mind it also has information on construction delays which can be useful in choosing your route, how much time to allow, or when to go. You can also call 800-427-7623.
If you are heading north the Southern Oregon Web Cams are a great resource to find out what current conditions are, especially on the Siskiyou Summit which is the highest pass in on I-5 in Oregon at 4310 feet. If you are going to Ashland or Medford you have to go over the pass. If there are snowy or icy conditions traffic can become very backed up. Or if you are going up there for the day and just want to know if the sun is shining take a quick look.
For Snow & Ice Driving Tips and info you can visit the Weather.com or Caltrans site. If you are unfamiliar with driving in winter conditions or just need a refresher this site can be helpful. Even for experienced drivers it usually takes a little time to get used to winter driving each year so drive extra slow.
HIKING AND BACKPACKING:
Hike Mt Shasta is a great site and an obvious labor of love. It is an excellent resource for hikes on and around Mount Shasta, in other parts of Siskiyou County and beyond. It not only provides a wealth of information on the hikes but includes excellent photos. The hikes range from easy local trails to challenging hikes in the Trinities. Trails include sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and numerous lake and waterfall destinations. You can access the facebook page for current updates, user comments, etc.
For Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County Hiking visit this great site. It includes hikes to Deadfall Lakes, Castle Crags, Horse Camp, Squaw Valley /South Gate Meadow, Castle Lake, and more. Photos are included and new hikes are added as time passes. Surprise! – it is part of our site – be sure to check it out.
The Northern California Hiking Trails Blog is presented by John Soares who is co-author of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California and a Mount Shasta resident – what better place to live if you love the outdoors. There are blogs of hikes, conditions, updates, links to other blogs and more.
The Mount Shasta Trail Association has a good Trail Guide section with some lovely hikes (though keep in mind most of the hikes around here are lovely so that may not be saying much relatively speaking) and good directions. The McCloud River’s three waterfalls are large and impressive with cool pools for a summer’s dunk and easy hiking. The Castle Lake to Heart Lake hike is a favorite for most of us with a spectacular view of Shasta from across Heart Lake and an elevation gain of about 600 feet. If you are willing to step it up a bit with about 1100 feet of elevation gain at a higher altitude South Gate Meadows at the top of the Everette Memorial on the mountain is wonderful. Check out these and other hikes on the site.
The Pinegr-La site is put up by Shasta Cabins which is located to the west of Castle Crags in the beginning of the Trinity Mountains. There are trail directions for hikes in that area including, Twin Lakes, Tamarack Lake (beautiful high mountain lakes), view points, swimming holes, and more.
Visit Scenic Hiking Tours with Jack Trout for day and half day guided hikes to local waterfalls, mountain lakes, and along the Pacific Crest Trail. They can take you to the “12 best” photo shoots and will provide gourmet lunches on request. The Sierra Club Lodge (Shasta Alpine Lodge), dedicated in 1923, is on 720 acres in the Mount Shasta Wilderness at an elevation of 7950′ in an incredibly beautiful location. It is mainly built of indigenous materials including volcanic rock and Shasta Red Fir. An important feature is its natural spring water source.
The Siskiyou Wanderers is a hiking group that does numerous local hikes throughout the area. On the site they post their schedule, have photos of their pets, brief descriptions of favorite hikes, and some useful links. They pick very nice hikes with typically enough distance and elevation gain to make getting home to the couch look good by the end of the day.
HIKING FORUMS are great resources for information on gear, locations, trail updates, food, used equipment, finding hiking partners, trip reports, and just being able to share what you love. The various forums often also include climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling and more. The Backpacker Magazine Forums is a popular site with members from around the world. Backpacking Light also has members from other countries and is a great resource for anything about light backpacking and more. You can lurk the forums for free but if you want to post or read the excellent reviews they provide, etc. there is an annual fee. NWHikers relates mostly to areas north of us but if you are a committed hiker that is just part of our big back yard and much what is shared is general info. TrailGroove Online Magazine has, in addition to various forums, interesting articles, blogs, and reviews. Trailspace is most oriented towards gear but in addition to numerous reviews has a general range of forums. Practical Backpacking in addition to a wide range of forums provides informational podcasts.
MORE RELATING TO HIKING: Backpackergeartest.org has hundreds of in depth user reviews of everything from sleeping bags, tents, and backpacks to dog hiking wear, packable watercraft, solar chargers and everything in between. Many of the reviews are old but new ones are entered regularly.
HISTORY / MUSEUMS / CULTURAL CENTERS:
The Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County has a research center available to the public, offers classes, provides databases, and in general acts to “to collect, preserve and publish genealogical biographical and historical matters relating to American families and places”. It is operated as a public service and their rates for assistance are very reasonable.
Klamath River Corridor. Take a virtual historical journey from Yreka, up the Shasta River onto the Klamath River, through Happy Camp to Orleans. You will see vintage pictures of places you never knew existed and travel back through time. Take a chance, it’s an interesting trip.
For Mount Shasta History, Native, Americans, Spanish, English, & Russian explorers, early expeditions, migrations, mountaineering, Lemurians, Ascended Masters, Joaquin Miller, John Muir, legends, and more. The articles are a series of are introductory essays to Mount Shasta: An Annotated Bibliography.
The Native American site is a rich source from which to learn about local tribes including the Shasta, Wintu, Modoc, Achumawi, and Astugewi. There is information on population, culture, linguistics, territory, social organization, trade, and subsistence.
We loved skiing the Old Ski Bowl. When it was good it was great. There were magical days when town was overcast and we would be skiing in the brilliant sunshine above a magical sea of clouds. Then there were the other days when visibility was less than zero and the wind wanted to blow you off the chairs. The main lift went from 7850 feet elevation to 9200 feet in a large open bowl with the mountain peak towering above and views of the Trinities in the distance.
Oregon-California Trails Association. Some of the brave and often desperate souls that traveled across the continent to California and Oregon passed through Siskiyou County trails. Some came here for gold. Some stayed. Learn more about the journey.
The People’s Center – the Karuk Tribe of California Museum and Cultural Center. It includes a gallery/museum, gift shop, basket weaving classroom, library, etc. Located in Happy Camp on the Klamath River.
Siskiyou Cemeteries Central. Search birth, marriage, and death registers, view cemeteries and lists of occupants, take a trip back in time.
The Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka has galleries and exhibits that include Native American Indians, gold mining, timber, Chinese in Siskiyou County, firearms, pioneer settlement, trappers, and period rooms. There is an outside museum that includes 5 historical and 4 recreated structures. It has a research library with a vast collection of historical photographs, manuscripts, books, newspapers, maps, etc.
Siskiyou County School History. Interested in historic elementary schools in local places you never knew existed? Do you like historic photos? Or you just a voyeur of the past? If so take a look at this site from the Siskiyou County Office of Education.
Siskiyou County Library. Get a card and the past, present, and world are at your door step via the library site which not only takes you on local journeys but as a portal to more than 35 million documents online. While you are at it join your local Friends of the Library and Cover2Cover to support these important institutions.
The Sisson Museum got its name from our original town name, Sisson. In 1924 it was renamed Mount Shasta City. The museum building was erected in 1906 as the main fish hatchery building. A group of civic minded citizens obtained a lease on the building and start-up funding from the state under the umbrellas of the local Chamber of Commerce, and the building was renovated depending heavily on donated material and labor. It opened in 1983. There is mountaineering wall including pictures of the first horse, the first man, and the first woman to climb the mountain. There is a presentation commemorating the six servicemen that lost their lives during World War II when their B-24 Bomber crashed near Black Butte. There are displays of artifacts, vintage women’s clothing, photographs, special events, and a gift shop. And of course visit the hatchery.
Snowman’s Hill Was the first Shasta ski area. It is located just off the summit of Highway 89 at the turn for the Mount Shasta Ski Park. Today it is a place to sled and toboggan. In the 30’s it was the place for skiing and ski jumping.
The Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum has an old stage coach and a surrey, vintage cameras, lanterns, and typewriters, and much more. They are open through the summer and by appointment at other times.
HOTELS – LODGING
Mount Shasta Hotels – Motels:
The A-1 Choice Inn is located south of the downtown area. They have an outdoor pool and spa, nice landscaping, and are situated in front of a wooded hillside. They offer commercial rates.
The Alpine Lodge is in the south downtown area. It has an outdoor pool and spa, dine in restaurant, a lodge area, and outdoor patio. The site has a gallery of photos.
The Best Western Tree House Motor Inn is at the central exit just off Lake Street. It is one of the larger motels in town with a restaurant, lounge, and indoor pool and spa. Locals have been known to rent a room there in the winter just to be able to swim in the heated pool.
The Cold Creek Inn & Suites is just north of downtown. Pets are welcome, as are their owners, and all the rooms are non-smoking. They have made a substantial effort to be a “green” and healthy establishment with Energy Star compliant equipment, double pane windows (also sound dampening), low VOC paints, carpets containing recycled materials, and non toxic and biodegradable cleaning solutions, natural shampoos and soaps and recycled paper in our office.
The Evergreen Lodge (530-926-2143) does not appear to have a website.
The Finlandia Motel is on the southerly end of town providing easy access to the Ski Park. The deluxe rooms have vaulted ceilings and there is even a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a fireplace that can be rented and could be used as a central gathering place for groups.
The Mount Shasta Resort has very nice, newer, semi-separate units that sit on the edge of Lake Siskiyou across the road from the golf resort. Head out your door and drive up to Castle Lake or take the South Fork Road up into the Trinities. What could be better?
The Mount Shasta Inn & Suites is at the south end of downtown and is the newest motel in the city. It has the normal room amenities plus an outdoor hot spa.
The Strawberry Valley Inn (530-926-3411)is south of downtown near the Casa Ramos Mexican restaurant. It sets back from the road, is beautifully landscaped, and its rock exterior gives it a cozy, attractive look. The Swiss Holiday Lodge is at the southern end of town near Highway 89 offering a quick drive up to the Ski Park. They have an outdoor pool for warmer season use and a covered outdoor hot spa. The Woodsman Hotel (530-926-3411) on south Mount Shasta Blvd. has a large, open lodge with vaulted ceilings centered on a free standing fireplace. The rooms are woodsy and are both up and downstairs.
The Travel Inn is in the downtown, close to everything. The two single story wings face into each other giving it more privacy from the street.
Mount Shasta B&BS:
The Dream Inn is on Chestnut Street in the central downtown area. The Victorian styled main house was built in 1888. The Spanish style house next door was constructed 50 years later. Take a soak in the claw foot tubs and an easy walk throughout town.
The Mount Shasta Ranch Bed & Breakfast main house was built in 1923 as part of a large thoroughbred ranch owned by a wealthy San Franciscan. Rooms are available upstairs and in the original carriage house behind it. There is also a separate 2 bedroom cottage. It is on the W.A. Barr Road on the way to Lake Siskiyou.
The Shasta Mountain Retreat & Spa is on Birch Street in a residential area above downtown. It was built in 1904 by the town mayor, near the current post office. It was abandoned for a period of time until it was moved to its current location and beautifully restored as a labor of love by a local contractor and his wife. It has crown moldings, natural wood, decks, and fireplaces. The site has photos and a virtual tour.
The Shastao Philosophical Hermitage is located outside of town on N. Old Stage Road. The hosts describe themselves as “Integrists, interested in a fusion of Eastern and Western thought. They provide an organic, vegan – vegetarian breakfast. In addition to nightly rates they offer a Rejuvenation Package which includes yoga, raw organic juices, dry-brushing, etc., a Perma-Culture Package teaching organic gardening and sustainable practices, and a Studio Retreat Package offering writers or artistic workshops.
INTERESTING PLACES, WEBSITES & THINGS TO DO:
The Fish Hatchery is a place of fond memories for many of us. Some of us remember going there when we were children and others recall taking our own kids and grandchildren. It is magical and amazing in to see all those fish of various sizes flowing through the water. It is not unusual to see osprey or eagles swooping down for a free snack. Learn about programs, view fish planting schedules, site lists, and maps, and see designated wild trout waters. The site does not have a lot of info on our local hatchery but it is a place to start.
The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is about 13 miles from Weed on Highway 97 at the foot of the mountain. It is on 136 acres of government land and “pays homage to all honorable veterans, in conflict and in peace“. There are beautiful, moving sculptures, a stone wall of veteran’s names, and thousands of replanted trees. “The trees are living tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in war. The sculpture garden, a place for reflection & remembrance, healing & reconciliation“. It was founded in 1988 by a group of veterans. It is definitely worth visiting.
The Mount Shasta Companion from College of the Siskiyou is a compilation of interesting information, photos, maps, satellite images, articles, and on and on. If you did deep enough you will find an article by John Muir, a poem by A.B. Curtis, Harriette C. Eddy’s letter regarding her 1856 first woman’s ascent of the mountain, legends of Lemurians, photos of Shasta Indians, and information Bigfoot which are normally 7-10 feet tall and typically weigh between 500 and 1000 pounds. Parts of the site have been linked to in other sections of Highly Useful Links.
You may not be interested in filming a movie in our area but the Siskiyou County Film Commission site is worth visiting. There are beautiful photos of our lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. There are interesting pictures of caves, mines, historic buildings, lava landscapes, and cattle ranches. I guess I never looked at it that way but there is even a section on “high performance roads on the slopes of Mt. Shasta”.
This is a Mount Shasta City map courtesy of Google.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE:
The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge begins to the east of Highway 97 as it approaches the Oregon border and extends up into Oregon. Visiting the Lower Klamath basin is well worth the hour or so drive from Mount Shasta City. It comprises almost 47,000 acres and was established in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt as the first waterfowl refuge. It is on the Pacific Flyway, the major western migratory route connecting summer grounds in Alaska with winter sites in California and down into Mexico. For some birds it is a stopping place along the route. Others, like Bald Eagles winter there, feasting on waterfowl. They can often be seen in large groups on the ice or clustered in trees. It is a magic place that is part of a heroic journey. This government site has maps, photos, and visitor information.
The Klamath Bird Observatory is a non-profit dedicated to advancing bird and habitat conservation in the Siskiyou – Klamath bioregion of Northern California and Southern Oregon through science, education, and partnerships. They have long term monitoring projects related to bird population trends, demographics, etc. It is a well set up site that provides information on what they do and how they do it. Be sure to check out their interesting newsletters.
The Mount Shasta Area Audubon site is sparse but does provide a brief history of the society which was founded in 1886, contact and membership info, and how to order local birding maps.
The Tule Lake Basin & much more come alive on this site. It is so full of interesting photos and videos of wildlife, farmland, nature, etc you can get very lost here. There are songs, music, art, and a wealth of information including river flow data, birds, animals, trees, etc.
The following are studies from College of the Siskiyous.
Some of the sections overlap:
The Mount Shasta ecology types, provides information on different ecology zones on the mountain and its flanks. It has photos and information regarding trees, plantation areas, ash and pumice deposits, lava flows, and more.
Some people may think that the Shasta Shrew is a local difficult woman but if you are interested in local Fauna go to this site find what it really is. This section includes the Yuma Bat, the Valley Coyote, the Red Fox (often seen around town at night), skunks, mountain lions (yes they live around here), beaver (we have seen them around McCloud), black bears (these guys wander around town at night as well), and grey squirrels (you can’t miss seeing these guys around here).
Viewing the Flora, Flora of the Bear Trail, and Spring flora is like seeing your friends on the internet since there are pictures of many of the local area plants that grow around our homes, in the forests, etc. Flowers include False Solomon’s Seal, Shasta Lily, Phantom Orchid which do grow around my home. A favorite flower is the Western Pasque which grows on the mountain, mainly above the tree line, and which we fondly call Dr. Zeus flowers. Pinemat Manzanita is also common above tree line and is in the shrub section. If you drive up the Everette Memorial you will see an abundance of Shasta Red Fir which is in the tree section.
The Geology section rocks! If you want an idea of how much of the natural beauty we see was formed this is the place to go. Glaciers and glacial erosion shaped many of the formations we take for granted. Without volcanic action the 2nd tallest mountain in California would not be in our back yard. If basalts, andecites, dacites get you excited be sure to check out this section. They also have a very good glossary.
The Weather section has great photos of cloud formations on the mountain including the huge, smooth lenticulars that rest on the top of the mountain, the cumulonimbus that can tower over the mountain, and other amazing cloud formations. Historical data talks about the snowstorm of April, 30, 1875 that John Muir and a climbing partner survived through the night by hunkering down by hot springs on the upper area of the mountain and the snowstorm of February, 1959 that held the record for the most snow in a single storm until it was beaten by a storm in the late 90’s in an eastern state. There is a game to play here called Cloud Concentration and a glacial history of the mountain.
The following Siskiyou County newspapers are all owned by the same large conglomerate but have separate editions for the various towns. The South County newspapers are the Mount Shasta Herald, the Weed Press, and the Dunsmuir News. They are mainly the same newspaper with different names. There is a single online version for all of them. Yreka has the Siskiyou Daily News.
OUTDOOR STORES & SPORTING GOODS – SALES & RENTALS:
The Fifth Season is a climbing, skiing, boarding, hiking, and cycling shop founded in 1977. The owners and managers have an extensive personal experience in all of these activities and are a great resource for information. They are not a big box store or mail order warehouse but a specialty store. They sell Summit Passes, which are required over 10,000 feet and have an excellent telephone Climbing & Skiing report. They have an extensive rental department including climbing gear, backpacking equipment, randonne skis, telemark skis, snowshoes, crampons, ice axes, and more.
The Mt. Shasta’s Sportsmen’s Den is a second generation family owned sports and boarding store. It seems like they have been here forever. For boarding they have 12 different apparel lines and 5 different board lines. They are the place to go for fishing, hunting, baseball, and athletic shoes and clothing. They have online fishing and boarding reports. They rent snowboards, skis, clothing, & accessories.
Shasta Base Camp has online sales as well as a physical store front. An excerpt from how they describe themselves states “The culture we are talking about is freeride, no barriers or gates to hold you back just go out and ride! Were not just a retail shop, we are about improving our community through unity.” They have equipment for rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and kayaking plus apparel and accessories. They rent boards, skis, and climbing equipment including crampons, ice axes, tents, etc.
PARKS, FORESTS, ETC:
Castle Crags State Park is one of our favorite places. It seems like a part of the Yosemite Mountains was yanked away and deposited in our back yard. Beautiful, towering crags that are a great place to hike, rock climb, or just a visit. Take a swim in the Sacramento River or the North Fork of Castle Creek. Bring your RV or tent to the 76 space campground.
The Dunsmuir Park is nestled in the forest along the Sacramento River – what can be better. It is a great place to hang out on a hot summer day.
The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens is located in the park. It has flowering dogwoods, rock gardens, and flowers in a lovely setting.
The Klamath National Forest is 1.7 million acres covering significant portions of Siskiyou County including the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Russian Wilderness. It is in 2 sections divided by the Shasta Valley. It ranges in elevation from 450 to 8,900 feet.
The Lava Beds National Monument has more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience. It is a rugged landscape created by eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano. It is one of the longest continuously occupied areas in North America. It was the location of the Modoc Indians versus the U.S. Army war.
The Marble Mountain Wilderness has beautiful creeks and lakes, spectacular rockwork, meadows, waterfalls, and endless forest lands. It is great for day hikes or backpacking. It has a very good trail system which includes the Pacific Crest Trail. We love writing about places we love.
Mount Shasta Recreation has two main parks. A large, magical spring, the headwaters of the Sacramento River, flows out of the hillside in the 26 acre Mount Shasta Park. There are paths through the lush forest along Spring Creek, lodge buildings for activities, a playground, basketball court, and picnic areas. The 38 acre Shastice Park on the other side of town also has playgrounds, picnic tables along with tennis courts, a lighted softball field, and an ice rink.
The Shasta Trinity National Forest is 2.1 million acres with 6,278 miles of rivers & streams, hundreds of mountain lakes, incomparable scenery, & huge opportunities for camping and more.
RAFTING AND KAYAKING:
Living Waters Recreation has rafting trips on the Klamath, Scott, Cal Salmon, Trinity, and Sacramento Rivers. They also have non-rafting activities including gold panning, guided bird watching, waterfall trips, and even star gazing from near 8,000 feet on the mountain.
Osprey Outdoors Kayak School does flat water kayak tours and teaches white water kayaking, including the adventurous art of play boating. They have one and two day classes providing all the equipment, including the kayaks.
River Dancers does whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Sacramento, Trinity, Cal Salmon, and Klamath Rivers. If you have not played in an inflatable kayak you have missed real fun. They are not as maneuverable or quick as a hard shell but they forgiving and require much less skill. River Dancers has a whitewater guide school for both private boaters and aspiring guides. It teaches water organization, skills, and safety.
Turtle River Rafting does trips on rivers in Upper California and Southern Oregon including the Klamath, Cal Salmon, Scott, Sacramento, Rogue, Owyee, and Trinity Rivers. The Rogue and Owyee Rivers are in Southern Oregon. They are Mount Shasta based. One of the guides is a 2nd generation guide, having done her first rafting trip at 7 months.
REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS:
Bryan and Grass Appraisal in Mount Shasta does a full range of appraisals including homes, land, apartments, commercial, and agriculture. Anthony Grass opened his first office in 1984 in Santa Rosa and moved to Mount Shasta in 1992. They cover both Siskiyou County and Shasta County (Redding area). You can order an appraisal online.
Larive Appraisal Services focuses on Siskiyou County real estate. Tim Larive has substantial experience and specializes in single family homes, 2-4 unit dwellings, land, and manufactured homes. He is also a very nice guy to work with.
REAL ESTATE INSURANCE:
Farmers Insurance has been in the Palfini family for at least 2 generations. They handle real estate, auto, and life insurance and are located in Mount Shasta.
Market Place Insurance is an insurance brokerage and offers policies from a range of insurers. They have homeowners, rental, commercial, auto, RV, and liability insurance. There office is located in Mount Shasta.
State Farm Insurance in Mt. Shasta is owned and operated by Russ and Nancy Porterfield. They provide policies for home owners, rental properties, automobile, etc. State Farm also provides mutual funds and banking services.
REAL ESTATE LENDERS:
Most lenders have fairly similar rates. It is very important to select one that provides good service and has reasonably fees. Obtaining a loan can be an unfortunate experience if your lender is not competent, misleads you, or does not communicate well. We try to list ones that we have worked with and have had good overall experiences with. Visit our Real Estate Financing section for more info on loans.
Ridgecrest Mortgage (888-446-0476) is a loan brokerage in Mount Shasta. They have a wide variety of loan programs including for first time buyers and low income buyers. They broker their loans through other lenders. They are locally owned.
Scott Valley Bank is actually a local bank, believe it or not. What is even more surprising is that they are a bank that actually has integrity and values its customer relationships. Its heritage goes back to the 1850’s during the gold rush in Scott Valley. Their main office is in Yreka but they have 12 branches including six in Siskiyou County. They do construction funding, purchase loans, and equity loans. Check with Lisa Stevens at the Mount Shasta branch for loan assistance.
Umpqua Bank is a regional West Coast bank. Contact Marianne McAleer (530-242-3367) or Mike Whitman (530-2423381).
REAL ESTATE RELATED PUBLIC OFFICES:
The city and county offices can be important sources of information regarding zoning, permits, property development, etc. For more general information be sure to view the Chamber of Commerce sites above.
Dunsmuir City is the first town you come to in Siskiyou County on Highway 5 and has the Sacramento River running through it.
McCloud is at the foot of the mountain on the southeast side. It is get gateway to massive forest lands, the McCloud River, and Squaw Creek. It is actually not an incorporated city and is under the jurisdiction of the county. It does have a service district that provides water, sewer, refuse collection, and a park.
Mount Shasta City is at the foot of the west side of the mountain beautiful valley bordered by the Eddy Mountains (a part of the Trinities). You can access the planning (zoning, the general plan, forms, etc.) and building (building permits, codes, etc.) departments. The site is a rich source for community information.
Siskiyou is one of the largest counties in the state yet the population of 46,000+ is not as big as most city suburbs. Important real estate related departments are Planning, Building, & Public health (for well & septic system permits). For property tax info select either the Assessor, who sets the value on property, or the Tax Collector, who collects and provides information on taxes.
REAL ESTATE TITLE AND ESCROW SERVICES:
Mount Shasta Title and Escrow has a branch office in Mount Shasta and a main office in Yreka. It is underwritten and partially owned by First American Title.
Siskiyou County Title no longer exists. After 108 years in business it permanently closed its doors on December 31, 1012. It was founded in 1904 as an abstract company by B. K. Collier and was last owned by the fourth generation of the family.
RELIGIOUS – SPIRITUAL:
The Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Shasta is on W.A. Barr Road on the way to Lake Siskiyou. The mission statement of the church is “we exist to glorify God by multiplying healthy churches among all people”. The site is rich with information on ministries, programs, activities, outreach, schedules, and sermons.
The First Baptist Church Mount Shasta (this link is not functioning as of 5/18/12 – we will monitor it) is on Lassen Lane just outside of town. Their about us statement is “FBC has been serving our community for over 50 years. FBC is all about people. We are a family that is constantly growing -by adding new family members! There’s room in our family for you!”. The site has info on men’s, women’s and student ministries, preschool, childcare, co-ed baseball, their calendar, links, and more.
The Mount Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church is in a private location near the beginning of Highway 89. They state on their main page that “we welcome people from all walks and backgrounds who are seeking a safe place to heal, learn and grow spiritually. You’ll find our church to be a family-friendly, Bible-based, Christ-centered and a true house of prayer. We love kids and have excellent Sabbath Schools to meet the needs of every age group“. The site has prayer requests, sermons, and a calendar.
The Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery is a located on Summit Drive north of town. They state on their home page “Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was founded by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1970 as a training place for Buddhist monks, male and female, and a place of practice for lay people. We offer the Dharma to all who wish to come“. The site has photographs, talks, links, a news section, a calendar, retreat information, and more.
The Saint Germain Foundation has an interesting local history. It was founded by Guy W. Ballard, who in 1930 had a mystical experience on Mt. Shasta meeting with the Ascended Master Saint Germain. He wrote two books, the first of which was published in 1934 when the organization was founded, Unveiled Mysteries and The Magic Presence, which told of his experiences and more. Since 1950 they have presented the “I Am” Come, a pageant celebrating the life of Jesus. They have a large property above Dunsmuir, the early Shasta Springs Resort and large facilities on McCloud Avenue above town.
“The goal of Golden Eagle Charter School is to enable students to become competent, productive, literate, self-motivated, lifelong learners by providing each student, along with his/her parents the opportunity to design and implement a customized curriculum that is relevant, takes learning styles into consideration, embraces the student’s interests and addresses the California State Standards”. Their mission statement seems to be a good beginning summary. The site is rich with content and very well designed.
The Siskiyou Christian School is on W.A. Barr Road. They state on their main page: “Located in beautiful southern Siskiyou County, Siskiyou Christian School is a private, Christian school operated as a separate corporation located on the campus of the Evangelical Free Church of Mount Shasta. The families, faculty and board of directors of Siskiyou Christian School represent Bible-believing churches from throughout the south county area.” There is a calendar, parent resources, and a page with info on them, their philosophy, and commitment.
The Siskiyou County Office of Education site is a great starting place for information. It lists schools throughout the county from the various districts. Click one and visit their website. Some of the sites are very sparse, others provide much more. The site also has info and links relating to programs, special education, head start, the Instructional Media Center, and more.
The College of the Siskiyous is a community college with a main campus in Weed and a smaller location in Yreka. The Weed campus is on 250 acres with abundant open space, great views, and lots of trees. It has small classes, on campus housing, a 600 seat theatre, a football stadium, life science labs, a Technical Training Center with a fire tower for fire training programs, and an Emergency Services Training Center for paramedic and EMT programs. Adam Oreck, one of our brokers, is an assistant football coach there (in his spare time) at the time we write this writing.
SKIING AND BOARDING:
Mt. Shasta Nordic is an economically viable, non-profit, community based cross country ski center. It was organized in 2006 by members of the Mount Shasta Nordic community. It has 25 km of groomed trails and a warming hut at the trail head. This is not just about getting some skinny skiing or skating in but connecting with your friends and supporting community efforts. It is about 12 miles from town. There are ski clinics, avalanche awareness events, races, and more.
The Mt. Shasta Ski and Board Park is our sweet, regional ski area on the southern slopes of the mountain with the peak towering above. If you are looking for triple diamond runs, gondolas, thousands of feet of vertical, and crowds of people to ski and board with you have come to the wrong place. If you want a friendly ski area with short lines and a good choice of well maintained terrain and runs ranging from beginner to advanced (view the trail map) you are at the right place. There are 425 acres of skiable terrain, 1,390 vertical feet, 32 trails, 3 triple chairs, 1 rope tow, and one conveyor lift. The longest run is 1.75 miles. Check out rates, rentals, day and night skiing/boarding, etc. The
Snow Reports & Web Cams page of the Ski Park is a useful site not only for skiing and boarding in the Park but for live winter and summer weather data to give you an idea what to expect if you are going to be on the mountain. There are live gauges for wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and humidity. There are also a few web cams.
STABLES, RIDING, RANCHES, FARMS, ETC:
Marble Mountain Mules. Need a mule or looking for stud service – check them out in the Fort Jones area.
Marble Mountain Ranch is a real dude ranch. It has horse riding & lessons, rafting & kayaking, fishing, fly fishing lessons, fully equipped cabins, cuisine cooking, etc. It is located on the Klamath River Highway.
Rockin Maddy Ranch. Take a half day ride near McCloud, an all day mountain ride to a beautiful lake, or shorter rides from the ranch. Need to learn to ride a horse or just polish your skills? Take a lesson.
S & E Outfitters can take you on a full riding pack trip or just pack your gear in while you hike. They generally go into the Marble Mountains on the Shackleford Trail (one of our favorites) but are very flexible and will take you where you want to go. Take your fishing gear or go on a hunting trip.
Scott River Ranch. The ranch is dedicated to providing enriching experiences for couples. They have programs to bring husbands and wives closer together. They offer horseback riding and area opportunities for rafting, hiking, etc. They provide lodge rooms and private cottages. Their Farmstead provides the lodge with fresh produce and offers an opportunity to get closer to our natural roots.
VOLUNTEER, SERVICE & CHARITABLE GROUPS – FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP OR GET HELP:
Back Country Horsemen of California’s stated purpose begins with “To improve and promote the use, care and development of California backcountry trails, campsites, streams and meadows……” We became particularly interested when we learned that they have worked to maintain the Pacific Crest Trail in our local area. Learn how to build a manure bunker, share the wilderness with black bears, live with rattlesnakes, and much more. Be sure to check out the Top of the State Unit, the local group to track local events and become a member.
There are many more groups in our county but this will get you started.
The Kiwanis are dedicated to helping children and communities throughout the world and more. They are located in 80 nations and include the Weed-Lake Shastina club. Visit their site to find out how they serve locally.
The Lions have over 45,000 clubs and do service work worldwide. They state that “whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy”.
Joining the Mercy Medical Auxiliary is a great way to assist the hospital, patients, and our community. There are opportunities to assist with patients directly, work at an information desk, provide clerical support, be a van driver, work in the gift shop, or help with fund raising. Patients are often alone, helpless, frightened, and in pain. Your help can make a difference.
The Order of the Elks was established in 1868 and has over 2000 lodges throughout the United States. Their mission statement begins with; “To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members”. There are websites for the Mount Shasta and Yreka lodges.
The Rotary has over 33,000 clubs worldwide. They state that “Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.” There are local websites for Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed, and Yreka.
Shasta Cove Dogs is a sanctuary for dogs that need love and help and they accept donations to do their good work.
The Siskiyou Humane Society has photos of birds, cats, and dogs that need homes – be careful here, you may fall in love at first site. They have info on their services, thrift shops, and staff. There is a comprehensive links page for veterinarians, spay – neuter programs, wildlife rescue, and animal control organizations. They do microchipping which implants a device about the size of a grain of rice under the pet’s skin which can match lost pet with their owners on a nationwide database. The cost is very reasonable.
Stable Hands is a local organization dedicated to promoting “physical, social, and mental health” for veterans through “equine assisted activities and therapy”. They help veterans with physical disabilities and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Become a volunteer, make a donation, or just view another way that giving people assist those in need.
After you have lived in our area a while you figure out that the weather forecasts and what actually occurs can be very different. But they are correct part of the time and can be helpful. So here are links for some of our local areas: Mount Shasta Weather, Dunsmuir Forecast, Weed Weather Info, McCloud Forecast, and Yreka Weather. These are all National Weather Service sites. You can also try the Weather Underground, AccuWeather.com, or Weather.com for other viewpoints, longer forecasts, or just to try for a consensus.
Caltrans has a series of webcams throughout our Siskiyou County. This link will take you to a map of various cams on I-5 from Dunsmuir to the Oregon border, on Highway 97 from Weed to Dorris, and on Highway 89 at Snowman’s Hill on the summit between I-5 and McCloud. The yellow and red links provide temperature, humidity, precipitation, and wind data.
The Dunsmuir Train Yard is especially fun if you are a train buff. It shows three shots of the yard over a period of time and has short videos that you can watch if you sign in as a member.
The Lava Beds National Monument (their webcam is not always operational) is a place of rugged beauty. There are more than 700 caves, Native American rock art, and lots of lava rock. The webcam is at about 4,800 feet elevation overlooking the park.
The Shasta Cam has a view of the mountain through the trees and links to some other cams.
The Ski Park has 3 cams on the snow report page including a view from the front of the lodge looking up towards the mountain (check it out to see if any of your friends are loitering there), a terrain cam and a view of the upper part of the mountain over the Coyote run. They all show up on the snow report page so scroll to the bottom and view the live weather data including temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and humidity.
The Snowcrest.net Snow Cam is trained on the west side of the mountain and goes beyond the normal cam. They have short videos of series of shots over a few recent minutes to all day saved for a week. They are especially interesting on days with spectacular cloud formations. The cam also shows the current in town temperature and graphs it over a 24 hour period.
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