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This portion of the All American Road has the distinction of having a view of Mount Shasta for almost the entire section. Majestic Mount Shasta at 14,179 feet is the tallest volcano in California and can often be seen from more than 100 miles away. For centuries, the mountain has served as the anchor for the Cascade Range, as a spiritual center for Native Americans, and as a nature lover’s and mountain climber’s paradise. The mountain itself has been recognized as one of the seven scared mountains in the world. Its interesting history, tales of lore, myths and legends continue to attract visitors from around the world who believe the mountain has a special spiritual aura. Located on its slopes is the Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park, the only ski resort on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. 

Beginning in McCloud, which is on the southern slope of Mount Shasta, this picturesque community offers everything from luxury accommodations and fine dining to camping and picnicking. McCloud is a town of superlatives - from having the oldest golf course in Northern California to the best dinner train experience, and the oldest square and round dance venues in California. Along with it s romantic inns and B&B’s, and its interesting history, McCloud is a beautiful historic town worth a visit. 

Moving up the byway, at the base of the mountain is Mt. Shasta City. From the luxurious chalets at Mount Shasta Resort to the largest campground in the area on Lake Siskiyou, it’s a great place to stay or enjoy a relaxing stroll. The city is known for its wide variety of bookstores, galleries, gift shops and good restaurants, as well as Sisson Museum and Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. The best access point for the mountain itself is the Everett Memorial Highway which begins in downtown Mt. Shasta City. 

Dunsmuir, just south of the byway and Mt. Shasta City has a century long history as a railroad town. Dunsmuir is like stepping back in time with its quaint and picturesque downtown. The town may be one of the few places that you can actually spend the night in a 19th century railroad car. Railroad Park Resort, located south of Dunsmuir near Castle Crags, has a collection of old cabooses and dining cars to help provide a truly unique resort experience. 

Continuing your trek north, Weed, a town on the western slopes of Mount Shasta should be your next stop. The Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum offers a collection of artifacts including the original lumber company store, as well as a collection of antique logging equipment. Nearby Lake Shastina is known for its challenging 27 hole “Magnificent Monster” golf course and water recreation. At Weed the byway heads towards Oregon on Hwy. 97. Just a few miles north is The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, a heart warming memorial dedicated to Vietnam Veterans. 
Continuing north on the byway is Grass Lake and Deer Mountain. Grass Lake provides a scenic stop over point while Deer Mountain is popular for winter snowmobiling and backcountry snow shoeing. Don’t forget to take in another view of Mount Shasta looking at its northern and glaciated side. 

One of the least populated areas of California is also known for the most wildlife population. Literally millions of birds pass through this area annually on the Pacific Flyway. When descending Hebron summit on Hwy. 97 you are entering Butte Valley, the only National Grasslands in California. The small town of Dorris near the Oregon border has several interesting distinctions. Several years ago the residents were looking for some way to gain attention to their community so they erected the tallest flagpole west of the Mississippi. On a clear day you can see this flag waving from more than ten miles away from the south. Also, one of the west’s most famous saddlemakers, Conrad Kopenhafer, has his business on Main Street in Dorris. The Butte Valley Saddle Company has made custom saddles for such prominent Americans as President Ronald Reagan. Leaving Dorris heading for the Oregon border on Hwy. 97, the intersection of Hwy. 161 is just a few minutes out of town. This road paralleling the border leads to the wildlife refuge and Tulelake. 

On the California side of the border there are three prominent wildlife viewing areas, the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges, and the Butte Valley Wildlife Area. The National Wildlife Refuge System will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2003. The Lower Klamath NWR has the distinction of being the first refuge set aside for waterfowl in the nation. Seventy five percent of the wildlife migrating along the west coast Pacific Flyway visit these refuges. During the year, over 260 species of birds use the refuge including the largest concentration of wintering American bald eagles in the continental United States. Although fall and winter may be best for wildlife viewing, there are numerous wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year. 

The community of Tulelake on the eastern side of the refuges is known as the horseradish growing capital of the world with more than 1/3 of the world’s crop grown in the area. This portion of Northern California also has WWII history. One of the internment camps for Japanese Americans was just outside of Tulelake, as well as a German/Italian prisoner of war camp. Also in Tulelake is the only wildlife waterfowl manufacturer of down products in the United States. A side trip to the Lava Beds National Monument is worth the time, as this area not only has unusual volcanic features but was the site of the only Native American/US Army battle in California history. 

When you have explored this area, go track on Hwy. 161 to Hwy. 97 and a right turn will immediately deliver you into the Oregon portion of this byway adventure. 

Drive Tips: 
Distance: 100 miles 
Minimum Driving Time: 2 to 4 hours 
Best Time to go: April - November, winter for refuges 

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