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Mystical Mt. Shasta, Epic Outdoor Adventure & Gold Rush History

Unforgettable Siskiyou County is uniquely touched by all four seasons and defined by its lush forests, a landscape of ancient volcanic drama, green pastoral lands, and a rich history that give modern-day explorers a true sense of adventure.  It is home to the natural wonders of Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags, Lava Beds National Monument and multiple wilderness areas that include sixty-plus miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s also home to the headwaters of the Sacramento River and the mighty Klamath River, where numerous tributaries provide some of the most exciting rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in California. Anglers come for the world-class trout fishing along the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers, and waterfall enthusiasts flock to the dramatic and easily accessible cascades of McCloud Falls and Hedge Creek Falls, among others.

For the train enthusiast, Dunsmuir offers a self-guided railroad photography tour, while the Railroad Park Resort offers a unique experience to sleep in a caboose and dine on a train. Step back in time in nearby McCloud, a historic lumber town on the National Registry where you can dine in style, or treat your sweet tooth at the turn-of-the-century Sugar Pine Candy Store in the McCloud River Mercantile. 

Cyclers and mountain bikers love Siskiyou for its lack of crowds and opportunities for all skill levels. In the summer, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park becomes a mountain biking paradise complete with electric bikes and vertical lifts.  Nearby, the scenic, multi-use, 80-mile Great Shasta Rail Trail gets closer to completion everyday, with three sections of the trail totaling 40 miles are now open for non-motorized multi-use, including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross- country skiing. See more at www.greatshastarailtrail.org.  In the far west corner of Siskiyou, Happy Camp also boasts several miles of multi-use trails that follow old Forest Service trails, as well as some of the most pristine swimming holes in Northern California. 

No matter where you are in Siskiyou, Mount Shasta tends to dominate the landscape. This prominent landmark of the Shasta Cascade region is known as one of the sacred mountains of the world.  Visitors who come to experience its wonder will find exceptional access to the mountain year round via the Everett Memorial Highway.  The city of Mt. Shasta offers an array of charming shops, spiritual centers and equipment outfitters. In the winter, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park offers 425 acres of outstanding downhill skiing and boarding, as well as tubing and cross-country skiing. Outside of the ski park, Mt. Shasta’s glaciers beckon backcountry skiers and mountain climbers from all over the world. The summer climbing season runs from April until October. Guide services are available. 

North of Mt. Shasta in Weed is the stunning Living Memorial Sculpture Garden – a must-see sculpture park and war memorial and a perfect place for quiet reflection.  A little further north, the town of Yreka was born out of one of the largest gold strikes in California history and is still shaped by this discovery.  Remarkably, more than 70 pre-1900 homes still line the streets, and Historic Miner Street is listed on the National Registry with quaint shops, restaurants and interpretive signs along the way. 

East of Yreka in the beautiful Shasta Valley sits Montague, a historic town that hosts one of the region’s biggest events—the Montague Balloon Fair. For bird watchers farther east, Tule Lake National Refuge and Lower Klamath Basin near Dorris and Tulelake boast nearly 500 species for viewing and one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the United States.

Also traversing the east side of Siskiyou is the spectacular Volcanic Legacy All-American Road that takes motorists through the Lava Beds National Monument, where lava flows from the Medicine Lake Volcano formed more than 700 caves, over 20 of them visitable. It also nears Petroglyph Point – the largest panel of Native American art in the US that reveals evidence of Modoc ancestry dating back 6000years. Here you will also find Captain Jack’s Stronghold, where sixty Modoc warriors held off nearly 1000troops for five months.

Scott Valley is another of northern California’s rich ranching areas, nestled in the mountains southwest of Yreka and dotted with quaint communities dating back to the Gold Rush Era. Visitors today will find interesting shops, access to the Pacific Crest Trail and an underground foodie destination that includes several farm-to-fork restaurants, the historic Etna Brewery dating back to the 1890’s, and the Denny Bar Company – the first restaurant-distillery in northern California housed in a historic building.

 For further information contact the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce, McCloud Chamber of Commerce, Dunmsuir Chamber of Commerce, Weed Chamber of Commerce, or Yreka Chamber of Commerce

Mt Shasta
Mount Shasta is known as one of the sacred mountains of the world. Come experience the spiritual energy and wonder of this famous giant.
McCloud Falls
The Upper McCloud River boasts three easily accessible spectacular waterfalls - Upper, Middle, and Lower Mc Cloud Falls. Middle McCloud River Falls is the largest and most impressive with a 44 foot drop providing a magnificent view.
Lava Beds National Monument
Visit Lava Beds National Monument, where lava flows from the Medicine Lake Volcano created volcanic vents, spatter cones, massive craters, and imposing cinder cones. More than 700 lava tube caves are hidden within these flows with 12 to 15 caves easily accessible to explore.
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1 North Old Stage Road
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Fun & educational for the whole family, featuring exhibits on the history of Mt. Shasta City, the railroad, the mountain, lenticular clouds, Native American basketry, and more. Hands on activities. For current exhibits, seasonal programs and hours see website.
Siskiyou County
111 Morgan Way
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Escape and relax at this pet-friendly Mt. Shasta hotel offering spacious rooms, indoor pool and spa, fitness center and high-speed internet. On site restaurant & lounge. Mountain view rooms available.
Siskiyou County
111 Morgan Way
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Casual dining environment with an unparalleled view of Mt. Shasta. Serving the finest steaks, pasta, fish and homemade soups. Serving Breakfast and Dinner daily. Full banquet facilities available.
Siskiyou County
111 Morgan Way
Mt. Shasta, AL 96067
Inside Best Western PLUS Tree House, serving lunch 7 days a week 11 am - 3 pm. Happy hour daily from 3 -6 pm. Come try one of our great lunch specials or our famous Burger, Beer & Fries. Offering an extensive wine list, draft beers and premium wells. 
Siskiyou County
1534 Davis Pl. Rd.
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Experience the exhilaration of flight with AirXpansion and soar next to awe-inspiring Mt. Shasta! We offer tandem paraglide flights, lessons and P-2 Certification.
Siskiyou County
148 Moonlit Oaks Avenue
Yreka, CA 96097
Enjoy the Home Town Hospitality you deserve. We have indoor pool and spa, free Internet, and breakfast. Close to restaurants, shopping, hiking, fishing, lakes, and rivers.
Siskiyou County
4727 Dunsmuir Avenue
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Beautiful resort on Sacramento River. 24 cabins, 10 Alpine rooms, 4 RV spaces, 16 Vacation Rentals. Pool, jacuzzi, playground, tennis & more. Open all year. 
Siskiyou County
704 S. Old Stage Rd.
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Chateau Shasta offers a grassy park-like setting for your mobile home or RV. The rural, natural setting will appeal to all! Close to golf, swimming, fishing and skiing.
Siskiyou County
724 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Cold Creek Inn gets its name from the creek that runs off the Sacramento River and whose headwaters are located a short walk north in the City Park. It is locally owned and operated, and wishes to provide its guests with an affordable, comfortable and restful stay during their visit.
Siskiyou County
Dunsmuir City Park
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Enjoy woodland plants, bold uses of annual color, a crevice rock garden and native plant areas in their natural setting nestled along the Sacramento River. Open dawn to dusk, river access. No entry fee. Our annual fundraiser includes a unique music event and great food. See Event Calendar or website for details.  
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