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Gold Rush History, Scenic Rivers & Ranching History

Yreka and Klamath River Corridor is truly defined by its combination of the California Gold Rush history and the natural wonder of the Klamath River. This river, and its tributary rivers and streams provide some of the most exciting rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in Northern California. 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 houses are still located in Yreka, and this older part of town in the area of West Miner Street, has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1972. 

To the east of Yreka, through the beautiful Shasta Valley is Montague, where visitors can enjoy a stroll through this historic cattle ranching and logging town. Every September, Montague holds one of the biggest events in the region – the Montague Rotary Balloone Fair. For bird enthusiasts, Montague offers excellent year-round birding in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, which is home to over 300 bird species. 

Scott Valley, a rich ranching area nestled in the mountains southwest of Yreka, is dotted with tiny communities dating back to the Gold Rush Era. Visitors today will find interesting shops, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and an excellent microbrewery in Etna.

The State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, Highway 96, follows the Wild and Scenic Klamath River through numerous river communities. The river is also very popular for family rafting trips.

Although magnificent Mount Shasta is the prominent landmark of the Shasta Cascade region and is visible from almost anywhere in the area, one of the first views drivers will notice as they are coming up I-5 is the awe-inspiring granite towers of Castle Crags State Park. Fishermen from around the world are attracted to the area by the world-class wild trout fishing along the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers.

From the splashing of Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir to the dramatic descent of the Upper McCloud Falls, waterfalls are attractions that soothe the soul. 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 eat on a train. In McCloud, step back in time and give your sweet tooth a whirl at the Sugar Pine Candy Store in the McCloud River Mercantile.

Visitors who come to experience the wonder of spectacular Mount Shasta will find exceptional access to the mountain year round via the Everitt Memorial Highway. On the southern slopes of Mount Shasta off Hwy. 89 is Mt. Shasta Ski Park, offering outstanding downhill skiing and  boarding.

The spectacular Volcanic Legacy All-American Road takes visitors through the lower Klamath and Tulelake National Wildlife Refuges, and the Lava Beds National Monument. The Wildlife Refuges offer excellent year-round birding, while Lava Beds National Monument is a great place to explore the beauty of a volcanic landscape, with both developed and undeveloped lava tubes open for exploration. The monument is also the site of the last Indian battle in California, Captain Jack’s Stronghold. Nearby, Medicine Lake Highlands offers visitors a unique view of pumice deposits, mountains of volcanic glass, and beautiful Medicine Lake.

 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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104 Siskiyou Blvd
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Mountain open Winter and Summer. WINTER: Full service ski resort including 1,400 vertical feet and 31 trails on 425 acres. 30 km cross country & snow shoe center. Open 7 days a week. Night skiing Wednesdays - Saturdays. SUMMER: Chairlift Rides, Special Events
Siskiyou County
204 West Alma Street
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
When you lack the time, stamina or techniques to achieve the awesome view from the summit of 14,162-foot Mt. Shasta, you can obtain a dramatic view of the peak itself from 8,108-foot Gray Butte. When you lack the time, stamina or techniques to achieve the awesome view from the summit of 14,162-foot Mt. Shasta, you can obtain a dramatic view of the peak itself from 8,108-foot Gray Butte. Don’t think that the 4,000 less vertical…
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
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
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
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
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
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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
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