30 Family-Friendly Activities in Siskiyou County (2023)

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The summer is right around the corner in Northern California, meaning it’s time to start planning those great family vacations you look forward to all year. There’s plenty of great places to take your family in California, but for our money, Siskiyou County might have the best family-friendly experiences around.

With the mighty Mount Shasta as a centerpiece, Siskiyou County has become one of the top destinations for nature lovers in California. The smorgasbord of waterfalls, lakes and small-town vibes can’t be matched on the West Coast, and its a great place to get outside with the whole family.

Let’s explore 30 family activities you can do during your trip to Siskiyou County:

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

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Probably the most popular winter activity near Redding is to go for a ride down the slopes of Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Just over an hour drive from Redding, the locally owned ski resort is a great place for the whole family during the wintertime. Whether you want to ski a black diamond, go tubing down the mountain or just relax with a hot chocolate in the lodge, this really is the best place for a winter adventure in the area.

The ski resorts boasts three main ski lifts with 425 acres of skiable terrain across 1,435 vertical feet. There’s also a bunny slope for the newbies and tubing for the kiddos. For the adventurous skiers or snowboarders, there are three terrain parks (depending on conditions) for the beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Heck, you can alsostay in a slopeside cabinand ride all the backcountry your heart desires!

Learn more about Hitting the Slopes at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Living Memorial Sculpture

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The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is an exceptional 136-acre art installation and war memorial along Highway 97 on the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest.Created in 1988 by a dedicated group of veterans, the site is now maintained under an agreement with the USDA Forest Service.

Under the shadow of Mount Shasta, you can reflect on the beauty of the area and the sacrifice of veterans by viewing the Hot LZ Memorial Wall, labyrinth and ten sculptures by veteran and artist Dennis Smith.

Learn more about the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden

McCloud Falls

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Technically, this could count as three separate adventures, since McCloud Falls offers visitors three distinct waterfalls in one short hike. But since there’s so many great places to visit in Siskiyou, we’ll leave it at one destination.

Sitting in McCloud, California is one of the most spectacular hikes in all of the West Coast, with a 3.5 roundtrip jaunt bringing you to three waterfalls, all of which are unique in their own right. The McCloud Waterfalls Trail sits about 15 minutes off Interstate 5 near Mount Shasta and will take you to Lower, Upper and Middle McCloud Falls. The waterfalls are big and beautiful, allowing hikers to stop for a swim or even catch one of the world-famous trout of the McCloud River. For our money, this could be the most magnificent hike in all of NorCal.

Learn more about Hiking the Three Tiers of McCloud Falls

Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery

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You may have past it while driving to Lake Siskiyou in Mount Shasta. There’s a small sign announcing the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery along the popular roadway, although many people have no idea that it’s the oldest operating fish hatchery west of the Mississippi.

During the spring months, visitors to the hatchery can see over 3 million baby trout swimming in the waters of the operation. The visit is especially pleasant on a sunny day, where you can relax on the shady picnic tables with a view of Mount Shasta.

After the fish have grown large, they are moved to the large outdoor ponds where fish food dispensers are readily available to get the fish moving excitedly. This is a fun adventure for everyone, especially kids.

Learn more about the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery

Headwaters of the Sacramento River

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The Sacramento River is one of the most important water resources on the entire West Coast. You’ve most likely seen the beauty of the large river throughout Northern California, but one of the most spectacular views can be found where it’s just a tiny creek gushing out of the ground in Mount Shasta.

Located in Mt. Shasta City Park, the headwaters of the Sacramento River are a popular destination for spiritual enthusiasts and outdoor lovers looking to see nature in action. The water of the famed Big Spring aquifer comes from snow that has fallen on the slopes of Mount Shasta and although it’s not treated in any way, it’s considered safe to drink after filtering through the volcanic rock of the mountain for 50 years. Watch as locals and fill up their water jugs from the springs and ponder the natural process of the water, which becomes a crucial waterway throughout different areas of NorCal.

Learn more about the Headwaters of the Sacramento River

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Railroad Park Resort

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Sitting in Dunsmuir, California is the remnants of a historical railroad operation near the base of Mount Shasta. The Railroad Park RV Resort is home to numerous old railroad cars which were converted into hotel rooms for visitors. They also have an RV hookups and a campground, making it the perfect place to explore the area under the shadow of Castle Crags. The area is filled with history and there’s even a restaurant in an old railroad car.

See our trip to the Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir

Castle Lake

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Sitting just outside Mount Shasta at 5,440 feet elevation is lake surrounded by the mountains of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Visiting the lake can be a vastly different experience depending on the season, but the views remain consistently beautiful.

Castle Lake is one of the hidden gems of the Mt. Shasta region, with most locals driving past Lake Siskiyou and finding open space at the high-alpine beauty. In the summer, you’ll find plenty of kayakers, paddle boarders and fishermen enjoying the sunshine on the water. In the winter when the lake freezes, you can walk all the way out to the middle, most likely passing the many holes for ice fishing along the way. Whenever you visit, you’re bound to be amazed.

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Lava Beds National Monument

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Sitting in the the tippy-top of Northern California is one of the most beautiful, historical parks in all of California. Combining geology with history and just good ole’ fashioned outdoor beauty, this rugged terrain is one of NorCal’s most fascinating and underrated outdoor destinations.

The Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geologic and historic. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. Lava tube caves, Native American sites, historic battlefields and a high desert wilderness experience highlight an adventurous trip to the park.

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Historic Downtown Dunsmuir

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Stepping into Dunsmuir is like taking a time machine back into the 1920’s. The downtown area has kept the same vibe for nearly a century with plenty to do in the region. Along with historic structures and beautiful murals, the town has plenty to explore nearby including Hedge Creek Falls and Castle Crags.

Situated along the Upper Sacramento River just below Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir’s official town slogan is “Home of the Best Water on Earth.” Fly fishermen come from all over to catch the wild trout of the river and enjoy the small-town vibes of downtown. The town is easily walkable and includes great food at Yaks on the 5 and delicious craft beer at Dunsmuir Brewery Works.

We love staying at the Mossbrae Hotel or nearby Railroad Park Resort.Find more places to stay in Dunsmuirhere.

Faery Falls

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Combining history and nature, the Ney Springs Canyon Trail near Siskiyou Lake in Mount Shasta City is an easy hike through the 19th century ruins of Ney Springs Resort with a waterfall payoff. With the length of the trail being only 1.2 miles at a low-elevation, this is an easy hike that can be done any time of the year.

A little over 3/4 of the way up the trail, you will find the old ruins of the Ney Springs Resort, a popular destination for local tourists in the 1800’s.From there on continue approximately 0.25 miles down the trailto gain access to Faery Falls. Depending on water flows, you will find a lively 40-ft cataract with a great vantage point.

Learn more about the historic hike to Faery Falls

Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

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Dunsmuir, California is home to plenty of popular outdoor destinations like Hatchet Creek Falls and the waters of the Upper Sacramento River. But hidden right in the middle of town is a garden area that rivals the most relaxing and beautiful places in NorCal.

Located in the Dunsmuir City Park, the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens encompass ten acres of hilly, wooded area with a meadow containing various gardens. There’s also a playground area and picnic sites that border the beautiful Upper Sacramento River, where you can fish on a catch and release basis.

The gardens are home to native plants like white dogwood, Shasta lilies and azaleas, as well as other introduced plants like rhododendrons, hostas, ferns and Japanese maples. There are numerous walking trails throughout the garden and an annual Tribute To the Trees concert is the a great way to experience the area.

Learn more about the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

Historic Downtown Yreka

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If you’re looking for a historic vibe in California’s Far North, a stay in Yreka is just what you’re looking for.

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The small town of Yreka, California, sitting just to the north of the mighty Mount Shasta, has a prominent history in the early settlings of Northern California. As a crucial stopping point along the Siskiyou Trail, gold was found nearby and 2,000 gold miners quickly settled into the area in 1851. According to Mark Twain, the town was named as amisspelled palindrome of the word “bakery.”

A walk through Yreka’s historic district will give you plenty to do, including a visit to the Siskiyou County Museum which offers a plethora of educational opportunities for history buffs. You can stop for a beer and food at the Etna Brewing Co or grab some delicious eats at the Miner Street Meat Market. You’ll find plenty of historic sites along the way.

Find more places to stay in Yrekahere.

Tree of Heaven Campground

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Sitting along the Klamath River between Yreka and the Oregon border is a beautiful campsite with fantastic fishing, rafting access and epic hiking. The Tree of Heaven Campground was named after the tree that 19th century Chinese immigrants planted in the area during the gold rush, and it certainly lives up to its name.

This campground has shady sites near the Klamath River for tents or RVs and plenty of commemorative plaques teaching the history of the Chinese immigrants who once lived in the area. There’s also an interpretive trails along the Wild and Scenic Klamath River that’s great for any outdoor enthusiast.

Learn more about the Tree of Heaven Campground

Bunny Flat

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If you’re staying in downtown Mt. Shasta, you can head up to the mighty mountain to get an up close view and maybe do some hiking in the summer or backcountry skiing in the winter.

Near the end of the Everitt Memorial Highway sits Bunny Flat, known to many as the gateway to the Mount Shasta wilderness. A convenient parking lot can give you access to the popular ski areas on the mountain like Avalanche Gulch, or head up the way to popular hiking areas like Panther Meadows.

Learn more about Bunny Flat

Lake Siskiyou

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As you head just north of Mount Shasta, there’s a fantastic lake that offers limitless outdoor activities and unparalleled views. You’ve probably seen photos of Lake Siskiyou with Mount Shasta hovering in the background and it’s a view you’ll never tire of when visiting in person.

In the winter, you can find a desolate experience at the lake, where you can hike around to find Shasta views or maybe even bike theLake Siskiyou Loop. In the summer, there are opportunities for motor boating, windsurfing, sun bathing, fishing, pedal boating, rock climbing, paddle boarding and of course, swimming. The resort offers inexpensive rentals of canoes, life jackets, double and single kayaks and paddleboards, so there’s no need buy or lug expensive equipment out to the resort. Also, fishing remains a popular activity on the lake where anglers can lure rainbow and brown trout as well as bass.

Learn more about a summer experience at Lake Siskiyou

Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum

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In1893, the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Company bought timbered property in what is now the downtown area of Weed, from H.S. Williams and his wife Olive Williams. When the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Mill north of Black Butte desired to sell their business, Abner Weed was willing to buy it. He sold his mill on the east slope of Mt. Eddy to a man by the name of Durney and that mill was subsequently known as Durney’s Mill until about 1920. In 1897 Abner Weed bought for the sum of $400.00, the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Mill and 280 acres of land in what is now Weed.

Today, exhibits in the old courthouse feature artifacts from the timber industry and life in early Weed, as well as the life of Charlie Byrd, the first elected African American county sheriff in California.The museum stands as a tribute and educational experience dedicated to the early settlement of Northern California during the Gold Rush.

Learn more about the Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum

Hedge Creek Falls

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Similar to hideout entrancesseen in Batman movies and the Legend of Zorro, Hedge Creek Falls cascades in front of the passage to a 12-foot-high cave. The narrow waterfall hardly obscures the not-so-secret cavemeaning that you won’t stumble upon any masked heroes on your trip to thefeature. Still, the trip the Hedge Creek Falls is well worth the drive the Dunsmuir, CA. Along with the waterfall, visitors can take in incredible views of the Sacramento River and Mt. Shasta from the Hedge Creek Falls Trail.

As you begin, thepath startsto descend moderately, and you pass a tiny creek. As the grade of the canyon gets steeper, you begin to go down via a number of switchbacks until you’ll start to hear flowing and falling water. Before you know it, you’re at Hedge Creek Falls. At this point, the trail continues behind the waterfall providing an intimate feel for hikers.Somedays, you can spot rock climbers attempting to ascend the igneous rock wall that reaches 30-35 feet to the source of the cascade.

Learn more about Hedge Creek Falls

Snowman’s Hill

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Anybody that grew up in the area most likely has a memory of sledding at Snowman’s Hill in Mount Shasta. The designated sledding hill, located on Highway 89 right across the road from the Ski Park Highway, is usually packed with enthusiastic sledders on a snowy weekend day. The average run is about 300 feet and there are ample parking and bathrooms for visitors.

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Learn more about sledding at Snowman’s Hill

Loge Camps

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As you head down into the Mount Shasta, you’re going to need a place to stay right? Look no further than LOGE Camps, Mount Shasta’s brand-new hotel built specifically for outdoor adventurers. When you enter the hotel rooms, you’re greeted with bike and ski racks, Yeti coolers and a hammock going across the room.

Nestled right in downtown Mount Shasta, this hotel will give you all the accommodations you need for your outdoor adventure and provide you with comfort and entertainment at the end of the day. It may just be the most unique hotel around!

Learn more about LOGE Camps along with 13 Other Unique Hotels in Siskiyou County

Historic Downtown Etna

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Who knew there was so much to do in the middle of nowhere? Etna is located approximately 30 minutes west of Yreka and is a popular stop for Pacific Crest Trail hikers traveling through the area. The Scott Valley area is great for hiking, biking and camping in the Marble Mountains, and Etna makes for the perfect basecamp for your adventure in the mountains.

Even as a small town at the base of the Marble Mountain Wilderness, Etna packs a big punch in terms of things to do in the downtown area. The most popular destination is Denny Bar, which sits as a fantastic restaurant, bar and distillery sitting right in the middle of town. There is also plenty of history to see just walking around.

For places to stay, the historic Collier Hotel in Etna is a unique experience.Find more places to stay in Etnahere.

Siskiyou Ice Rink

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As a Northern California resident, skating on a beautiful outdoor ice rink seems foreign. When you add to the spectacle the stunning view of Mount Shasta constantly hovering above, you realize that this isn’t just another ice rink.

The Siskiyou Ice rink continues to be our favorite outdoor ice rink in Northern California. Nestled under the beautiful Mt. Shasta, this rink provides all kinds of outdoor skating opportunities throughout the winter season, including family skating and ice hockey.

Learn more about the Siskiyou Ice Rink

Siskiyou County Museum

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We’ve covered a lot of great historical destinations in this article, but if you want an overview of the history of Siskiyou County, the Siskiyou County Museum is the place to go.

Nestled in the Gold Rush-esque downtown Yreka, the museum offers a plethora of educational opportunities for history buffs. You can see a fascinating collection of articles donated by the descendants of early pioneers, along with an Outdoor Museum that displays original and recreated buildings from all over Siskiyou County. It’s the perfect place to see the past 200 years of California’s Far North!

Learn more about the Siskiyou County Museum

Klamath River

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When discussing whitewater in Siskiyou, most people will immediately point to the Klamath River. In fact, it may be the favorite river for rafting enthusiasts on the entire West Coast. And with an experienced guide, you can maneuver the rapids with the whole family

The Wild and Scenic Klamath River is the second largest river in California and features more than 180 miles of premier whitewater rafting. To see all of the rapids, you’ll have to endure a 2 to 3 day trip, camping along the way. The trip includes over 30 rapids ranging from Class III to IV+, including two rapids each over a football field long.

The Klamath River begins in Southern Oregon and moves down into NorCal through the rugged Siskiyou Mountains. The upper section begins near Ashland, Oregon and ends all the way down into California at Copco Lake. The lower section begins in Happy Camp and is one of the most well-loved trips for families with small children. The remote stretch of the Lower Klamath is full of wildlife and even includes a side hike to Ukonom Falls. Watch out for Bigfoot, since this is where legends place his origins.

Learn more about whitewater rafting on the Klamath River

Karuk Tribe People’s Center Museum

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There are plenty of historical destinations that dive deep into the region’s past 200 years, but the Native American history can give you thousands of years of history.

In Happy Camp sits the Karuk Tribe People’s Center Museum which is devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of Karuk history, language, traditions and living culture. The facility includes an exhibition gallery, a gift shop, a Basketweaving classroom, a library, a collection’s storage area and the Karuk Language Program Office. This is a great place to earn everything you need to know about the Native Americans of Siskiyou County!

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Learn more about the Karuk Tribe People’s Center Museum

Sisson Meadow

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If you’ve ever visited downtown Mt. Shasta, you’ve likely enjoyed the delicious restaurants, unique crystal stores and quaint coffee shops. But sitting right next to the downtown area is one of the most pristine meadows in all of NorCal hidden in plain sight.

Sisson Meadow is a 7.5 acre gem that offers a relaxing stroll with gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta, the Eddy Mountains and Black Butte. There’s an elevated boardwalk to make the hike more blissful and benches throughout the area to sit down and take in the beauty. While in the meadow, you’ll likely encounter calm hikers drinking coffee, walking their dog or meditating.

To gain access to the Sisson Meadow trail, start by finding Mt. Shasta Ace Hardware at328 North Mt Shasta Blvd. From there, you’ll walk a few blocks toward Mt. Shasta, and you’ll find the trail.

For specific directions, check out theSiskiyou Land Trust’s Sisson Meadowsvisitors guidehere.

Tule Lake & Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges

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As you drive west through Siskiyou County, you can stop at one of the premiere birding destinations on the West Coast. Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges are something of a bird Mecca and make for a quick road trip stop to see some breathtaking wildlife.

Just below the Oregon state line near Newell, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge has a lot of open water and leased crop lands, attracting primarily water birds. Within the refuge is a 12-mile (paved and unpaved) all-season road kept open to wildlife viewing all year long. There are also two hiking trails for viewing wildlife eyeball to eyeball, the Sheepy Ridge Trail and the Discovery Marsh Trail.

As you continue to head west, a stop at America’s very first designated National Wildlife Refuge is on the itinerary. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and a National Historic Landmark in 1965. The Klamath has about 3,100 acres of wetland habitat, making it a great spot for finding waterfowl in the winter. The area’s 8,000 acres of upland habitat also makes it a great spot to find birds like the Western Tanager in the spring.

Learn more about the Best Places to Go Bird Watching in Siskiyou County

Dunsmuir Baseball Field

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Dunsmuir isknown for its beautiful waterfallsand proximity to Mount Shasta, but not a lot of people know it was once the stop of Babe Ruth’s west coast exhibition tour, where he and Yankee teammate Bob Meusel travelled through California playing local teams. One of those teams was the Dunsmuir baseball team, which played the Babe on October 22, 1924.

If you were to visit the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown, New York, you would find a poster promoting the event, with admission costing $1.10 for adults (plus a war tax) and 25 cents for children. Dunsmuir Mayor Cornish declared a half holiday on that day for the town to attend the event.

According to legend, Ruth hit a ball so far during the game that it was never found. Today, the field and stands still sit in downtown Dunsmuir, commemorating the memorable visit from the baseball icon.

Learn more about Babe Ruth’s baseball game in Dunsmuir

McCloud River Mercantile Hotel

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The well-known historic hotel of the town of McCloud is McCloud Mercantile, which opened in 1897 as a store and hotel for the mill workers at the McCloud River Lumber Company and their families. Today, the hotel and store remain a mainstay in the town of McCloud, attracting visitors from all over the west coast to enjoy the town’s history and shop the unique vintage lines that are still available in the store.

Learn more about McCloud Mercantile

Castle Crags Wilderness

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Castle Crags seems to hide in plain sight. Though clearly visible from I-5, the magnificent geological oddityreceives lessmentionthan other North State attractions. Maybe people prefer volcanoes to granite spires.

Whatever the reason for Castle Crags State Park’s relative anonymity, the destination certainly deserves a visit. From the hike to Castle Dome to finding waterfalls like Root Creek Falls and Burstarse Falls, there are so many reasons to make a trip to the legendary Crags.

Learn more about Castle Crags State Park

Yaks on the 5

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Probably the most known restaurant in Siskiyou County due to its “Top 100 Restaurant in America” moniker from Yelp,Yaks on the 5delivers on quality burgers and much more. Located in Dunsmuir, this small diner brings locals and visitors everything from humongous burgers, beer on tap and sticky buns TO DIE FOR! It’s a fun stop for the whole family on your way to Siskiyou adventure.

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Learn more about Yaks on the 5 in Dunsmuir

Have fun on your family adventure in Siskiyou County!


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Is Mount Shasta worth visiting? ›

Well, we're here to tell you that Mount Shasta should be a destination in its own right. Diverse hiking options, scenic lakes, watefralls, mountaineering routes and ski descents make the Mount Shasta area worthy of a visit!

What is Siskiyou County known for? ›

As the fifth largest county in California by area, Siskiyou County features spectacular natural beauty and scenic cities and towns including Yreka--the County Seat, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud and Tulelake as well as Butte Valley, Scott Valley, Shasta Valley and the Klamath River Corridor.

What is Mount Shasta famous for? ›

Mount Shasta is an ice-topped volcano that draws outdoor adventurers and spiritual seekers. Various legends say it's home to a sacred spring, beings who have transcended the physical plane or a crystal city full of ancient foes of Atlantis. Mount Shasta, in Northern California, is an outdoor adventure destination.

How long is the walk around Lake Siskiyou? ›

Discover this 7.3-mile loop trail near Mount Shasta, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 2 h 29 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, fishing, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

Can you drive up to Mt. Shasta? ›

What You Need to Know. Mount Shasta is about 200 miles north of Sacramento. To reach it by highway, exit I-5 on Lake Street at Mount Shasta City, then follow Lake Street east to Everitt Memorial Highway. In summer, you can drive all the way up to the end of the road at about 7,900 feet elevation.

Where are the Siskiyous? ›

The Siskiyou Mountains are a coastal subrange of the Klamath Mountains, and located in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon in the United States.

What county is Etna CA in? ›

Etna is a city in the Scott Valley area of Siskiyou County, California, United States. Its population is 678 as of the 2020 census, down from 737 from the 2010 census. Location of Etna in Siskiyou County, California.

What is the most northern part of California? ›

Crescent City, California
Coordinates: 41°45′22″N 124°12′06″W
CountryUnited States
CountyDel Norte
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What is the secret of Mount Shasta? ›

About 10 years ago, a hole — about 60 feet deep — appeared on the side of Mount Shasta, California's highest volcano. It seemed to have been dug by hand at night, using a makeshift pulley system to remove the dirt. The only clues the diggers left behind were a ladder, some buckets and a plastic water bottle.

Are there bears in Mt. Shasta? ›

Black Bear

They range throughout the Shasta-Trinity, and because they are omnivorous, will eat just about anything… berries, fish, grubs, grass, even your breakfast bacon and your deodorant!

Is Mt. Shasta going to erupt? ›

On the basis of its behavior in the past 10,000 years, Mount Shasta is not likely to erupt large volumes of pumiceous ash in the near future.

How long does it take to drive through Mount Shasta? ›

Mount Shasta-Cascade Loop
Mileage445 miles (717 km)
Duration9 hours, 11 minutes
Seasons If Winter is not mentioned, the road may be closed during the winter.Spring, Summer, and Fall
RoadwaysCalifornia Highways 139, 161, 299, 36, 44, and 89, Interstate 5, and US Highway 97
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Is Mount Shasta free? ›

The local Ranger Station and visitor information is located in the town of Mt. Shasta at 204 West Alma Street. There is no entry station or entry fee, and there are no parking fees or passes at his time.

Do you need chains to drive to Mt Shasta? ›

Highway 89 between McCloud and Mount Shasta is listed as R-2, meaning chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels and provided that tire traction devices for at least one set of drive wheels are carried in or upon the vehicle.

Is Bunny Flats open? ›

Bunny Flat: OPEN and kiosk is stocked for the season. Sand Flat: OPEN and kiosk is stocked for the season. Old Ski Bowl: OPEN and the kiosk is stocked for the season.

Who lives in Mt Shasta? ›

According to local indigenous tribes, namely the Klamath people, Mount Shasta is inhabited by the spirit chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain's summit.

How long is Mount Shasta hike? ›

How long does it take to climb Mt. Shasta… and how many miles is it to the top? The distance from Bunny Flat to the summit is about 5 to 6 miles depending on route variation, and the elevation gain is over 7000 feet!

What does the word Siskiyou mean? ›

Siskiyou, in the language of the Rogue River Indians, means bob-tail, and the chain of mountains forming the dividing line between Oregon and California, obtained the name of Siskiyou mountains in this wise: Once, on a time, many years ago, a party of Rogue River Indians were crossing that mountain, when a bob-tailed ...

What is the highest pass on Interstate 5? ›

The Siskiyou Pass, commonly called “The Siskiyous,” is one of the most hazardous stretches of road along Interstate 5. The summit is at an elevation of 4,310 feet.

Are chains required on the Siskiyou Pass right now? ›

Snow Chain Requirements

R1 - Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels.

Is Etna CA a good place to live? ›

Etna is very quaint and quiet. Definitely a place to retire to. However, if you're a social person or prefer a more bustling and busy life, this isn't the place to go. It's also a very religious town with several churches.

What is the elevation of Etna California? ›

What is the population of Callahan California? ›

The population in Callahan (zip 96014) is 157.

There are 1 people per square mile aka population density. The median age in Callahan (zip 96014) is 48.6, the US median age is 37.4. The number of people per household in Callahan (zip 96014) is 1.6, the US average of people per household is 2.6.

Is SoCal or NorCal better? ›

The bottom line: Choose NorCal if you love the change of seasons, falling leaves, storms, hot weather, and crisp autumn days. Choose SoCal if you love temperate weather and don't really care for snow, super cold days or pumpkin spiced anything.

Is Northern or Southern California more expensive? ›

Northern California is considerably cheaper than its southern counterpart, as long as you stay out of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Here is a look at some of the cheapest places to live in Northern California that still offer a high standard of living.

What state is similar to California? ›

Similar to Oregon, Washington, and Nevada

Few states are very similar to California. The top 2, Oregon and Washington, are the only other states in the US mainland to border the Pacific Ocean, however these states also have some significant differences with California as well.

What is under Shasta Lake? ›

Kennett was an important copper mining town in northern California, United States until it was flooded by Shasta Lake while Shasta Dam was being constructed. Kennett is submerged under approximately 400 ft. of water (depending on the lake level).

Has Davohnte Morgan been found? ›

Davohnte was last seen on May 5, 2020, in Mt. Shasta. He is missing under suspicious circumstances.
Davohnte Van Morgan.
Agency:Mt. Shasta Police Department
Phone Number:(530) 926-7540
Case Number:2005M-0110

Why is Mount Shasta so spiritual? ›

The power of Mount Shasta has been felt by Native Americans for thousands of years. The mountain straddles the past territories of the Shasta, Wintu, Achumawi, Atsugewi and Modoc tribes. They believed the mountain was inhabited by the spirit chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain’s summit.

Is Mount Shasta pretty? ›

shasta is a great place will let you back again and again. Snow mountain and green forest make this area very beautiful. There also many falls ,creeks ,trails . You couldn't leave when you stay.

How long is Mount Shasta hike? ›

How long does it take to climb Mt. Shasta… and how many miles is it to the top? The distance from Bunny Flat to the summit is about 5 to 6 miles depending on route variation, and the elevation gain is over 7000 feet!

Are there redwoods in Shasta National Forest? ›

No. Redwoods are specific to the coast and only grow on coastal areas.

What towns are close to Mt. Shasta? ›

Cities near Mount Shasta, California:
  • Shasta Lake, CA.
  • Redding, CA.
  • Anderson, CA.
  • Ashland, OR.
  • Altamont, OR.
  • Klamath Falls, OR.
  • Medford, OR.
  • Red Bluff, CA.

Are there bears in Mt. Shasta? ›

Black Bear

They range throughout the Shasta-Trinity, and because they are omnivorous, will eat just about anything… berries, fish, grubs, grass, even your breakfast bacon and your deodorant!

Where is Bunny Flat California? ›

MT. SHASTA, Calif. — The Bunny Flat Trailhead on Mount Shasta has become increasingly busy over the years due to a rise in winter recreation popularity. Bunny Flat lies at 6,950 feet in elevation and serves as the primary portal for multi-use winter recreation on the south side of Mount Shasta.

What are the mysteries of Mount Shasta? ›

The Mystery of Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta in northern California is known as a hotbed of strange events, from Big Foot sightings to UFO encounters to hikers vanishing without a trace. Could the mountain's unique geology and placement on Earth be attracting beings from other worlds… and even other dimensions?

Can a beginner climb Mt. Shasta? ›

Mount Shasta's Avalanche Gulch route is a great beginner route to learn mountaineering on, but if you are a beginner this is best done with a guide (as we will describe below). Even though this route is “beginner”, please be aware that it is still a very physically challenging route!

What should I bring to Mt. Shasta? ›

  • Climbing helmet.
  • Climbing pack (65 – 75 liters)
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F – 30°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
  • Sleeping pad.
  • Mountaineering tent or backpacking tent.
  • Snow stakes or bag anchors for the tent.
  • Mountaineering boots (crampon-compatible)
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Can you climb Mount Shasta in a day? ›

Can You Climb Mt. Shasta in 24 Hours... - YouTube

Where is the best place to see the giant redwoods in California? ›

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Situated about 100 miles southwest of Sacramento, Calaveras Big Trees State Park is one of the most accessible places to see California redwoods. The park's North Grove includes the “Discovery Tree,” a massive redwood stump that fell sometime in the 1850s.

Why is Shasta not a national park? ›

The park never came to fruition, due primarily to logging and railroading interests, but the mountain remains a wild, primeval place. Protection did come with the establishment of the Mount Shasta Wilderness in 1984. It may not be a National Park, but it obviously boasts staggering national park caliber scenery.

Is Shasta erupting? ›

USGS scientists are currently working on this question. Mount Shasta doesn't erupt on a regular timescale. Research indicates that the volcano erupts episodically with ten or more eruptions occurring in short (500-2,000 year) time periods separated by long intervals (3,000-5,000 years) with few or no eruptions.


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