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Climb Mount Shasta



Mt. Shasta is a popular destination for a wide spectrum of visitors. Some come for the challenge of climbing to the mountain’s summit, some are spiritual seekers drawn to the mountain, and some come for the floral displays of meadows or sweeping panoramas of vista points. This web site will provide the potential visitor with basic information about recreational opportunities, facilities, areas of interest, and other things to know before planning their visit.

Yellow Butte

Providing one of the best views of Mount Shasta's northern slopes, this 3-mile hike is seldom visited yet offers postcard worthy views and spectacular spring wildflowers.

Black Butte

Adjacent to the town of Mount Shasta, Black Butte is a shapely volcanic plug dome lying to the west of the mountain and rising over 2,000 feet from base to summit. Hikers can climb switchbacks leading up the butte's lava-scree laden slopes to incredible views of Mount Shasta, Mount Eddy and surroundings.

McCloud River Three Falls

The spring-fed McCloud River and it's three falls offer one of the most picturesque stretches of riverbank strolling anywhere. The river is accessible year round, but during the summer months Lower, Middle and Upper Falls each offer their own version of a unique swimming hole experience.

Deadfall Lakes + Mount Eddy

Hike or backpack to Deadfall Lakes and on up to the tallest peak in the contiguous U.S. west of Interstate 5. At 9,026 feet, Mount Eddy is the high point on the Trinity Divide, affording one of the best views of the Trinity Alps and Mount Shasta. Views stretch from Lassen Peak to the southern Oregon Cascades.

Heart Lake

This short hike above Castle Lake near Castle Crags gives much more than what it requires to get there: idyllic swimming and views over Castle Lake and Mount Shasta and stunning wildflowers in late spring and summer.

Castle Crags Dome Hike

Rising above the Upper Sacramento River Valley is a seemingly out of place grouping of granite domes and spires one would expect to find at Yosemite known as Castle Crags. Hiking 2,000 feet above the river on the Crags Trail affords access to Castle Dome, which can be summited via a short scramble. More Shasta views await! Castle Crags is also an option for wintertime exploration.

Burstarse Falls Hike

Tucked away behind Castle Crags along the Trinity Divide is a picturesque waterfall that is accessible year round known as Burstarse Falls. This 5-mile round-trip hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail to Lower Burstarse Falls. Take a short and cautious scramble on the east side of the creek to reach main Burstarse Falls.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Slightly off the beaten path from Mount Shasta, McArthur-Burney Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls to flow throughout California. Fed from an underground spring, the 129-foot falls so impressed President Theodore Roosevelt that he declared McArthur-Burney Falls the eighth wonder of the world. This is one waterfall not to be missed.

Mount Shasta Climb, Avalanche Gulch

Ever desired to stand on top of a 14,000-foot peak? Mount Shasta's Avalanche Gulch route may offer the best non-technical bang for your buck. Starting at Bunny Flat on the mountain's southern slopes, the route ascends a broad gully leading to Mount Shasta's summit. Note this is still a physically demanding route requiring ice axes and crampons and gets crowded during peak climbing season (guides available).

Mount Shasta, Hotlum-Wintun Ridge

Looking to escape the crowds? A more demanding spring route, but one that offers one of the best ski descents on the mountain, is found on Shasta's north side. Upon summiting, ski 4,000 feet of sustained steeps down the Wintun Glacier for a combined 7,000-foot descent back to the car. Note that this is a remote side of the mountain where help is less available than in Avalanche Gulch.