“When I first caught sight of Mount Shasta over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since.”– John Muir
Is One Single Picture Really Enough To Create An Addiction?
Mt. Shasta, CA – Just like every treasure has both golden coins and one-of-a-kind jewels, so too do the small towns of America entail beautiful places that charm passers-by with a single visit, but also include those out-of-this-world, breathtaking, unique locations that are so incredible that one needn’t visit them in person in order to fall in love with them – browsing through a couple of pictures will do the job equally well. That’s the kind of place, ladies and gentlemen, the City of Mt. Shasta, CA has always been. And something tells us that’s not going to change in the near future.
Where To Find Mt. Shasta, CA?
Mt. Shasta is located in (you’ve guessed it) Siskiyou County, CA, at around 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) above sea level. As aforementioned, the city sits on the flanks of the prominent northern California landmark that is its namesake; less than 9 miles (14 kilometers) southwest of the summit, to be more precise. The population of Mt. Shasta is just over 2,300, making it the perfect addition to HopAmerica.com’s list (you know which one we’re talking about), and take our word for it – you are going to fall in love with this place no matter when, how, or for how long you experience it. It’s a done deal, my friend.
Nestled at the foot of the imposing 14,178-foot (4,322-meter) Mount Shasta, the City of Mt. Shasta offers countless year-round activities, in addition to the obvious fact that it’s surrounded by unique natural beauty. The second-highest volcano in the continental United States, Mount Shasta has been a prominent landmark along the historic Siskiyou Trail, which represents a track of an ancient travel and trade route of Native American footpaths between the Pacific Northwest and California’s Central Valley. The Siskiyou Trail’s modern version is today embodied in the Interstate 5, credited with providing easy access to the City of Mt. Shasta, which is located midway between Portland, OR, and San Francisco, CA.
Wondering How It Got On The Map?
Native Americans of the Wintu, Modoc, Pit, Klamath and Shasta tribes utilized the abundant natural resources of the Mt. Shasta area for thousands of years. Then, somewhere around 1820, the first Europeans arrived as trappers who came to the area because of fur-bearing animals. Some three decades later, circa 1851, gold and silver brought miners to this gorgeous natural site, and the timber industry got under way in 1887, when the railroad laid tracks through Strawberry Valley.
These days, the vast recreational opportunities on offer courtesy of the Mt. Shasta region are widely explored by outdoor lovers ranging from retirees and family vacationers to extreme sports enthusiasts. Moreover, when it comes to destination vacationing, it can be said that Mt. Shasta is one of Northern California’s fastest growing new locations, boasting everything from wilderness camping to luxury resort retreats.
Doesn’t It Sound Like Something Out Of Tolkien’s “The Lord Of The Rings?”
We’ll just go ahead and say it – Mt. Shasta is easily the most idyllic destination in the country thanks to its crystal-clear alpine lakes and spectacular mountain vistas. Then again, having the single peak in the Cascade chain that rises 11,000 feet from the surrounding valley as your first neighbor kinda makes things easy in that category. But, all jokes aside, the mountain does dominate the landscape of northern California and has a thousand different faces. Beckoning all to view it from every possible perspective, Mt. Shasta inspires great awe and respect, and thus allows its namesake small town to continue to exist as one of the most breathtaking big small towns in the country.
Although, one mustn’t forget that a wealth of recreational opportunities are also available throughout Siskiyou County for active families and individuals. The county’s varied landscape encompasses hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails, not to mention activities such as fishing, camping, bird watching, horseback riding and virtually anything else a family, couple, or a lonesome traveler may require to make their trip worthwhile. That’s as if saying “Good Morning” when you wake up to the breathtaking sight of the beautiful white mountain top somehow isn’t going to cut it.