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Bask in the Outdoors on a Mt. Shasta or Lake Shasta Vacation
Mt. Shasta viewed from a rest area
Rising 14,162 feet toward the heavens, snow-blanketed Mt. Shasta is the undisputed king of the Northern California landscape.
So imposing is California’s most famous volcano (don’t worry, it’s dormant — for now!) that you can’t help gazing at it. Cell phones have nothing on Mt. Shasta when it comes to driver distraction!
Clear, sunny summer days are the best time to catch Mt. Shasta in all its glory against a backdrop of shockingly blue sky. During the winter and spring you may be lucky to glimpse Mt. Shasta at all if it’s shrouded in mist — which is often the case.
With so much “star” quality, it’s no wonder Mt. Shasta attracts climbers, hikers, skiers, mountain bikers, and vacationers by the droves, reigning as it does overtrails, impossibly clear alpine lakes, evergreen forests, tranquil meadows, trout-filled streams, obsidian ridges, lava tubes, crags, and gaping caverns.
Mt. Shasta, a picture-perfect 62-mile drive north of Redding on Interstate 5, is the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range. (Washington’s Mt. Rainier is the highest, but only by 249 feet.)
While Mt. Shasta may be the “big kahuna” of the region, it’s hardly the only draw.
Just 20 miles north of the city of Redding, well before you approach Mt.Shasta territory, things really start to get interesting. That’s where you’ll find Lake Shasta, a recreational phenomenon fed by the Sacramento River, the McCloud River, the Pit River, and Squaw Creek — all brought together by the Shasta Dam.
With 370 miles of shoreline, 40,000 surface acres, hundreds of coves, channels, and inlets, an average depth of 400 feet, and comfy 78-degree water to boot, it’s easy to see why Lake Shasta is a mecca for all kinds of watercraft, but especially houseboats. The fishing’s good here, too — hence the bass tournaments in the spring and fall.
With all that Mt. Shasta and Lake Shasta have to offer, you’ll definitely want to make this magical Northern California region a vacation priority.
But where do you start?
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