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Mt Shasta Region

‘Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon,’ wrote poet Joaquin Miller about this lovely mountain. The sight of it is so awe-inspiring that the new-age claims about its power as an ‘energy vortex’ sound plausible even after a first glimpse.

There are a million ways to explore the mountain and surrounding Shasta-Trinity National Forest – take scenic drives or get out and hike, mountain bike, raft, ski or snowshoe. At Mt Shasta’s base sit three excellent little towns: Dunsmuir, Mt Shasta City and McCloud. Each has a distinct personality, but all hold a wild-mountain sensibility and first-rate amenities. Find the snaggle-toothed peaks of Castle Crags just 6 miles west of Dunsmuir.

A long drive northeast of Mt Shasta and a world away is eerily beautiful Lava Beds National Monument, a blistered badland of petrified fire. The contrasting wetlands of Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges lie just west.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Mt Shasta Region.