Mount Shasta is a free-spirited town set at the foot of a 4,300-metre-high stratovolcano. Despite the dramatic setting, the town has a local and laid-back vibe. Stroll around the lively downtown district, relax at hip craft breweries and satisfy your appetite for adventure with activities like hiking, mountain biking and rafting.
Things to do in Mount Shasta
At more than 4,300 metres tall, Mt Shasta dominates the landscape. It’s part of the breathtakingly beautiful Cascade Range and features a pair of impressive volcanic cones. A winding road takes you up the mountain, where you’ll get sweeping views over the surrounding peaks, lakes and forests. The walk from Everitt Vista Point is particularly beautiful. Summit climbs are best attempted from May to September and reserved for experienced hikers.
Whether you prefer to drive, hike or cycle, there are endless ways to explore Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Rent a mountain bike and explore mud-splattered trails or saddle up for a horseback riding adventure. Rafting trips along the Trinity River will get your pulse racing.
Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Lava Beds National Monument. The Badlands were formed by volcanic action and showcase all kinds of geological formations, including craters, lava tubes and cinder cones. Venture into the park’s caves to see ancient Native American petroglyphs.
From buzzing breweries with sun-drenched patios to trendy brunch cafes and chef-driven restaurants, there’s something for everyone in Downtown Mount Shasta. Find more options in the friendly riverside town of Dunsmuir and in McCloud, a historic town set at the foot of Mount Shasta.
Getting around Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Siskiyou County in Northern California, a 3.5-hour drive from Sacramento and 4.5 hours from San Francisco. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Mount Shasta Region at your own pace. San Francisco International Airport is a 4.5-hour drive away.