On the drive from Redding to Mt Shasta we were thrilled to see Shasta Lake full to the brim!
|What an amazing sight, Shasta Lake is practically full!!!!!|
It's been a very long time.
Spring Hill was our first hike in the area. Close to town, it's a 1.5 mile hike to the top of a small butte with lovely views of Mt Shasta.
|Mt Shasta from the Spring Hill trail.|
Near the Spring Hill trail head and adjacent to Interstate 5 at Mt Shasta City Park are the headwaters of the Upper Sacramento River. We saw several people filling jugs with water percolating out of the hillside...water that fell as snow on Mt Shasta about 50 years earlier.
|Headwaters of the Sacramento River.|
|Chantal and I at Weed Ale House.|
The three of us had a nice walk along three miles of the north shore of Lake Siskiyou. Unfortunately the bridge crossing the Sacramento River inlet had not been installed for the summer due to heavy runoff so we were unable to circle the entire lake. This is a mostly flat trail suitable for walking or biking.
|Wagon Creek Bridge on Lake Siskiyou plus Mt Shasta.|
The Mt Shasta Sisson Museum, near Lake Siskiyou, is an excellent place to learn about the area's history. Everything from Native Americans to logging, trains, skiing, and the lenticular clouds that form over the mountain. There's even a fish hatchery on the grounds.
|Feeding the fish at the hatchery at the Mt Shasta Sisson Museum.|
One of the most popular hikes in the area is the McCloud River Falls trail. Much of the flow of the McCloud River is shaped by lava and three beautiful waterfalls occur where the water could not cut through tough bands of basalt. Though all three falls can be reached by car, we parked at the lower falls and hiked to the upper falls for a gorgeous 4 mile round trip walk.
|Lower Falls on the McCloud River|
|Middle Falls on the McCloud River...note the guy on the left about to jump.|
|Looking down on the Middle Falls.|
|Upper Falls on the McCloud River.|
|Lava channel leading to the Upper Falls.|
After a wonderful few days with Chantal, she returned to her regular life and we continued our typical daily exploring of the area. The Gateway trail system is a pretty new series of trails right on the edge of Mt Shasta City with, of course, fabulous views of the mountain. We did a nice seven mile lollipop loop and finally, after weeks of seeing signs, saw a bear!
|Mt Shasta from the Gateway trail.|
|Strolling through swaths of flowering thimble berry plants on the Gateway trail.|
|Just barely managed to photograph the bear we saw strolling through a ravine about 75 feet below us on the Gateway trail.|
We had one more amazing hike in the area but I have too many photos for this post, stay tuned!
Today we move on in to Oregon...more time with Chantal and James, and lots of beach time ahead of us this summer!