|A view of the West side of Mt Shasta.|
The oaks covering the hillsides in Northern CA are currently a lovely canvas of yellow and orange.
The Squaw/South Gate Trail was a perfect choice to see Shasta up close and personal. Located at about 7,500 feet, it's a 5.2 mile lollipop loop through meadows on the Southern flank of Mt Shasta, with views of that great mountain as well as Gray Butte and Red Butte.
|Hans is taking on the characteristics of the mossy forests we've been hiking lately...as well as the Nor Cal vibe!|
|Mt Shasta viewed from Panther Meadow at about 7500 feet on the mountains South flank.|
|Hiking up a barren pass on Mt Shasta's South side.|
This small meadow would be covered in flowers in the summer.
We did a short two-mile hike at Castle Lake for our second hike in the area. The water was perfectly still creating some incredible reflections:
We also took a brief walk along Lake Siskiyou and were treated to more amazing reflections...this time of Mt Shasta:
|Lake Siskiyou and Mt Shasta.|
Weed is a quirky little town that has fun playing off the marijuana reference. We enjoyed a very good IPA at the Mt Shasta Brewery in town. We stayed at the Hi Lo Motel, Cafe & RV Park. The RV park was nothing special, just a row of spaces behind the hotel backing up to a small creek, but the cafe was wonderful. Very good American comfort food, reasonably priced with huge portions.
Just down the freeway, Mt Shasta city was our access point for our hikes and was a really cute little town. If we are in the area again we'd probably look for an RV park in this town.
Tomorrow we continue South into Redding where daytime temps are currently in the upper 80's - yikes!!!