Northern California & Mt. Shasta Area Travel Guide

Annual Events We Like

  • 4th of July Fireworks – This is the official web site for the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Committee. Fourth of July fireworks in Mt. Shasta.
  • Fall Pumpkin Train – The Shasta Sunset Dinner Train operates a number of specials during the year. Additionally, during the summer, Thursday nights are Theme Nights

Athletic Special Events

  • 4th of July Fun Run & Walk – Coined as the Largest Small Town Walk in America, Mountain Runners of Mt. Shasta, California welcomes you to join us for this family fun and healthy annual July 4th event – 3 walks or races to participate in with great food and entertainment along the way.
  • Climb Against the Odds – Mt. Shasta – Join a team of inspiring women and men in a mountain expedition for breast cancer prevention.
  • Summit Century Bike Ride – There’s no ride quite like the Mt. Shasta Summit Century. Challenging climbs. Breathtaking views. Lightly trafficked, rural roads. And a cloverleaf route that encourages you to test yourself — you’re never more than a downhill away from home.
  • The Mount Shasta Tinman Triathlon – If you’re looking for a fun, low mileage triathlon in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable, try the Tinman.

Between Redding and McCloud: Worth the Stop

  • Lake Shasta Caverns – With a boat ride across Shasta Lake, a scenic bus ride to the cavern entrance, and a one hour guided tour through the caverns, Lake Shasta Caverns is “Three Adventures In One!”

Bicycling Shasta Cascade

  • Bicycling in McCloud, Mt. Shasta and Northern California – Bicycling the Shasta Cascade region offers some of the most picturesque, diverse and uncrowded bicycle riding opportunities in the Western United States. There are numerous options for both road and mountain bike riders, including loops, out and back rides and point-to-point rides of any length and level of difficulty.
  • Mt. Shasta Pedali – Offers group bicycle and Mt. Shasta adventures rides Tuesday and Friday evenings. Rides depart from the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery.
  • Mt. Shasta Summit Century – Held in the stunning alpine environment surrounding 14,162′ Mount Shasta, the Mount Shasta Summit Century is an endless parade of breathtaking views – and a challenging set of climbs. A cloverleaf route allows you to really challenge yourself.
  • Shasta Cascade Mountain Biking – Here you will find trail rides ranging from 7-70 miles.

Birding Shasta Cascade


  • Subway Caves – Subway Cave is an easy first cave and the ceilings are never lower than 6 feet, no tight squeezes or crawling is required.
  • Lava Beds National Monument – Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and a high desert wilderness experience await you!

Environmental Education

Fishing Shasta Cascade, McCloud & Mt. Shasta Fishing Guides and Services

  • Fishing Shasta Cascade – The best lake fishing is early in the season and during the fall. Even though fly-fishing slows down in mid-summer, one can usually catch fish over spring areas and in deeper water where temperatures are cooler. All lakes in the Forest are open to trout fishing year round (Check State of California Regulations for possible changes). Many alpine lakes are usually iced over a good portion of the year and some do not become free of ice until July.
  • Alpine Lake Fishing – There are many alpine lakes in the Trinity National Forest, most of which trout fishing is allowed. Start your search here.
  • Alpine Lakes of the Shasta Trinity National Forest download with map – The Trinity Divide is a rugged chunk of mountainous country that separates the Trinity River on the West and the Sacramento River on the East. Here is a directory and map to Alpine Lakes in the region and easily accessible from the McCloud Vacation Home.
  • Fishing in the Klamath National Forest – links to rivers and streams – The Klamath National Forest offers almost unlimited opportunities for the backcountry angler. Here you will find mountain trout fishing; huge king salmon, the brawling Klamath River and bright steelhead in wild canyons.
  • Fly Fishing the McCloud River – The McCloud River may have the distinction of possessing more 18- 28-inch trout then anywhere in California.
  • McCloud River Preserve – The Nature Conservancy – The preserve allows 10 anglers to fish using catch and release techniques at any one time. Five of these fishing places may be reserved a least a few weeks in advance. Additionally, The McCloud River Preserve offers three miles of hiking trails and a self-guided nature walk. Hikers, birdwatchers, and wildflower enthusiasts are invited.
  • Shasta Cascade Fishing Reports – This is the most regularly updated Northern California Fishing Report available covering rivers and lakes in the Shasta Cascade region.

McCloud & Mt. Shasta Fishing Guides and Services

  • Jack Trout International and Weblog – Jack Trout offers Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Upper and Lower Sacramento River, McCloud, Pit, Trinity and Klamath Rivers in Northern California.
  • McCloud Fly Fishing Adventures – Local fishing guide with 18 years experience guiding the McCloud, Sacramento rivers and more.
  • The Fly Shop – The Fly Shop offer the best in the business, a complete online and retail store, guide service, schools and workshops and a kids camp!
  • Three River Guide Service – Guide service to the Sacramento River fly fishing, the Pit River fly fishing, the Klamath River fly fishing, the McCloud River fishing and the Trinity River steelhead fishing

Golfing Shasta Cascade

Golfing Shasta Cascade offers a variety of challenges, with stunning views from all four sides of Mt. Shasta. Play our community courses for local charm and challenge, and treat yourself to the championship courses at one of Siskiyou County’s premiere golf resorts. Your Northern California Vacation will be one you’ll never forget!

  • Golfing Shasta Cascade – Your Northern California Vacation will be complemented by the many beautiful golf courses in the Shasta Cascade region.
  • Golfing in McCloud – The McCloud Golf Course is the oldest nine-hole course in Northern California. It was built by the McCloud River Lumber Company in 1927. This course offers a beautiful view of Mount Shasta

Hiking On And Around Mt. Shasta

Travel to Northern California and enjoy hundreds of miles of hiking trails that offer spectacular scenery and, occasionally, glimpses of wild animals. In the winter, bring your shoe shoes!

History of the Shasta Region

  • Siskiyou History – A digital library of primary sources in Siskiyou County History.
  • McCloud’s Heritage Junction Museum – Welcome to a look back to McCloud’s timber and railroad beginnings.
  • Mount Shasta Companion – Mount Shasta is a treasure-trove of insights and history, providing a wealth of information that can be used by modern-day explorers, scientists, and instructors seeking new ways to make the study of literature, science, history, art, and social science more meaningful and relevant to students.
  • Sisson Museum – The Museum has welcomed over 300,000 visitors since it opened in 1983. The Sisson Museum is located on the fish hatchery grounds.

Massage and Spas

  • Atlantis Rising – Atlantis Rising provides McCloud Vacation Home guests in home massage.
  • Sacred Mountain Spa – “Where Healing is State of the Heart”. Our Day Spa is conveniently located in downtown Mount Shasta.
  • Stewart Mineral Springs – Begin your journey at Stewart Mineral Springs with a soothing mineral bath, a relaxing sweat in Northern California’s last dry wood sauna or revitalizing spa treatment.

Mt. Shasta Area Adventures – All Season – Fun for all ages

  • Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens – The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens encompassing about ten acres of a hilly, wooded area with a meadow, a playground area, and picnic sites bordering the Upper Sacramento River.
  • Horseback Riding on Mt. Shasta – Your Mt. Shasta Vacation will be enriched with a horseback ride along a mountain trails and lakes capturing awe-inspiring views of Mt. Shasta. Hayrides and carriage rides arranged by appointment. Open year-round, weather permitting.
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides over Shasta Valley – Flights daily over the beautiful Shasta Valley north of Mount Shasta, one of the most magnificent volcanic peaks in the world.
  • Living Memorial Sculpture Garden – Graceful metal statues throughout this park honor, Veterans of all wars, people affected by war (both in the battle zone and at home) and our eternal quest for peace.
  • Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery – Large, open ponds hold rainbow and brown trout are raised to stock mountain fishing streams, rivers and lakes. Feed trout from the handy fish food dispensers.
  • Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms – Roam acres of lavender! Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms is a working farm and seasonal destination where the views of Mt. Shasta are as intoxicating as the fragrance from the purple fields. Cut a basketful to take home. 2010 schedule, June 12 through July 18, including July 4th.
  • Siskiyou County Fair – August 11-15, 2010, Promoting Excellence in Agricultural Awareness and Education.

Mt. Shasta Adventures: Siskiyou County Wilderness Areas and more

Mt. Shasta Spiritual Visitors

Outdoor Equipment and Apparel – All Seasons

Rail Roads and Train Excursions

  • Yreka Western Railroad / Blue Goose Steam Train – Your trip back in time begins as you arrive at a 1889 Historic Yreka Depot and ready yourself to ride the “Blue Goose” Train. The center piece of the Yreka Western Railroad’s excursion train is steam locomotive #19. Passengers are treated to the unique sights, sound and smell that only a steam locomotive can produce.

Shasta Cascade and Northern California Scenic Drives

The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.


  • Brown Dog Gallery – McCloud – The Brown Dog Gallery & Gifts featuring original artwork by Claudia Ellis and other renowned artists. You’ll also find sand carved glass doors, vases and handmade European linens. A variety of garden artworks, including garden angels from ”Total Design.”
  • Crystals Mt. Shasta – Enter Mount Shasta’s Middle Earth and enjoy The Crystal Room where you will find beautiful crystals and minerals from all over the world.
  • McCloud Book Gallery – The McCloud Book Gallery is an independent, locally owned bookstore and art gallery located in the historic McCloud River Mercantile Building in McCloud.
  • McCloud General Store & Building Supply – 205 E. Minnesota, McCloud
  • Mt. Shasta Art Gallery – The Mt. Shasta Art Gallery offers paintings, sculpture, and fine art photography. Located in downtown Mount Shasta, along with hand-made jewelry and other fine and unique gift items.
  • Shopping in McCloud – At McCloud River Mercantile, we happily go out of our way to search and introduce classic product lines that made America great. That is what makes the McCloud River Mercantile Co. store in the mountain community of McCloud, California a unique shopping experience for all ages. Plant o have lunch at the White Mountain Fountain and reflect back to your wonder years.
  • Shopping in Mt. Shasta
  • The Kevin Lahey Gallery – The Gallery is located in historic downtown Mt. Shasta City. Browse through our eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry and Mt. Shasta collectibles.

Mt. Shasta Area Winter Family Fun

  • Back Country Skiing and Snowboarding Tours – SWS Mountain Guides aka Sierra Wilderness Seminars, Inc. has been offering rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, alpine mountaineering, certified avalanche seminars (level I and level II), backpacking, survival, backcountry skiing, ski touring, and mountain ski descents throughout California for over 28 years.
  • Cross Country Skiing – Mt. Shasta has been described as one of the top back country skiing mountains in the world as featured in Couloir Magazine!
  • Dog Sled Express – Travel to Northern California and Enjoy majestic views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and Castle Crags aboard a dog sled powered by a beautiful and friendly team of highly trained canine athletes.
  • Ice Skating – Siskiyou Ice Rink – The Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Northern California
  • Kids Cross Country Ski Programs – This weekly program has been designed to build enthusiasm for Nordic skiing in younger children (age from 8-14), the weekly kids program is an instructional, non-competitive program that teaches the fundamentals of Nordic skate skiing. FREE
  • Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Wilderness Dept. – This web page provides climbers, skiers, snowboarders and other visitors with instant access to avalanche and climbing route advisories.
  • Mt. Shasta Ski & Board Park – Skiing Mt. Shasta – Skiing Mt. Shasta – The Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park is an excellent ski destination that offers downhill skiing and snowboarding for beginners through advanced. The maximum drop of 1400 feet and a state-of-the-art terrain park with jumps, halfpipe and plenty of exciting runs guarantees your winter travel to Northern California will be enjoyable for everyone. Get ready to have fun on the slopes!
  • Shasta Snofari – Shasta Snofari features one or two specified winter sports outings each day led by two or more guides. Everyone is free to participate at their own pace; most routes feature various distance options, too.
  • Sledding on Mt. Shasta – Mount Shasta has two fun sledding areas. The first is Snowman’s Hill located at the ski park turn off at Hwy 89. The second is Bunny Flats, located on Everett Memorial Hwy near Mt. Shasta.
  • Snowshoeing in McCloud, Mt. Shasta and Castle Craigs – Snowshoeing in the Shasta Cascade region is endless. Step outside the doors of the McCloud Vacation Home and you’re on your way to great time!
  • The Fun Factory, Snowmobile Rentals & Tours – The Fun Factory offers thrilling snowmobile tours on over 250 miles of groomed trails in the Klamath, Modoc and Shasta-Trinity National forests.
  • Winter Sport Aids for Young Children – This is a great resource to get your toddler on skis and more. We had Jack, our son at 15 months on his own skis going down runs with us.

Square Dancing in McCloud

  • Dance Country – Square dancing, round dancing, ballroom dancing in historic McCloud at the base on beautiful Mt. Shasta. Dance lessons and instructions available.

Star Gazing

  • Interactive Star Guide – While at the McCloud Vacation Home enter zip code 96057 to see what’s in the heavens.
  • Moon Phases – Make your reservation based on the darkest nights that are best for stargazing.

Mountain Guides and Adventure Tours

  • Guided Tours with Robin Kohn – Tours are customized according to interests and requests. If you really want to experience the volcano, sign up for Robin’s “Perfect Around the Mountain Driving Tour!”
  • Shasta Mountain Guides – Shasta Mountain Guides leads the highest quality adventures on California’s most spectacular peak. Shasta Mountain Guides are mountain professionals committed to your safety and enjoyment.
  • Shasta Vortex Adventures – Guided tours in all four seasons. Mt. Shasta guided tour and integrative healthcare and sacred site treks, telemark and winter awareness clinics, custom tours.
  • SWS Mountain Guides – SWS Mountain Guides our 2009 courses and climbs are conducted year around whether a first time backpackers or a skilled mountaineer, we have a course to get you started or improve your technique.
  • Zandona’ Outdoors – Zandona’ Outdoors will guide you to the wilderness of your choice.

Waterfalls in McCloud, Siskiyou County, and Mt. Shasta area

Water Sports Shasta Cascade

  • Rafting adventures in the McCloud Mt. Shasta region – Guided rafting and kayaking adventures on the uncrowded rivers of far northern California and southern Oregon. Class 2 to 5
  • California Whitewater Rafting – All-Outdoors offers daily departures 7 days a week between the months of April and October.
  • Living Waters Recreation – Living Waters Recreation, offers professionally guided whitewater rafting trips, on the lower, middle, and upper sections of the wild and scenic Klamath River, redwood-lined Scott River, upper Sacramento River, California Salmon River, and picturesque Trinity River.
  • Osprey Outdoors Kayak School – Osprey Kayak offers flat-water paddling and tours for folks who want to learn about and enjoy the beauty of the area.
  • River Dancers – Join River Dancers for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure in a wilderness setting. The Ultimate Family Rafting Trip is the perfect vacation for parents and kids of all ages.
  • Turtle River Rafting – From April through September, we offer 1 to 6 day rafting adventures. We offer easy floats, basking in the sun for families with small children.
  • White Water Rafting Tours – Choose from California rafting trips suitable for kids that make great family vacations, to extreme California white water rafting adventures for the expert, and everything in between.
  • Wilderness Adventures – Wilderness Adventures offers knowledge and experience, love for adventure, spirit of discovery, and a strong commitment to providing each guest with a memorable experience. A high quality outfitter providing some of the most challenging adventures in the world.

Wildflowers & Trees in the Shasta Cascade Region

Many landscapes in California’s mountains are still relatively untouched by humans and provide excellent opportunities for viewing wildflowers, here are a few links to get you started.

Worth the Read – McCloud / Mt. Shasta Area Authors

  • 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California by John Soares’ Northern California Hiking Trails – John Soares’ Northern California Hiking Trails website features excerpts from John’s two hiking guides, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition, and 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, revised edition.
  • Climbing Mt. Shasta Guide Book by Steve Lewis – Climbing Mt. Shasta Guide Book, Route 1, Avalanche Gulch, Now in it’s Fourth Printing!
  • Living Gold Press – Mt. Shasta, California’s Mystic Mountain and Mt. Shasta Sketchbook, A sketchbook guide to the beautiful domain of Mt. Shasta and A Coloring Tour of Siskiyou County, A Guide for the Whole Family.
  • Mt. Shasta Guide To Fun by Robin Kohn – Mount Shasta Guide to Fun and a mountain and backcountry guide, step-on guide for bus and private scenic tours throughout the Mt. Shasta area.
  • Tom Stienstra – Official web site of Tom Stienstra, award winning columnist and two-time National Outdoor Writer of the Year.

Worth The Trip – These We Like

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program.
  • Britt Festival – Britt Festivals is organized to present and sponsor in Southern Oregon performing arts of the highest quality for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of all.

Other Resources

  • Calvary Christian Center Assembly of God: 110 Colombero, McCloud / 530-964-2556
  • First Baptist Church: 121 Water Street, McCloud / 530-964-2910
  • McCloud Community Presbyterian Church: 428 California Street, McCloud / 530-964-2381
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church: 108 Maple Street, McCloud / 530-964-3116
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: 321 W. Colombero, McCloud / 530-964-9774
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church: 507 Pine Street, Mt. Shasta / 530-926-4477
  • McCloud Market, 117 Broadway, McCloud
Mt. Shasta
  • Berryvale Grocery, 305 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Mt. Shasta
  • Ray’s Food Place, 160 Morgan Way, Mt. Shasta
  • Mt. Shasta Super Market, 112 E. Alma St., Mt. Shasta
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