Mt. Shasta: Trade City Noise For Mountain Solitude
Sometimes, you just have to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city-suburban life. That place just might be Mount Shasta in northern California.
The 14,000-foot volcano -- still considered active with its last eruption in the 1200s -- looms large in the landscape near the Oregon border and is home to a ski and snowboard area and a series of mountain hut tours.
It sits equidistant between Portland, Ore., Sacramento, Calif., and Reno, Nev. -- each 350 miles away and a five-hour drive. Locals come from Azalea, McCloud and small settlements, and the drive up to the mountain is winding, at best.
So, "getting away from it all" probably defines Mt. Shasta. The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is small-ish at 450 acres with three fixed-grip chairlifts serving 1,400 vertical feet.
The mountain splits distinctly into two parts. The Marmot Ridge trails (to viewer's left) have all wide green runs served by its own triple chair. Head up the other side and all you will find will be black runs, accessed off of two triple chairs.
The base lodge at the base is the only place to warm up, fuel up or relax. Nearest lodging and full-service restaurants sit a short drive away in McCloud or town of Mt. Shasta.
If you truly want to get out into the wild, check out the Mt. Shasta hut tour. Take off from the top of Coyote Butte into the Grey Butte backcountry. Ski or ride to the Beyond the Boundaries Hut for a getaway evening and night. The hut has a sleeping building, a cooking hut, and an outhouse at about 7,000 feet elevation.
Bookings made via email include a lift ticket and snowcat transport for luggage ahead of your visit.