Especially in height. Turns out the illustrious landmark of Siskiyou County is 14,179 feet above mean sea level, not 14,162 feet. Mount Shasta’s new elevation measurement comes from the National Geodetic Survey. Shasta’s relative ranking didn’t change–it’s still the fifth highest peak in California, with Mount Whitney the top dog at 14,505 feet. Mount Shasta is the second-highest of the Cascade peaks behind Washington’s Mount Rainier (14,410 feet).
Hikers enjoy a stunning view of the Old Ski Bowl and the summit of Mount Shasta from Gray Butte. Photo by Marc Soares from Hike 43 (Mount Shasta Summit) from our all-color book 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition.