This is a great week to visit the Mount Shasta area. The town of Mount Shasta is well-known for putting on a great Fourth of July bash that brings thousands of visitors to the tiny mountain town. Here are the main events:
- several great bands and lots of booths downtown July 2 and 3
- Fourth of July morning walk–more music and lots of delicious food
- Fourth of July picnic at Mount Shasta City Park
- Fourth of July fireworks at the Mount Shasta Resort
Here’s a link to the main schedule. And here are the music events planned for the three-day shindig.
Lake Siskiyou is quite warm after all these hot days. I can attest to this personally. I spent two hours there yesterday swimming across the lake and walking the Lake Siskiyou Trail. And the high mountain lakes are warming up too.
Plus there’s lots of hiking on Mount Shasta and in the Trinity Divde Mountains. The Mount Shasta Ranger Station on Alma Street in Mount Shasta can fix you up, and of course, you can check out my 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions. Also have a look at the hikes on the Mount Shasta Trail Association website.
Your best hiking bets are all in the Trinity Divide Mountains to the west of the town of Mount Shasta. (Mount Shasta itself still has significant snow, though this is changing rapidly.)
Here’s some of my blog posts on local hikes:
Castle Lake in Autumn
Little Castle Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge
Hiking Trinity Divide Trails: Cliff Lake, Picayune Lake, Pacific Crest Trail
Squaw Valley Creek Trail/Cabin Creek Trail
Middle Deadfall Lake and Pacific Crest Trail
My partner and sweetheart Stephanie Hoffman at Middle Deadfall Lake. (Photo by John Soares)