No matter your hiking level, Mt. Shasta provides stunning panoramic views. You can hike for as little as 15 minutes or spend all day rambling as far as you please. It’s even possible to pitch a tent for the night. Of course, the higher you climb on the mountain, the more breathtaking the views. Depending on which trail you choose, you’ll meander by creeks, waterfalls, evergreen forests, volcanic rocks, caves or even glaciers. Make sure to research your trails carefully and be advised that trails marked “strenuous” are only suitable for those in good physical shape. To climb to the summit of Mt. Shasta and for longer backpacking trips, you’ll need a permit, which you can find online, in person at the Mt. Shasta or McCloud Rangers Stations, or at the trailheads. There’s no need for a reservation but the summer months can be very crowded.
As with any hike, make sure you bring plenty of water, a map and compass, appropriate clothing, lots of sunblock and enough food. Most of the trails begin from Everett Memorial Highway in Mt. Shasta.
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