Mount Shasta Facts

~Mount Shasta Article

Here’s How You Do It:

Our Mt. Shasta trip was a bit unique in that it was a stopover on the way to Los Angeles from Oregon. We were in the market for free camping and found it and it was incredible so this trip is written from that experience. There are a number of alternatives when visiting Shasta but this one is very On A Dime.

Flying in? Sacramento International Airport is the closest.

~Location: The city of Mount Shasta is near the California/Oregon border and off of Highway #5.

The place we camped for free is Gumboot Lake and offers beautiful dispersed campsites around a small lake suitable for non-motorized boats. Check this link for directions and information.

~Ranger Station: US Forest Service: Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, 204 West Alma, Mt. Shasta, Ca 96067 Phone # 530-926-4511

~Nearest Town and Amenities: Mount Shasta is a small town of about 3,600 with a variety of restaurants. At On A Dime we strive to support locally owned, however, we make an exception for the Black Bear Diner.

~Campgrounds: Gumboot Lake dispersed (FREE) camping was stellar. No running water (bring in and/or purify from the lake). Pit toilets. Stone fire rings.

Hike directly from the campground or drive up a little, park and start in on the Pacific Crest Trailhead

~Permits: None required. Check fire restrictions.

~Warnings: Secure food in your car. Watch for fire updates.

~Weather: Always check. Mt. Shasta weather.

~Suggestions: If you are visiting during the lavender season check the lavender farm, about 45 min. from the campground. It is very worth the drive and FREE. They reopen 2016.

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