Fans of winter in northern California are blessed with an abundance of outdoor options, and Mount Shasta may be overlooked by those focused on winter destinations in Tahoe and the Sierra to the south or the temperate ocean coast. Don’t sleep on the second-tallest volcano in the Cascade chain, however. The mountain range’s most voluminous peak offers a diversity of terrain for the winter wanderer, its higher slopes accumulating snow for winter play while its high desert terrain remains snow-free for almost all of the year. The peak is a little more than four hours from downtown San Francisco on roads that are sure to be clear. Clear your schedule for a weekend and make way for this snow-capped beauty and the winter adventure it offers. Options abound! These five suggestions will get you going in the right direction.
Bonus round! Pluto’s Cave lies in the high desert, which means access to this mysterious cave is snow free most of the year. The McCloud River is also sometimes accessible in winter, opening up Middle Falls for winter explorations.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.
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