The hulking mass of Mount Shasta is one of Northern California’s most noticeable landmarks along the I-5 corridor, and at over 14,000 feet it is one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Mountains. There is far more here than meets the eye—probably, in part, because the mountain’s 85 cubic-mile mass blocks your view, and all the weather. Within 50 miles of Mount Shasta, a diversity of ecoregions offers a wide spectrum of beautiful day hikes ranging from rambles in the high desert in the volcano’s rain shadow to alpine ascents above tree line and musty trails in old-growth forest to climbs to granite spires and a descent into an underground lava tube. Among the perks of Shasta’s mass: its hikes, despite being at elevation, remain warm enough to keep clear of snow, making Shasta a fantastic destination for hikes from spring to fall. Take advantage!