The end of November has brought the goods! There's enough snow to ski and snowshoe on Mt. Shasta. Now is a great time to book a tour for the holidays!
Castle Lake has received a few inches of snow so far. The road is plowed. It's always a good idea to be prepared and carry a shovel and chains.
I love those early morning ski tours!
My saying is, "You never know until you go"!
Shasta's famous Lenticular Clouds. What are Lenticular Clouds? They are stationary clouds that form in the troposphere typically in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. They are often comparable in appearance to a lens or flying saucer.
The Old Ski Bowl is still very inviting. Don't forget this is the last week before the gate is closed at Bunny Flat. Then it's walking, bicycling and waiting for snow!
Black Butte is one of the best hikes for views of Mt. Shasta. Now is a good time to hike it. Check out my book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun" for details or hire me as your personal guide.
Colors are still peaking along the McCloud River and many other places in our area. Looks like weather may be coming with clouds and a little bit of rain. Get out and play before the real fun is here!
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!
This month is looking really good on weather and nice temperatures. The autumn colors are starting to change with pizzazz.
Snow is coming and let's hope for lots!
In the meantime fall is here and it's a beautiful time to visit our area.
Cooler temperatures and smoke free skies makes it a great time to visit the beautiful Mt. Shasta area.
Mt. Shasta is known for the unique cloud formations known as Lenticular Clouds. There's lot of mystery and intrigue about this clouds. Some say these clouds are known as fueling stations for the UFO's coming through.
I took a drive over to the Medicine Lake Highlands Volcanic Area. I really love this area. It's known as the largest shield volcano in California. Wanna learn more...come on a tour!
I took this picture back in 2015. One of my favorite spots located right in Mt. Shasta. Colors are just starting. It looks like October can be a great time to check it out!
IT'S STILL A BIT SMOKEY BUT SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER.
THE HIGHER YOU GO, THE CLEARER IT GETS!
My friend Steve Lewis and I took a hike on the north side of Mt. Shasta Saturday and found solitude, blue skies and fun conversation!
We hiked up the ridge of this drainage noticing a lot of erosion and avalanche activity that happened in the past. This area is not well traveled making this adventure that more exciting.
We hiked up to the top of this ridge for better views of the glacier.
This glacier is known as the Hotlum Glacier. Hotlum is known to be the largest glacier in volume on Mt. Shasta. This glacier and 3 other glaciers on Mt. Shasta were named by John Wesley Powell, famous for leading the first party down the Colorado River. He was appointed as the 2nd Geological Director and at this time named the glaciers on Mt. Shasta. These include the Hotlum meaning Steep Rock, Bolam meaning Great, Wintu after the Wintun Tribe and Konwakiton meaning Muddy.
Here's a close up on the lower icefalls on the Hotlum Glacier.
The White Bark Pine is a common tree on Mt. Shasta above tree line. It grows up to around 9,000 ft. The seeds from the cones are an important food resource for the Clarks Nutcracker. They collect thousands of seeds and bury them for future stashes.
WANNA LEARN MORE ABOUT MT. SHASTA...BOOK A SEPTEMBER TOUR!
The new word is "Smokey"~75% of California is now under smoke.
The best place to get out of the smoke...
It has been very smokey for a while how.
I find more blue skies up, up, up!
The wildflowers on Mt. Shasta are still happening!
Panther Springs is known to be on several sacred sites on Mt. Shasta. It has religious significance to the Wintu (Winnemun) Tribe and they continue to hold ceremonies there. For more information, check out my book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun".
The lupines and rabbitbrush are very colorful in the Bunny Flat Meadows. Wanna get out of as much smoke as possible, come up here to Mt. Shasta!
This is a great time to explore and enjoy the wildflowers. There are many varieties. Here are a few in bloom right now!
The Shasta Lily's latin name is known as Lilium washingtonianum. Lilium is the latin word for this genus, and washingtonianum is for Martha Washington. These grow all around the Mt. Shasta area.
Naked Mariposa Lily's latin name is Calochortus nudus. It is endemic to Northern California and grows along the Sisson-Callahan Trail.
Mt. Eddy Lupine it's latin name Lupinus lapidicola is a rare species of Lupine and endemic to California. It can be found in the Mt. Eddy area in the Klamath Mountain Range.
Hyacinth Brodiaea also known as it's latin name Trileleia huacinthina like to grow in meadows. I saw these along Sisson-Callahan Trail.
Beargrass known in latin as Xerophyllum tenax is a very interesting flower. Native peoples made the leaves into capes, baskets and hats. Lewis and Clark had Beargrass rain hats made for their crew. In spring, bears consume the softer, fleshy lease bases; hence the common name reference.
Great Blazing Star known in latin as Mentzelia laevicaulis has a very vivacious look to it. It grows down the street where I live. This flower is definitely a gem to see. Many people travel a long ways to see these wildflowers!
There are many wildflowers blooming including the Crimson Columbine, Tiger Lily, Arnicas, Shooting Stars and many more. .
Come a guided tour for the best viewing!
Everitt Memorial Highway now open to the Old Ski Bowl.
The mountain road is now open to the Old Ski Bowl. Lots of great hiking and exploring in this area. Come on Scenic Tours and learn more!
When I saw this Western Azalea Bush so pink, I thought of the 4th of July. This is the most pink I've ever seen and it stood out!
Come on a wildflower hike and learn about what is in bloom and the best places to view wildflowers.
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder, Anisoptera . Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body.
There's lots of wildlife out there especially with the warmer temperatures. Please drive slowly and be on the lookout.
MUSIC STREET FAIR
Everyone have a fun and safe 4th of July Week. I still have availability for tours. Give me a call 530-926-3250.
Fossil Rock Glacier Geological Area
Ash Creek Butte part of the Klamath National Forest occupies a 300 acre site and is the remains of an ancient rock glacier. It sits in a north facing glacier carved bowl or cirque. Surprise Lake is a surprise and on the way to the top!
Along the way...
Ed Stuhl, for almost 50 years was a caretaker, steward of the mountain and an artist. He painted many of the wildflowers on Mt. Shasta. The Steer's head was extra special to Ed since it was uncommon to find. We saw quite a few of these on our hike.
On the top...
The top of Ash Creek Butte is 8,378 ft. with incredible views all around. There's a geo cache stashed up there for you geocachers.
Heading back down..
It was a wonderful day of hiking with old friends and meeting new friends. Thank you Steve Lewis for the great hike!
The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens located in Dunsmuir's City Park was opened to the public in 1992. It offers a little bit for everyone. The Upper Sacramento River runs along side the park. The park offers world class fishing, photography, birding and picnicking.
The gardens offers native and woodland plants, wildflowers and a mixed evergreen forest of oak, pine, fir, cedar tree, and my favorite Japanese Maple.
There are many different varieties of ferns. This fern really caught my eye!
The Western Azaleas are in full bloom right now around 2,500 ft. These are growing along the river and in the gardens.
This is the fountain donated by Alexander Dunsmuir located at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens. I was happy to see that it has been filled with water and running. Next picture explains the history.
The Dunsmuir Family have three generations of interesting history starting with Robert Dunsmuir, originally from Scotland. He came to British Columbia, and became the strong willed coal baron, railway tycoon and the richest man in British Columbia. His younger son Alexander who worked in the states, traveled though Dunsmuir often and fell in love with the town. To learn more about Dunsmuir, order my book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun".