There's actually quite a bit of snow in this one section of lower Avalanche Gulch. I would be surprised if it all melts out before the next snowfall.
I've been wondering about the trees. This was the worst section.
The mountain is so fragrant of coyote mint (pennyroyal) right now. It smells so refreshing and minty!
I love hiking to this area and seeing the variety of wildflowers. It's so colorful!
This summer so far has been excellent! Mostly cooler temperatures, no fires and a spectacular wildflower display. Here are a few different orchids in our area.
This is a nice cozy home for a bear. I've been seeing lots of bear prints and scat around. They are definitely out and about!
This was a very exciting find. It's called Round-leaf Sundew. It captures insects with sticky-tipped hairs and digests the insects nutrients, a process that takes 24-48 hours.
I decided to take a swim and it was so refreshing!
The weather has been perfect for hiking!
Check out my new 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun" for some great ideas!
The Everitt Memorial Highway up Mt. Shasta will have the gate open from Bunny Flat to the Old Ski Bowl on Monday August 12, 2019. I think this is the latest date in history. We had a snowpack 141% above normal and it's taken awhile for it to melt!
This is one of my favorite short hikes in the area. It has recently had major improvements to the lower section of the trail making it more accessible for hiking. It was a gorgeous day!
These flowers are part of the aster family. Bigelow’s sneezeweed is named after J.M. Bigelow, a plant collector on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey in the 1850s.
On the way to the Upper Lake offers spectacular views of Mt. Shasta!
Labrador Tea also known as Trapper's Tea was a valued beverage by European settlers and traders.
These Arabians can be seen from the Stewart Springs Road on the way up to the Caldwell Lakes trailhead.
The weather is feeling a lot like summer~Book a trip NOW!
This was one of those spontaneous trips to the Lava Beds National Monument. I needed two pictures for my 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing Book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun".
My history with Lava Beds National Monument started back in the early 1990's. I worked there as a YCC Crew leader and began giving bus tours after that. I still do bus tours and private tours to this area. Now is a great time to book a tour!
Petroglyph Point is very unique with its carvings and and legends of how this cliff was formed. Many birds live in here too!
This is the site where General Canby was murdered by Captain Jack, the leader of the Modocs during a peace offering on April 11, 1875.
This is the entrance into Valentine Cave, one of my favorites!
Valentine Cave with all it stalactites and interesting geologic features. Take a stroll through the cave and don't forget your flashlight!
My 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing of my book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun" will be available on the Fourth of July. It has new updates and 35 pages of added colored pictures!
I will have a booth at the 4th of July festivities in Mt. Shasta. my book "Mt. Shasta Guide to Fun", One-Of-A-Kind Photos of the Mt. Shasta area and my tour guide services will be available!
This is what Bunny Flat looks like for June 11, 2019. It happens every few years where we have snow this low through June into July.
Climbing season is in full swing. This is what it looks like on weekends now! For more information, check out shastaavalanche.org.
You never know what people what to do on a tour. Oksana is a clothes designer and wanted to pose on Mt. Shasta. I asked her if I can post this picture.
This lovely couple travels all over the world with a instagram following of over 64,000 followers. They are exploring the entire California State from New Zealand. Check out their site www.instagram.com/barekiwi and also their blog bare kiwi.com
The lakes and rivers are looking really good. All the snow equals lots of water! Now is a great to book a tour for the summer months!
We've been having crazy weather this week and it looks like into the weekend!
Memorial Weekend is always a mixed bag for weather. https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/96067:4:US
All the waterfalls in our area are flowing great with all the snow and rain we've been having. Now's a good time to go on a scenic waterfalls tour.
This guy likes to hangout at Lower McCloud Falls especially when people are fishing. Widespread and familiar (though often called "crane"), the largest heron in North America. Often seen standing silently along inland rivers or lakeshores, or flying high overhead, with slow wingbeats, its head hunched back onto its shoulders.
..Touring Castle Lake with Marisol and her mother Victoria from Southern California.
This group came from all different places including New Orleans, Georgia, Southern California and Australia. The snow and weather didn't stop them having fun! This picture was taken on Mt. Shasta at 6,950 ft.
A 45 minute drive north of Mt. Shasta is Greenhorn Park located in Yreka. The lupines are going off right now. Just walking through offers an incredible scent! The park also has walking paths and excellent birding opportunities!
It's official! Mt. Shasta Fun Guide Tours & Adventures. Book a tour now for the summer season.
We've been having spring like conditions for skiing, following a bit of rain in town for the wildflower blooms and yep...more snow coming this week!
We always get very interesting clouds before a storm arrives. It looks like more rain coming and snow at the higher elevations~
The Mt. Shasta snowpack around these areas are still in great condition.
The gate is open!
This is what it looks like at the end of the Bunny Flat Parking area where the gate is located. Yep...we have lots of snow!
Here's the kiosk. Luckily someone dug a path to the restrooms.
Heading up where the avalanche took place. It's pretty filled in from the recent storms. It makes for a nice skin up and ski down!
This is what we live for...freshies.
First off, a BIG Thank You to the county who has done an excellent job this season keeping the mountain road and Castle Lake Road in good driving conditions. For the past week Castle Lake Road has been closed due to lots of snow. It finally opened Friday afternoon at 3:30. Yep...we got first tracks!
A nice skin up to the top of Left Peak.
A view of Castle Spire, Castle Crags Wilderness
Gerald and Bluey ready for the descent!
Skiing to a lovely sunset!
The next day...
Loving the nice cornice build ups along the ridges.
President's Week has brought snow, rain and snow on and around Mt. Shasta!
This is a very large avalanche that occurred after a rain/snow event on the mountain. Fortunately, the gate was closed at the lower part of the mountain and nobody was up there.
Gerald Spini a native of Mt. Shasta. been climbing and skiing the mountain all his life. He holds three climbing records from the 1960's. At the age of 81, he still skis as much as possible with his dog Bluey.