SHASTA CASCADE

A mys­ti­cal moun­tain tow­ers

Travel Guide to California - - GOLF -

City & Town

For trav­el­ers, Red­ding was noth­ing more than a pit stop along In­ter­state 5 un­til the open­ing of the in­stantly iconic Sun­dial Bridge across the Sacra­mento River in 2004. On the lower flanks of its name­sake peak, Mount Shasta City sports a main street lined with New Age book­stores and shops sell­ing crys­tals said to have mys­ti­cal pow­ers. No less an au­thor­ity than James Hil­ton, au­thor of Lost Hori­zon, once claimed that the pretty alpine ham­let of Weaverville, gate­way to the Trin­ity Alps, was the clos­est he’s ever come to a real-life Shangri-la.

The Great Out­doors

Mount Shasta is ir­re­sistible to clim­bers; in the spring, sum­mit-seek­ers are strung out along its most pop­u­lar routes like ants on an anthill. To get to the top you need an ice axe, cram­pons and the skill to use them safely. But on Mount Lassen, its neigh­bor to the south, a well-graded trail runs all the way to the 10,457-footh­igh sum­mit. World-class fly fish­ing abounds in the Trin­ity Alps, and those will­ing to walk a short dis­tance with their rods are al­most guar­an­teed a spot to them­selves. On the Salmon River, be­tween the Trin­ity Alps and Mar­ble Moun­tains, Ot­ter Bar Lodge (ot­ter­bar.com) is one of the West’s premier white­wa­ter kayak­ing schools.

Her­itage & Cul­ture

The Shasta Tribe of Na­tive Amer­i­cans, a band of hun­ters and fish­er­men who lived in cedar-plank houses with base­ments, once oc­cu­pied much of what is now farnorth­ern Cal­i­for­nia and south­ern Ore­gon. Their pop­u­la­tion dropped rapidly as set­tlers seized land fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of gold in Yreka and Up­per Soda Springs in 1850. To the east, at what is now Lava Beds Na­tional Mon­u­ment, the Modoc tribe and the U.S. Army fought the

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