The year of our Lord 2013 was the first year for Hike Mt Shasta and it proved to be a great start. Hopefully the site encouraged a lot of people to get out and explore the amazing landscapes of the greater Mount Shasta area. This part of California is blessed with tremendous diversity and incredible beauty. Rather than try to offer the best images of 2013 or list of highlights, I thought it would more interesting to focus on the wonderful variety throughout the year.
January: OK, this image is actually from New Year’s Eve in 2012, but I grandfathered it into 2013. I love the view of Mount Shasta from the Shasta Valley. Add a fantastic lenticular cloud and it can’t get much better.
March: The temperature in Pluto’s Cave is the same throughout the year, which is great during the freezing temperatures of winter. The high desert above the cave also makes for interesting winter hiking.
April: With warmer temperatures and the snow usually clear at the lower elevations, the Castle Crags offers fantastic spring hiking. The waterfalls are graced with strong flow and the views of icy Mount Shasta are fantastic.
June: Just across the Trinity Divide from Mount Shasta lie the Trinity Alps, the North State’s largest wilderness. It also happens to be one of the most spectacular mountain regions in the country. June is often the perfect time to explore the Trinties. The snow is melting, the creeks are full, and cascades abound on the rugged peaks and canyons.
July: It is often easy to take the stunning lakes of the Trinity Divide for granted. It is a shame many of these jewels get overlooked. For those who explore them, craggy cliffs and abundant wildflowers await.
December: The last month of 2013 started off with freezing temperatures and some snow, which always makes for beautiful conditions on Mount Shasta. The heavy winds stripped the mountain bare again and we are still waiting for more snow…
I hope everyone is able to get out more in 2014 and explore new trails and enjoy old favorites!