Wild clouds form over Mount Shasta.
I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. Here in Mount Shasta, the weather was good so for my family it was a weekend of gardening, playing outside and finally getting our kids out on the trail in the high country. My wife and I took our three kids on the Pacific Crest Trail and had a windy afternoon picnic on Gumboot Point. It was a small outing, but we have bigger things planned in June, including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, the Wallowa Mountains and Hells Canyon. With my older kids starting to perceive more and my two nephews now attending the Naval and Air Force academies, we had some good opportunities to talk about what Memorial Day means.
The kids enjoy a rocky vista of Gumboot Lake, Mount Eddy and Mount Shasta.
While the weekend was largely cloudless, today was quite different. The clouds formed quickly this morning and continued to spiral, swirl and swell all day. A little after noon some nice lenticulars started to form around the mountain. They persisted through much of the afternoon, giving me cause to hope for an excellent sunset. While the lenticulars ultimately disappeared, the rest of the clouds remained interesting and I was still holding out for an interesting evening. It was not to be however, as large plumes of cloud developed in the west and ultimately blocked the light. There was to be minimal color on the mountain tonight. It remained beautiful, even if it was not what I had hoped for.
With the summer hiking season upon us, the opportunities for great hiking are nearly limitless. I hope everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of the spectacular trails in this area. I will see you out there!
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Stunning! FYI, I am setting the year for my PCT thru hike as 2020! I was out at Lake Somerville by myself the other weekend and realized I’ve just got to take the plunge. The timing will never be perfect. So I crafted a plan to save enough to cover the mortgage while I’m gone and 2020 should work out. It’s getting real!
That is awesome! There is no other trail like. The scenery is so diverse and the mountains are consistently spectacular. Here in Mount Shasta we live close to several access points, so if you want to use us as a layover point, please feel free. We have a large guest cabin too, so if you want to stay there for a day or if your wife wants to come out and join you for a few days during some zeros you are more than welcome to use it. Let me know how I can help!
Thanks so much! I will definitely keep you in mind. You’ve been very helpful to me over the years.
Hiking to Mt Shasta’s basecamp is a must if you’re in the area. It is stunning as you climb from the warm flats into the snowy steep of the mountain. This is a great day hike. There were lots of groups going up on overnights with camping equipment. The scenary is so diverse.