Laden with so much snow, Mount Shasta by late winter looks as though it’s eternally clothed in white. The massive mountain seems to possess magic, gleaming invitingly on sunny days and looming ominously when clouds try to get in the way. Towering 10,000 feet above surrounding terrain to dominate Northern California, this crowning rampart of the Cascade Range draws folks from around the world. Native American Indians have long believed that Mount Shasta envelops special spiritual powers, and they felt its healing power through song, dance, and prayer. This classic and least difficult of all routes up the mountain offers two goals. If you’re fit, patient, and committed, claim the summit and boost your self-esteem forever. If you’re inspired to savor some harmonic convergence simply by trekking partway up these dramatic slopes, you can always say with a satisfied smile, “I once went climbing on Mount Shasta.”
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