Horse Camp

Mount Shasta, California

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This walk through the forested lower slopes of Mount Shasta is the first portion of the climb to the mountain’s summit, which stands at 14,162 feet. Shasta is volcanic in origin and rises like a near-perfect cone from the flat plains below. Historic Horse Camp, at 7,400 feet, is the usual staging point for the summit attempt and the turnaround point for this hike. The best time to wander in this area is in the fall, between summer heat and heavy snows. Terrain: Dirt path through sparse coniferous forest and along open rocky slopes.

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"This walk through the forested lower slopes of Mount Shasta is the first portion of the climb to the mountain’s summit, which stands at 14,162 feet. Shasta is volcanic in origin and rises like a near-perfect cone from the flat plains below. Historic Horse Camp, at 7,400 feet, is the usual staging point for the summit attempt and the turnaround point for this hike. The best time to wander in this area is in the fall, between summer heat and heavy snows. Terrain: Dirt path through sparse coniferous forest and along open rocky slopes."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Mount Shasta
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,017 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 8,000 feet
Local Contacts: Shasta National Forest, Mt. Shasta Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS McCloud; USFS A guide to the Mount Shasta Wilderness and Castle Crags Wilderness

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Jun 2018