It would be fabulous to climb Mount Shasta from the base to the summit but this little portion of the route that leads to the top is still pretty breathtaking. While I found it moderately challenging due to both elevation gain as well as the high altitude, it is nowhere near the long, grueling, strenuous haul the whole mountain hike must be. The trailhead has a gorgeous view of Mount Shasta as well as some pretty great views of Lassen Peak to the south. Although there is a network of paths strung around Bunny Flat, the official trail begins next to the restrooms, where a sign marks your beginning. The path climbs moderately and then reaches a junction where it makes a turn to the left and crosses a small gully. You will continue climbing up the rocky trail, passing the Sand Flat junction, and the trail makes a long, sustained climb all the way up to Horse Camp. The view of the cabin with Mount Shasta rising high above is beautiful. While many hikers stop at Horse Camp, there are several more destinations like Hidden Valley and Helen Lake that are fairly easy to get to as part of a day hike. Whether you decide to make Horse Camp your destination or decide to explore more and continue on, this is a beautiful hike. The 1,000 foot ascent to Horse Camp (at 8,000 feet elevation), will certainly test your fitness, particularly the upper half of the trail, which is a much steeper grade than the lower half.