9. Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta is visible from a large part of northern California, due to its height and the low elevation of the surrounding
area. One of the best views are from Castle Crags State Park, six miles south of the city of Dunsmuir. There are a couple of
nice trails, offering very pleasant views of Mount Shasta. If your not in the mood of hiking, just driving north on Interstate
5 to Weed and then north on US 97 offers beauiful views of the mountain, where it rises almost alone. And while in the vicinity,
you can visit the mighty Shasta Dam, the second largets dam in the US (in mass). Exit I-5 at Shasta Dam Blvd for a three-mile
scenic drive through the city of Shasta Lake to a overlook with Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam.
10. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is defintively one of the highlights in northern California, and anyone interested in geology or simply
stunningly beautiful nature, which sometimes resembles other planets more then mother nature, should defitively visit the park.
However, due to the high elevation, large parts of the park is covered in snow well into the summer. Personally, I prefer the fall,
as the park have really nice colours at that time. Popular activities are hiking to the Bumpass Hell (3 miles), which has the largest
thermal activities. And it´s quite possible to hike the Lassen Peak itself, altough the 5 miles are very strenious.
Lassen Peak behind Painted Dunes
Personally, I prefer discovering Manzanita Lake (se picture top of page), and above all; the area around Cinder Cone in the northern
part of the park (you can either hike from the center of the park or drive around the park and take the gravel road to Butte Lake. A
near religious experience is to hike from the Butte Lake parking lot around an hour and and half before sunrise, and hike the 3 miles
in complete darkness (well with a flashlight), and watch the sun rise over Cinder Cone and the Painted Dunes. You won´t be the same
after that experience!
View from top of Cinder Cone
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