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Mt. Shasta Wilderness


This photograph shows a camp on the flank of Mt. Shasta in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness Area.

Mt. Shasta's upper slopes are designated as the Mt. Shasta Wilderness. This snow capped, dormant volcano rises 14,179 feet, dominating the view in all directions.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center is an excellent source for current climbing conditions and avalanche advisories, or you can contact the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station @ (530) 926-4511.
Fees Standard Mt. Shasta Summit Pass: $25 per person above 10,000 feet on Mt. Shasta. Valid up to 3 days from the date of purchase. (A Shasta-Trinity Annual Pass can be substituted for this standard pass). People under 16 years of age are not required to purchase a Summit Pass. Mt. Shasta Annual Pass: $30 per year, is valid for the calendar year (to December 31st). For visitors who anticipate frequent visits, or plan on staying for several days, this pass provides an affordable and convenient alternative to purchasing multiple summit passes. Horse Camp: $5 per tent, per night. The Sierra Club Foundation's facilities are open to the public and include campsites, seasonal fresh water, emergency shelter, Leave No Trace information, and a composting toilet. Donations help Foundation staff to continue a more than 80 year-old tradition of stewardship and service on Mt. Shasta.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Mt. Shasta, McCloud
Operated By: USDA - Forest Service: Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, 204 West Alma, Mt. Shasta, Ca 96067, 530-926-4511
Information Center: Mt. Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma Street
Mt. Shasta, Ca  96067
(530) 926-4511

General Information

Directions: From the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, head east on Alma Street (towards the mountain). Cross the railroad tracks and turn right at the signal onto Mt. Shasta Blvd. Continue two blocks to the next signal at Lake Street and turn left. Stay on Lake Street. You will climb a hill and veer to the left. You are now on Everitt Memorial Highway. Stay on this road through the four way stop, past the school (on the right) and over the railroad tracks. You will leave town and begin driving up the mountain. In 12 miles, you will arrive at Bunny Flat Trailhead.


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

On Mt. Shasta the two most popular sites are Sand Flat and Bunny Flat. Bunny Flat has a toilet but no water. There are several user-created sites located on the south side of the highway. This is one of only a few specially designated dispersed sites that allow campfires with a valid campfire permit when restrictions are in effect. Bring extra water (5 gallons) to douse your fire. Sand Flat is located approximately a mile below Bunny Flat. Take either of two dirt access roads about a mile into the remote flat. This is a good location to get away from the traffic along the highway, but it is also very dusty during the dry season. Please drive slowly to help minimize dust affecting other visitors. This area is also good for larger groups, although you will need to provide for your own sanitation needs (rented toilets are a good idea for larger groups) and furnish garbage containers. Directions: From the town of Mt. Shasta, take Lake Street east toward the Mountain. The name will change to Everitt Memorial Highway. Drive approximately 12 miles and look for the Bunny Flat Trailhead and camping area on the right side of the road. To find Sand Flat, turn around and head downhill .7 mile to the upper access road for Sand Flat, or 1.5 miles to the lower access road.


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Winter Sports

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