The amazing snow-capped Mount Shasta is one of the greatest highlights in the state. This mountain is also an inspiring spot, drawing those seeking a spiritual experience within nature. There are also a large number of climbing enthusiasts who head to the mountain's summit. With an elevation of 4,321.8 m, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. It is also one of the youngest of the Cascade's major volcanoes. The last eruption occurred in 1786, but the sulphur springs near the top of Mount Shasta give warning, which means it can reawaken in the future.
Mount Shasta also has lots of hiking trails suitable for hikers of every skill level. Gray Butte Trail is one of the most popular ones, taking hikers to a 2286 m elevation. It is a 6.4 km long path that takes almost two hours to complete. The trail offers unforgettable panoramic views. Most of the one-day hiking trails are accessible only during summer and early fall, from June until late October. The peak season to visit Mount Shasta is during June and July. This is the prime time to climb the Avalanche Gulch and the West Face. The North side Hotlum and Bolam Glaciers' climbs are perfect during August and September.