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Exploring Mt Shasta California: The Ultimate 3-Day Road Trip!

Updated: Aug 8


Mt Shasta California Road Trip Itinerary

I recently took a summer road trip from Lake Tahoe to Mt Shasta, California. In this post, I'm sharing my three-day itinerary of the top things to do when visiting Mt. Shasta.


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Day 1

HWY 89 in mt shasta

The first stop on my Mt Shasta road trip was Burney Falls. Burney Falls is right off HWY 89 and about an hour south of Mt Shasta. It's one of the most jaw-dropping waterfalls in California and not to be missed when visiting the Shasta area. The hike to Burney Falls is super easy, just a short 0.3 miles from the parking lot.


Burney Falls in mt shasta

Burney Falls california

HWY 89 towards Mt Shasta

After taking in Burney Falls, we headed north on HWY 89 to Mccloud Falls. McCloud Falls is an hour's drive from Burney, so it is perfectly doable to visit both in one day.


Mccloud Falls has three waterfall tiers; Upper, Middle, and Lower Mcloud Falls. We decided to just visit Middle Mccloud Falls because it’s my favorite out of the three tiers. But, if it's your first time visiting Mccloud Falls, I recommend checking out all three waterfall tiers. For more on McCloud Falls check out this post: McCloud Falls: Visiting Northern California's Gorgeous Three-Tiered Waterfall.



We finished out the day, with dinner and drinks at Mt Shasta Brewing Co in Weed California.



 

Day 2

Mossbrae falls in mt shasta

After grabbing some breakfast in Mt Shasta, we headed to Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, California. Getting to this waterfall involves walking along train tracks for about a mile. Once you reach the bridge (don't cross the bridge), make a right towards the forest (you'll see a dirt trail that goes into the woods), and Mossbrae Falls is right there.

*Note: These are active train tracks, so do this hike at your own risk.


Honestly, I was nervous walking along the tracks. Not to mention it was scorching hot the day we went. But beautiful Mossbrae Falls made it all worth it. Also, there was a wooden swing hung right in front of the falls, making for an awesome photo op!


Swing at mossbrae falls

Later that evening, we went on a sunset hike to Heart Lake. The hike to Heart Lake is roughly 3-miles out and back. We did this hike in mid-July, and there were tons of wildflowers around the lake!


 Heart Lake framed by Mt Shasta
Heart Lake framed by Mt Shasta

Wildflowers in mt shasta
Wildflowers around Heart Lake

After taking in views of Heart Lake, we checked the numerous overlooks with gorgeous views of Castle Lake below and Mount Shasta in the distance.


Castle Lake in Mt Shasta
Castle Lake in Mt Shasta

 

Day 3

Middle McCloud Falls in Mt Shasta
Middle McCloud Falls

On our last in Mt Shasta, we decided to head back to Middle Mccloud falls for a day of swimming. I highly recommend jumping in the water and swimming right up to the falls. It's so fun and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day!


On this particular day, there were a few adventurous people cliff jumping from the top of the falls. I wasn’t feeling quite as courageous, but maybe next time.


After spending the afternoon swimming at Mccloud Falls, we grabbed lunch in Mt Shasta at Sparky’s Landing before ending the trip and heading back home.

 

I hope you enjoyed my Mt Shasta 3-day itinerary! Let me know what some of your favorite things to do in Mt Shasta are in the comments! Also, make sure to subscribe to the blog so that you don’t miss the latest blog posts, videos, and announcements!


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You Might Also Enjoy:


My Solo Road Trip Chasing Waterfalls in Northern Califonia and Oregon


McCloud Falls: Visiting Northern California's Gorgeous Three-Tiered Waterfall


Hiking to Rainbow Falls & Lower Falls in Mammoth Lakes California


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Gabriella Viola is a photographer and outdoor enthusiast currently living in Lake Tahoe, California. 

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