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Mt Shasta Mountain Obsidian Glass and Other Wonders

Updated on March 4, 2015
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Gary has lived in Las Vegas and Orange County, California as well as in Oregon. He has traveled and written about the West and London.

Shasta is a World Class Volcano.

Mt Shasta is a world class volcano that dominates the scenery in the northern Sacramento Valley. Mt Shasta attracts tourists, outdoorsmen, bird watchers, skiers and people who want to explore the back country near the mountain. That backcountry includes the Lava Beds National Monument and Glass Mountain. This fascinating area is also great for geologists and rock hounds. From beautiful vistas, to lava tubes, to wonderful lakes and streams, Mt Shasta has it all.

Mt Shasta, Jewel of Northern California

Mt Shasta Is Big, But Beautiful to Gaze Upon

Viewed from west of Interstate 5.
Viewed from west of Interstate 5.

Glass Mountain has Obsidian sitting all over the ground.

Glass Mountain is one of the most unusual volcanic footprints that I have ever seen.
Glass Mountain is one of the most unusual volcanic footprints that I have ever seen.

Lava Beds National Monument

This river of lava frozen in time is a must see when you visit the Mt Shasta area volcanic area.
This river of lava frozen in time is a must see when you visit the Mt Shasta area volcanic area.

I love going to Mt Shasta!

My trip review, in a nutshell

My many trips to the Mt Shasta area have always been rewarding. Lodging can be found in Mt Shasta City, Dunsmuir and Mcloud. I have found Glass Mountain to be the most fascinating place other than the views of MT Shasta. Glass Mountain has a mound of very large obsidian rocks sitting on the ground. One wonders where they came from!

Mt Shasta is 14,179 feet (4322m) revised from 14,162 feet, and Shastina is over 12,000 feet in elevation rising up with no other major mountains around. I like volcanoes and sawtooth mountains for their special beauty. Shasta is massive and beautiful and does not get as much press as Mt Rainier near Seattle, being isolated. But they are almost the same height and both are dominant. Shasta has more sunny days for viewing however. Shasta is the second highest cascade volcano by only a few hundred feet.

5 things you shouldn't miss!

1. Glass Mountain. 2. The view of Mt Shasta from McCloud. 3. Enjoy Shasta Lake 4. Explore the Lava Beds National Monument and the Lava Tubes. 5. Enjoy the Alpine Lakes such as Siskiyou and beautiful Castle Lake with great views of Shasta.


Lava Tubes

Lava poured into these tubes and retracted, leaving large caves.
Lava poured into these tubes and retracted, leaving large caves.

Lake Shasta, Recreation Paradise

Lake Shasta has unparalleled recreational opportunities and promotes itself as the houseboat capital of the world.
Lake Shasta has unparalleled recreational opportunities and promotes itself as the houseboat capital of the world.

Summer at Mt Shasta

Climbing Shasta

Mt Shasta Moonrise

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    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Jason, the most beautiful mountains, IMO, are the large volcanoes that stand alone and the sawtooth mountains with the sharp peaks.

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      Jason Matthews 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow, I really love the pictures! Breathtaking views. I didn't know that Mt. Shasta was so removed from other large mountains. I think it makes the summit look that much more spectacular...standing tall and alone! Thanks for sharing; this is a great hub!

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Sandy, it is one of my favorite places.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This is so beautiful.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Glad you enjoyed it. I too love the area. Mt Shasta is a spectacular presence.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 

      7 years ago from UK

      I love Mt. Shasta, and the lake, and the cave above. An ancient school bus will bring you to the cave, driving on a road with steep slopes, close to precipices... It is grandious. :) Thanks for this hub.

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      Gary Anderson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Ys, Aurora, it is a privilege to see it from different views.

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      crescentaurora1 

      8 years ago from Alameda, CA

      I love Mt. Shasta, so beautiful and pristine.

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      jewelsofawe 

      9 years ago from Oregon

      Great pictures.

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