Wildflower Update…Here’s the Latest!

With the July thundershowers we’ve been having lately, the wildflowers have been going off!

Slender Pestemon and Coyote Mint.

Slender Penstemon and Coyote Mint on Mt. Shasta

 There are many varieties of penstemon. The purple ones in this picture are the slender penstemon. Coyote Mint the white flower also known as Pennyroyal are very common on Mt. Shasta and are only found in California except for one subspecies that grows in Oregon. Coyote Mint puts out a very fragrant peppermint type of smell.

Panther Meadows

Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta

Panther Meadows is just starting to bloom with wildflowers after the snow melts in early July. This is a beautiful area to visit.

Please respect the meadows by staying on the trails.

Scarlet Gilia

Scarlet Gilia

This wildflower also known as Skyrocket is almost done. There are still a few places they can be seen on Mt. Shasta.

Cobwebby Paintbrush

Cobwebby Paintbrush

This interested wildflower can be found at 7,000ft and higher.

Mt. Eddy area~Klamath Mountain Range

Mt. Eddy area~Klamath Mountain Range

What’s happening on the other mountain range…daisies, orchids, Biglow’s Sneezeweed flowers and more!

Gerald enjoying the day!

Gerald enjoying the day!

My favorite hiking and skiing buddy~Gerald Spini

Explorer's Gentian

Explorer’s Gentian

 King Gentius, in the second century BC, ruled Illyria, a Balkan country located in what is now Yugoslavia.. The king believed that the roots of a certain flowering plant had medicinal value. He was wrong, but the plant has been associated with his name ever since, and so we have “Gentian” today.

American Bistort and Velvety Goldenrod (I think)

Temperatures in the Mt. Shasta area have been very comfortable. It’s gonna get hot this week~http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Mount+Shasta+CA+96067:4:US

Wanna go on a wildflower hike~

Give me a call at 530-926-3250

Have a great week!

Happy July…Wildflowers, Waters a Flowing, and Much More!

Here we are in July with nice and hot temperatures.

Bunny Flat, Mt. Shasta

Bunny Flat, Mt. Shasta July 1, 2015

The road is now open to the Old Ski Bowl.

Azaleas in full bloom.

Azaleas in full bloom.

The wildflowers at the lower elevations (5,000ft. and lower) are off the charts right now.

Wanna go on a wildflower hike~give me a call at 530-926-3250.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

and for my friends and family in Canada…Happy Canada Day!

Have a great and safe weekend everyone!

Mt. Shasta Conditions~Lower Klamath Basin and Lava Beds National Monument Trip!

What’s happening on Mt. Shasta?

On top of Broadway!

On top of Broadway~May 27, 2015

Still descent snow up on Upper Broadway!

It’s a good hike up to 8,400ft. or so before reaching snow.

Avalanche Gulch

Avalanche Gulch

Climbing conditions are excellent right now!

Skiing is good up high too!

Western Pasque

Western Pasque

Saw this on Green Butte Ridge at 8,000 ft. First one of the season!

This past week my friend Jude and I went over to the Lower Klamath Basin and Lava Beds National Monument. Check it out~

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Have a good one!

Mt. Shasta Fun and More…

It has been a busy week for me starting off with driving to San Francisco!

San Francisco!

San Francisco!

Yes…it was a marathon week driving to and from San Francisco in one day and twice in one week!

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Only in San Francisco…love it!

The advantages of getting stuck in S.F. traffic!

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

Back on the home front…These geese were honking away!

Did you know The “giant” Canada Goose, Branta canadensis maxima, bred from central Manitoba to Kentucky but was nearly driven extinct in the early 1900s. Programs to reestablish the subspecies to its original range were in many places so successful that the geese have become a nuisance in many urban and suburban areas.

Castle Crags Overlook, Castle Crags State Park

Castle Crags Overlook, Castle Crags State Park

Now is a great time to visit beautiful Castle Crags.

There are many trails and a short paved path to Castle Crags overlook. For more information, check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun.”

The Lady on the Mountain

The Lady on the Mountain

I love this view point of Mt. Shasta taken from the Castle Crags Lookout. See the Lady on the Mountain? Look at the next picture for a sketching of it.

The Lady on The Mountain

The Lady on The Mountain

Sunday’s Ski Adventure…

Mt. Shasta's East Side!

Mt. Shasta’s East Side~The Hotlum/Wintun!

The last day of last week Sunday was rewarding with a ski over on the east side of Mt. Shasta.

We were able to drive within a 1/2 mile or so to the Brewer Creek trail head. The walk up to snow was only 15 minutes up the drainage.

Rough Snow Surface

Rough Snow Surface

To our disappointment the snow surface was not smooth. As Gerald Spini says, “as rough as a cobb”. Lower down it was better but sticky.

Guess Who???

Guess Who???

Ski season is melting away. It’s time to start thinking about hiking!

Have a great week everyone!

Mt. Shasta’s North Side~Hotlum/Bolam

It’s that time of year to go climb and ski the north side of Mt. Shasta!

North Gate Trailhead

North Gate Trailhead

The road is completely clear of snow up to the trail head. A matter of fact we had to hike to around 8,000 ft. before reaching snow. For more information check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide to Fun”.

Gerald & Bluey...

Gerald & Bluey…

We boot packed it on the trail and started skinning on the snow around 8,000 ft.

Around the corner...

Around the corner…

Good Coverage right now!

Me & Bluey

Me & Bluey

Nice climbing and skinning conditions on a smooth surface.

Thanks Gerald for taking my picture!

Hotlum/Bolam Route

Hotlum/Bolam Route

Good conditions up high.

I talked with skiers who summited and had a great ski down!

The Ramp 12,000 ft.

The Ramp 12,000 ft.

Climbers on the ramp. Zooming in looks like nice ski tracks coming down too!

Skiers Shredding It!

Skiers Shredding It!

Have a great week!

Sun, Sun and More Sunshine this week!

We are getting a warmmmm up this week!

Bunny Flat 04-26-2015

Bunny Flat 04-26-2015

Snow is melting fast especially down at Bunny Flat. Skiing is still good above 8,000ft. and a bit challenging down lower with rocks and debris started to pop up.

Up the Gulch...

Up the Gulch…

Bluey leading the way!

Snow surface is still okay but for how long???

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Giddy, Giddy Good!

The goods are still good!

Lenticularly Windy Day!

Lenticularly Windy Day!

Another beautiful day on the mountain!

Check out the warm temps this week at 8,500 ft.~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VT4-ZfCgt9E

Have a great week!

Current Mt. Shasta Conditions~CORN!

It feels and looks more like June then April.

Bunny Flat

Bunny Flat 4-16-2015

High pressure moving in bringing very warm temperatures here in Mt. Shasta at 8,500 ft~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VTAkf_Cgt9E

What does this mean…

Excellent skiing and climbing conditions.

Excellent skiing and climbing conditions.

Snow surface is smooth and timing it just right equals the picture above!

Interested in a ski tour to excellent skiing~call me at 530-926-3250.

"Pouring It On"!

“Pouring It On”!

 “Pouring It On” as Gerald Spini says…Timing is everything to ski the “Corn” just right!

(It’s not always easy keeping up with Mr. Gerald Spini and especially Bluey)

What is “Corn”?

“Corn snow” is in the form of small pellets or grains produced by the alternate melting and freezing of a snow layer.

Shredding It!

Shredding It!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Spring Storm Brings 2 Feet of snow on Mt. Shasta!

Our major snowstorm has finally arrived this year with new snow on the mountain!

Upper Broadway, Mt. Shasta

Upper Broadway, Mt. Shasta

Skiers hitting it early morning!

Looking into Avalanche Gulch

Looking into Avalanche Gulch

Sun was peaking in and out with a few snow flurries.

Looks like the weather is going to warm up with possible showers over the weekend~http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VSWbyI6gt9E

With these temperatures, pay attention to the snow pack and possible avalanches. For current conditions~check out http://shastaavalanche.org/#null

Bunny Flat Parking Lot

Bunny Flat Parking Lot 4/8/2015

Lots of people enjoying the new snow.

Wanna go on a ski or snowshoe tour, give me a call at 530-926-3250.

Happy Trails or should I say Happy Tracks!

Happy Passover and Easter Everyone!

Avalanche Gulch 4-3-2015

Avalanche Gulch 4-2-2015

This past week has been nice corn conditions to firm and chattery ice!

Looks like April Showers are on the way~

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Shasta&state=CA&site=MFR&lat=41.3181&lon=-122.32#.VR6tiI6gt9E

Have a happy holiday weekend!

A Few New Inches of Snow On Mt. Shasta!

The past couple days have brought a nice covering of snow on Mt. Shasta.

Fresh snow...

Fresh snow…

It’s nice to see a little bit of winter again.

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Giddy, Giddy…

Looks like fresh powder will just be a dream by the weekend with the weather warming up!

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.38814294931545&lon=-122.21809387207031&site=mfr&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VRICWY6gt9E

Early Morning, Mt. Shasta

Early Morning, Mt. Shasta

This is a great time to explore Mt. Shasta area. Come up for a hike, driving tour or play on the snow on skis or snowshoes!

Give me a call at 530-926-3250 or email mtshastalady@gmail.com.

Have a great week!

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