August in Mt. Shasta!

This is what’s been happening so far for the month of August…

Interesting sighting on Mt. Shasta~

Grouse at 8,000 ft.

Grouse at 8,000 ft.

I was hiking Green Butte Ridge on Mt. Shasta and saw this grouse. It’s not unusual to see a grouse on the mountain. I’ve just never seen one at this elevation.

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Relax at a lake!

There are so many lakes in our area to swim and hang out!

Black-tail Deer

Black-tail Deer

There have been a lot of these around lately even during the middle of the day.

Protect our wildlife~Please drive slowly!

Coyote Mint & Cobwebby Paintbrush

Old Ski Bowl, Mt. Shasta

Wildflowers are starting to go off on the mountain.

Coyote Mint and Cobwebby Paintbrush are in bloom.

Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta

Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta

It’s starting to look like nature’s fireworks!

Celebrating the New Mayan Year!

This week I’ve had the pleasure guiding the Kinich Ahau Organization from Mexico. This group gives logistic support of the Mayan Solar Tradition, a movement of consciousness that promotes the Mayan Wisdon as a way of personal and spiritual grow.

We’ll be celebrating the entrance of the New Mayan Year 12 Ahau, which means the reunión of the light masters of the planet.

Ascension Rock, Mt. Shasta

Ascension Rock, Mt. Shasta

Meditating amongst the Shasta Red Firs.

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta

Giving Blessings to the waters.

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Venerable Grandmother Nah Kin

Spiritual Leader of the Solar Mayan Tradition.

Mt. Shasta 8,000 ft

Mt. Shasta 8,000 ft

Heading up Mt. Shasta for a  meditation.

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A wonderful group!

This was a very peaceful and awaking experience for me.

Thank you for including me not just as a guide but as part of your group.

What’s happening on Mt. Shasta…

Bunny Flat, Mt. Shasta

Bunny Flat, Mt. Shasta

Great hiking on Mt. Shasta with the penstemon flowers are going off!

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Penny Royal also known as Coyote Mint

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ed Willis

I would like to dedicate this post to my good friend and ski partner Ed!

Eastern Sierra~Chicken Wing

Eastern Sierra~Chicken Wing

Many of the backcountry and mountaineering community have run into Ed one time or another somewhere…Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak, the Tetons, Mt. Rose and the list goes on!

This past week he passed away after a long battle with leukemia. He skied every chance he got and lived the life of a true backcountry skier. I always thought of Ed as the Energizer Bunny. He just kept going and going and going! Afterwards with celebration of beer, hot dog sausages and potato chips.

We spent a lot of time over at Lassen Volcanic National Park!

Roughing it and the summit parking lot of Lassen.

Roughing it and the summit parking lot of Lassen.

Carol and Ed getting ready for take off!

Carol and Ed getting ready for take off!

Ed waiting so patiently at the top of Lassen!

Ed waiting so patiently at the top of Lassen!

Shredding Lassen!

Shredding Lassen!

Ed Skinning the north side of Lassen.

Ed Skinning the north side of Lassen.

and my favorite…

Ed skiing the Hotlum/Wintun~Mt. Shasta.

Ed skiing the Hotlum/Wintun~Mt. Shasta.

Ed I will miss you~keep ripping those turns!

Happy 4th of July!!!

This is one of the busiest weekends of the year!

4th of July Fun Run!

4th of July Fun Run!

This year’s 4th of July falls on Monday.

The walk, run, parade, fireworks and fun attracts more than 5,000 people.

Golden Eagle getting ready for takeoff!

Golden Eagle getting ready for takeoff!

I took a drive this week to one of my favorite places and along the way I found some surprises!

So Patriotic!

So Patriotic!

Driving along the Gazelle~Callahan Road..

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

and the final destination…

Kangaroo Lake

Kangaroo Lake

This alpine setting lake is located in the Klamath Mountains.

Check out my book, “Mount Shasta Guide for Fun” for detail descriptions~2nd Edition will be available soon!

Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!

Summer is…right around the corner!

We’ve been having beautiful weather!

Taken from the top of Mt. Eddy.

Taken from the top of Mt. Eddy.

This is a great hike or just check out one of the lakes along the way!

Middle Deadfall Lake

Middle Deadfall Lake

Get out and enjoy nature!

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Mt. Shasta’s Magical Side!

The north side of Mt. Shasta is one of my favorite places to visit and ski!

Early Morning Sunrise

Early Morning Sunrise

This side of the mountain offers unique geology with it’s glaciers, crevasses and fun skiing!

Hotlum Glacier Route

Hotlum Glacier Route

This is a great climbing route on the mountain.

It is in great shape right now and will most likely hold throughout the summer months.

11,000 ft.

11,000 ft.

Snow is still smooth and delightful for skiing from 9,000 ft. and above.

From the trailhead, it is about a 45 minute boot up before reaching continuous snow.

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Heading to the magic!

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This week in Mt. Shasta~visit with family and conditions on the mountain!

This week has been full of fun with my cousins from S. California who came up for the first time to visit our beautiful area.

My Cousins

My Cousins at Lake Siskiyou.

We explored north, south, east and west of Mt. Shasta.

McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park

These waterfalls are very beautiful and unique. They are known to be some of the most spectacular falls in the world. The water comes from two sources. Burney Creek flowing from the top of the falls and the rock from the middle of the falls.

Blue Heron~Lower McCloud Falls

Blue Heron~Lower McCloud Falls

I’ve never seen a Blue Heron pose before.

This guy was hanging out with all the fisherman and getting the goods too!

Shasta Caverns

Shasta Caverns

I love going to the Shasta Cavern. It’s a 2 hour tour including a boat ride across the lake, a bus ride to the entrance of the cavern and a hour tour of the cavern itself. Very interesting formations including stalactites and stalagmites.

Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the lake at it’s fullest!

and here’s the current conditions on Mt. Shasta~

Climbing up the gulch.

Climbing up the gulch.

Memorial Weekend is known to be the busiest climbing weekend of the season. Conditions this weekend have been epic with cold temperatures at night and warming up perfectly during the day. Excellent climbing and skiing conditions right now up high. It’s starting to sun cup from 8,500 ft. and lower. With the very warm temperatures this next week, the snow pack will change quickly.

http://www.shastaavalanche.org/weather/forecasts/current-bunnyflat

Helen Lake~Memorial Weekend

Helen Lake~Memorial Weekend

Helen Lake is at 10,400 ft. almost halfway point to the summit and a well known base camp for climbers. Well over 60 tents here not including the rest of the mountain.

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How’s the snow on Mt. Shasta…

Great!

This has been an incredible snow year on Mt. Shasta.

Avalanche Gulch

Avalanche Gulch

We still have an solid snow pack and cooler temps on the way will keep it nice and smooth!

http://www.shastaavalanche.org/weather/forecasts/current-bunnyflat

Helen Lake 10,400 ft.

Helen Lake 10,400 ft. May 19, 2016

Thinking about that last ski trip before summer, give me a call or email to set up a trip!

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Have a great weekend!

Mt. Shasta & Bunny Flat Trailhead Conditions

This past week has been corn harvest on Mt. Shasta with cold nights and warm days making the skiing and snow play perrfffect.

Avalanche Gulch in its prime!

Avalanche Gulch in its prime!

This is what May should look like!

Bunny Flat 5/13/2016

Bunny Flat 5/13/2016

We still have a good amount of snow at Bunny Flat. It’s starting to baby sun cup.

The road beyond Bunny Flat

The road beyond Bunny Flat

It will still be awhile before this roads opens~July 1 is the opening date.

Snowmobile Access at Bunny Flat

Snowmobile Access at Bunny Flat

I’m not sure how good the snowmobiling is with the warm temperatures, but here is access from Bunny Flat and there’s still snow!

A sure sign of weather moving in.

A sure sign of weather moving in.

Looks like this Saturday 5/14 is some weather and then smooth sailing after with sunshine!

http://www.shastaavalanche.org/weather/forecasts/current-bunnyflat#

Along the southfork of the Upper Sacramento River.

Along the southfork of the Upper Sacramento River.

There are lots of fun things to do in our area. Especially now with the water running good, our snow pack, wild flowers at the lower elevations starting to pop up.

Check out the tours I offer in the area~

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Lassen Peak & Diller Canyon, Mt. Shasta Conditions

This past weekend has been fun with new exploration on the lower slopes of Mt. Shasta~Diller Canyon.

Early Morning~Heading up Diller Canyon.

Early Morning~Heading up Diller Canyon.

Sunday morning my friend Steve Lewis and myself headed up Diller Canyon located on the west side of Shastina. This area is a rarely visited gem on the lower slopes of Mt. Shasta.  Besides the very challenging drive in, it makes for a great spring ski and during the summer months one can find small waterfalls and wildflowers galore.

The base of Diller Canyon at 9,000 ft.

The base of Diller Canyon at 9,000 ft.

The North and South pinnacles of Diller Canyon.

The North and South pinnacles of Diller Canyon.

Enjoying the corn snow!

Enjoying the corn snow!

I’m usually the one behind the camera!

and on the south side~

Broadway & Avalanche Gulch, Mt. Shasta

Broadway & Avalanche Gulch, Mt. Shasta

Next stop~

Lassen Peak's North side~Devastated Area

Lassen Peak’s North side~Devastated Area

My other favorite peak to ski and visit is Lassen Peak.

The north side is now open to the Devastated Area and great skiing to be found!

Early morning~Lake Britton

Early morning~Lake Britton

I love the drive over to Lassen Volcanic National Park. This area is Lake Britton located at McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The train trestle you see in the picture was used in the movie, “Stand By Me”.

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Early Morning Sunrise

Early Morning Sunrise

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