Konwakiton Glacier Mudflow on Mt. Shasta!

This weekend we’ve had some interested activity on Mt. Shasta. With the warm temperatures we had on Saturday and the drought conditons, the lower part of the Konwakiton Glacier blew out and created this mudflow.

The end of the road...

The end of the road…

It’s a pretty muddy mess. This is along Forest Service Rd 31. This is the location were the Mud Creek Diversion Structure is located.

Mud Creek Dam

Mud Creek Dam

This dam was built back in the twenties to divert the water. It’s gushing!

Mud Creek Culvert

Mud Creek Culvert

It’s filled with glacier silt, debris and large rocks.

Crossing the flow!

Crossing the flow!

We decided to cross the mudflow and let me just say, “it’s muddy”!

Konwakiton Glacier

Konwakiton Glacier

And this is where it all started…the Konwakiton Glacier. Konwakiton means Muddy. Very appropriate.

My friend Steve Lewis went up on Saturday afternoon when it started and got some video~


Lower Part of Konwakiton

Lower Part of Konwakiton

Photo by Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis went up on the mountain to see what really happened.
With all the rumors and news media suggesting a glacier broke off of Mt. Shasta, I just could not accept that. It would be cool to photograph but I knew it had to be a “Glacial Dam” blowout and I knew the exact location it had to be so today, I climbed to appx 12,500ft to the head of Upper Mud Creek Canyon and sure enough it was a blowout in the channel below Konwakiton and Mud Creek Glaciers. Like a detective at a crime scene, it was clearly obvious and so I can assure everyone there was NOT a broke off piece of glacier, not even an ice chip had broken. There is some old glacial ice in the channel but not connected to any glacier. The media went wild, oh my! I have many new photos on my personal FB page for those that have an interest…Thanks Steve!
Bluey loving it!

Bluey loving it!

Looks like we will be getting cooler temperatures with a chance of rain~


Have a great week!

Cool & Crisp Fall Weather~Trip to Burney Falls!

October is one of my favorite months with the beautiful fall colors, Indian Summer temperatures to a tease of early snow fall.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

This week a couple friends and I took a drive over to the Burney Falls area located in the northeast part of California. This area is filled with interested history, geology, lots of fun recreation and movie trivia!

Train Tressal

“Stand By Me” Bridge

This bridge originally known as the “Lake Britton Bridge” was used in the famous scene from the movie “Stand By Me”. It is no longer used and all the tracks have been removed. It’s a bit scary to walk on. Take Caution!

Lake Britton

Lake Britton

This lake was formed by a dam in 1955 and manage by PG&E for hydroelectric energy and for recreation. It covers roughly seven miles of the Pit River’s Channel and can be accessed through McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.


Burney Falls

Burney Falls

Theodore Roosevelt called these falls, ” The Eighth Wonder of the World” with all it’s natural beauty. The falls are 129 ft. tall and flows at a 100 million gallons a day.

Above Burney Falls

Above Burney Falls, Burney Creek

Burney Falls are fed from two sources-Burney Creek and underground springs.

Fly fishermen fish for rainbow, brook and brown trout on Burney Creek. The creek is rich with the larvae of stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies, adding to its appeal for anglers who fish with barbless hooks.

Lower Burney Falls

Lower Burney Falls

The water emerging from the springs.

Who was Burney? Samuel Burney was a drifter from North Carolina who came to this area in 1859. Burney was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was working as caretaker when he was murdered by an angry band of Indians. Unbeknownst to him, his employer had treated many native women poorly, and their kin found a scapegoat for their vengeance.

Burney Pool

Burney Pool

At the foot of the falls is a deep, cold pool, a place of spiritual renewal for Native Americans from time immemorial. Descendants of the Ilmawi tribe continue to gather at the site to perform rituals in the spray of the falls. State Parks officials discourage but do not ban swimming in the pool, which is 22 feet deep and never warmer than 48 degrees.


On the way home…

Fall also brings incredible cloud formations.

Looks like nice cool weather throughout the week into the weekend. This is a great time to travel with the fall colors and no crowds. Looking for a guided tour or ideas on what to do…
Call me at 530-926-3250.

Happy President’s Day Week!

President’s Day is on third Monday in February and was established by Congress in 1880s. It honors George Washington, the first president of the United States and Abraham Lincoln. It also honors the legacies of the U.S. Presidents.

George Washington, Mt. Rushmore

My first park ranger job was at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota in 1989. I volunteered through a program Student Conservation Association (SCA). It was the beginnings…

Yep...me in action!

Mt. Rushmore’s history is very interesting~

Seeking to attract tourism to the area in the early twenties, Doane Robinson, who was the South Dakota’s State Historian, came up with the idea to sculpt historic heroes of the west in the natural granite pillars.

Up Close and Personal

 Gutzon Borglum, the sculpture artist hired for the project came up with the idea of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to be the carved as that would attract more national interest. He later added Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt to the list in recognition of their contributions to the birth of democracy and the growth of the United States.

On George Washington's Head!!!

Back in the 1950’s, visitors were allowed to go up to the top of the monument. Due to safely and vandalism concerns, it only lasted for a short time. Fortunately, the crew I worked with had the opportunity to hike to the top.

Oh yeah…and what’s happening here in Mt. Shasta~

President's Week SNOW!

This last storm we got powder~7-10+ inches!

 Come on up and enjoy the Mt. Shasta  Backcountry!

Looks like wintery weather this week into the weekend on Mt. Shasta.


 President’s Week Specials this week and weekend on backcountry ski and snowshoe tours.

Give me a call for more information~530-926-3250