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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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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