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Shasta Cascade Region Profile

California’s north-east corner is known for its mountains, forests, waterfalls and amazing, safe-to-visit volcanoes. The region, a three-hour drive north of Sacramento, gets its name from the rugged Cascade Mountains and their signature peak in the state, the 14,180-foot-tall Mount Shasta.


MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

  • Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is a majestic waterfall that drops 129-feet and flows at a rate of 100 million gallons every spring.
  • Oroville, a Gold Rush town and the county seat of Butte County, is home to gardens first planted in the mid-1800s.
  • The Tehama Trail connects nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards and ranches, perfect for a day of tasting olive oil and visiting fruit stands.
  • Lava Beds National Monument was a training ground for astronauts heading to the moon.

Counties

There are seven counties in the Shasta Cascade region of California:
  • Lassen County
  • Modoc County
  • Plumas County
  • Shasta County
  • Siskiyou County
  • Tehama County
  • Trinity County

Major cities

Redding, the county seat of Shasta County, is the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region with a population of over 90,000. The surrounding cities in this region are relatively small in comparison.
  • Dunsmuir
  • Mount Shasta
  • Redding
  • Shasta Lake
  • Yreka

Major attractions

The Shasta Cascade region is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with peaceful forests, trout-filled rivers, inviting trails and breath-taking natural scenery.

  • Lake Shasta: This expansive lake covering 30,000 acres is ideal for water sports, house-boating and family fun, and is also home to the Lake Shasta Caverns, a network of underground caves
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park: This Northern California park is the only place on earth where all four types of volcanoes can be seen and is popular for hiking, camping, fishing and sightseeing
  • Lava Beds National Monument: In Siskiyou and Modoc counties, this monument includes more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites
  • Mount Shasta: This magnificent volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County soars 14,179 feet high, and is covered in easy paths looping through wildflower-filled meadows and cool forests in the summer along with Mt Shasta Ski Park in the winter
  • Otter Bar Lodge: The family-owned company is a fully immersive white-water kayaking camp that offers a secluded cabin retreat away from civilisation deep in the Klamath National Forest
  • Sundial Bridge: In Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park, this 700-foot bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and serves as a functional work of art
  • Whiskeytown Lake: Home to 36 miles of shoreline, warm crystal-clear waters and the 220-foot drop of Whiskeytown Falls, this lake is located west of Redding and is perfect for outdoor family fun

Weather

The Shasta Cascade region of California has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In the winter, most counties in this region experience significant precipitation or snow.

DEC-FEB

16°C
High
2°C
Low

27°C
High
6°C 
Low

JUN-AUG

37°C
High
16°C 
Low

32°C
High
5°C
Low

California Welcome Centers

The Shasta Cascade region has one California Welcome Center:

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