Mountain Region of California Travel guide
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Mountain Regions of California

    Mount Shasta Region

Mt. Shasta is the last and most southerly of the Cascade Range of volcanoes and the only one mount shasta outside British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Mt. Shasta is in a section of the Pacific Ring of Fire ring called the Cascade Range, which begins where the Sierra Nevadas end and extends about 700 miles from northern California through Oregon and Washington into southern British Columbia. Mount Shasta is in Siskiyou County at the top of Upstate California; Siskiyou County is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a recreational paradise, topped with the crowning glory that is the Mt. Shasta. A volcanic mountain with eight glaciers, Mount Shasta is a towering peak of legend and lore. It stands alone, always snowcapped, not in the shadow of other mountains it is visible from 125 miles away. Although it's been dormant since 1786, eruptions cannot be ruled out, and indeed, hot sulfur springs bubble at the summit. It is an odd feeling to come out of your hotel on a glorious 80 degree California summer morning and see the glistening snowcap on the massive, white giant standing 14,162 feet (4,317 m) above sea level.

The Mount Shasta region offers pristine mountain lakes and rivers, majestic forests, and miles of backcountry to explore for outdoor enthusiasts. With exceptional skiing, snowboarding, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and mountaineering experiences make this area a must for all adventure holidaymakers.

    Sierra Nevada

In Spanish, sierra means "jagged range" and nevada means "snowed upon." The beautiful wilderness of the High Sierra is an outdoor enthusiast's delight. Home to the famous Yosemite National Park and the resorts of Lake Tahoe and the Mammoth Lakes, the region offers a wide range of recreational Sierra Nevada activities as well as some spectacular landscapes. The 400-mile-long and 60-mile-wide Sierra Nevada is a young mountain range, and it is still rising. The origins of the Sierra, the longest continuous mountain range in the United States, can be traced to the Pacific Ocean before California existed. For many people, the Sierra Nevada, California's Range of Light, is the most conspicuous, if not revered geographic feature in the Golden State. Stretching roughly from Lassen Volcanic National Park in the north to the Inyo and Sequoia national forests in the south and from the oak woodlands of its western foothills to its eastern juncture with the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada is one of the largest mountain ranges in the world.

Ever since the Spanish Franciscan missionary Pedro Font looked east from San Francisco and saw a great white range, the Sierra Nevada has been looked to for inspiration. For some, the range is best known for places like the incomparable Yosemite Valley, Mount Whitney, and the cobalt blue Lake Tahoe. For others, the Sierra Nevada evokes thoughts of a storied history, marked by events such as the Gold Rush and people like members of the Donner Party and Ishi-the last California Indian living in the wild.

Much of the Sierra Nevada-almost 13 million acres-is public land owned by the American people and is found within 10 national forests and Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, and Lassen Volcanic national parks.

The Sierra Nevada range is also home to a rapidly growing population. As a result, the economy of the Sierra is rapidly becoming robust, diverse, and far more resilient than in the past. Friendly communities, high quality of life, open space, and outdoor recreation are drawing new residents, new businesses, and new wealth to the Sierra.

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