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Great golf, swimming, windsurfing and hiking that easy to reach from SF Bay Area and southern Oregon
The city of Mt. Shasta is a small watering hole with some good restaurants, quaint shops and access to the majestic Mt. Shasta and wonderful outdoor wilderness activities. The main reasons we visit Mt. Shasta are to:
Enjoy the ride up the mountain and the spectacular views it provides;
Golf at Mount Shasta Resort;
Swim and windsurf at Lake Siskiyou;
Visit pristine Castle Lake;
Ski at Mt. Shasta Ski Park;
Enjoy the beauty of the McCloud River
Climb to the Castle Crags
Cozy modern cabins and chalets provide year-round lodging for golfers, skiers and folks just wanting a comfortable weekend getaway. We visit the resort in the spring and fall when golf packages let you sleep and play 18 for less than the cost of a basic hotel in San Francisco. The cabins are spotless motel-like rooms with in room fridge and other amenities; the chalets are one or two bedroom units that have full kitchens with all the necessary equipment. We've organized trips with friends and arranged holiday get-togethers with our adult children in the chalets and spend anniversaries in a cabin.
The resort's restaurant has a creative menu with some of the best food you'll find in the Mt. Shasta area. Prices make it reasonable for a group meal but the quality of the food and wine selection make it a wonderful place for a romantic anniversary or honeymoon dinner.
The golf course is a treat. Designed to maximize challenge while taking advantage of the looming snow-covered volcano, the course will test your driving skills (both club and cart) as you climb up and down hills along a deep canyon of the Sacramento River. The 1st and 10th holes are long dog-legs that dip down to smooth greens, other holes dare you to drive across small ravines. Nature provides many of the hazards on this well-maintained course where you are occasionally joined by deer during your round. If you want to get in all 18, it is best to rent a cart
A great campground with small marina and a swimming area that is safe for toddlers. The dramatic snow-capped peaks of Mt. Shasta reflect on the tranquil waters of Lake Siskiyou. You can camp on its shores, rent canoes and paddle boats and swim in clear waters that warm in the summer making it a great place for kids or an ideal starting point for hikes up nearby mountain trails.
Lake Siskiyou is my favorite place to windsurf. The lake has a limit on the speed of motorized boats making it a comfortable place to sail most summer afternoons. The water is warm, winds are adequate but not intense so it is a good place to learn to sail and to develop your skills. As you skim across the water with Mount Shasta filling the horizon, you will find a spiritual tranquility few other places can provide.
On the southern slope of Mt. Shasta, the ski park has both downhill and cross-country ski areas. The gentle hills for beginners make it a great place to learn to ski but offer challenges for the more experienced skier. At the cross-country ski area, you'll find groomed trails that will challenge nordic skiers of all levels.
This is a great fly-fishing river with beautiful waterfalls and some exhilarating swimming holes. Throw together a picnic lunch and enjoy the many scenic wonders of the area. In the summer, be sure to bring swim clothes and enjoy the brisk clear waters of this river at the many perfect swimming holes. In the city of McCloud, you'll find a historic inn and other accommodations and a fun golf course
The dramatic carved crags are visible for miles but it is the climb to these sheer rocks and the view of Mt. Shasta and the Trinity Mountains that you 'll remember forever.
Experienced golfers will enjoy the courses. We've stayed at the resort and found the facilities comfortable but a fair drive from dining in Weed and Mt. Shasta City.
Nearby, you will find Lake Shastina. If you want to swim, go to Lake Siskiyou but if you want to windsurf on a short board, Lake Shastina will provide you with powerful afternoon winds throughout the summer. The views aren't as stunning as Lake Siskiyou but Shastina kicks the windsurfing up a lot of notches