A sacred peak in northern California’s Cascade Mountains.

By Travel & Leisure
May 31, 2012
Credit: © venezia22

At 14,162-feet, Mount Shasta, which rises at the southern end of the Cascades, is the second highest volcano in the continental United States. Though you don’t need ropes to tackle this fourteener in summer, ice axes, crampons, and good preparation are a must. The summer season runs from late April through October; only the most experienced of climbers should attempt to scale its heights during off-season.

Shasta Alpine Lodge

The two-mile Horse Camp Trail (a nice hike in its own right) brings you to the Sierra Club Foundation’s Shasta Alpine Lodge, base camp for most climbers.

The Goat Tavern

Get the “possibly best burger in the world” (according to the menu), which comes with smoked cheddar, skinny onion rings, bacon, and barbecue sauce.

Woodsman Hotel & Lodge

The 42-room property is a cozy motel with a log-cabin theme, down duvets, and knotty-pine wood paneling.

Mount Shasta Ranger Station

Whether you’re hiking or summiting, stop at the U.S. Forest Service’s ranger station for a free wilderness permit and—if you’re doing for it—a $20 summit pass.