I have chosen Mount Shasta area as my photo road trip subject over the past July 4th weekend. It was a very last minute trip. I was lucky to find a room at McCloud Hotel. I was in a queen room for the first night and a king room on the second night. Room size was spacious for either room type. Breakfast was cooked to order. I go out to shoot before sunrise. It is comforting to know I have hot breakfast waiting when I return to the hotel. I had a mushroom quiche and my husband had a stack of pancakes. Sage, the on-site restaurant, offered yummy dining choices. I had the pan-fried sole and my husband had the trout. All food was served hot and service attentive. The hotel ground is classy and comfortable. The garden is immaculate and is a popular site for weddings and events.
As with my photo adventure, I started out with the McCloud Falls. There is a trail connecting the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls. I opted to drive up to the parking lot of all 3. The paved outlooks made it wheelchair accessible. I decided to venture down the switch-back trail at the Middle Falls. The early morning tranquility made the falls that much more attractive in the lovely morning light. I spent about 90 minutes exploring the area and then retrieved back to McCloud Hotel for breakfast.
Next up in the itinerary was the Mcarther-Burney State Park. The thermometer on my car was measuring 98F by this time. Luckily, there was a general store in the park where I could get some ice cold drinks. Lugging my gear, I walked down the paved path to the Burney Falls. It was a busy time to visit. The temperature down at the bottom of the falls felt like it was 20F cooler. I spent about an hour walking in the area, watching kids playing and people fishing.
My husband and I decided we had burned off our breakfast and should grab lunch in Shasta city. We found Seven Suns cafe still open and ordered a 1/2-sandwich and soup combo. Small but neat. Seven Suns served light meals and caffeine fixes.
Onward we went.
We made a brief stop at the Hedgecreek Falls by the freeway entrance. The falls are believed to have sacred power. I found it relaxing to just sit and listen to the water. This falls allow visitors go underneath, hence, very popular with kids.
The heat was intense by late afternoon. It was not even close to sunset. My husband and I agreed on venturing out to Trout Lake. The journey was long and the last 4 miles was on unpaved road with slight washboard conditions toward the lake side. I did not come in a four wheel drive. Had I known I was doing this route I would have rented a higher clearance vehicle. Trout Lake was picturesque, with Mount Shasta as the backdrop. Locals came with their puppies. They frolicked in the lake and ran around chasing each other.
Time to drive back.
July 4th Shasta Run