Mount Shasta, California is a town nestled into the southern end of the Cascade Mountain Range. This town is one of Northern California’s fastest growing vacation destinations, and for good reason! Outdoor lovers, humans and dogs alike, flock to this town to enjoy the magnificent Mount Shasta. This potentially active volcano has the second highest peak in the cascade range. This town also has two veterinary clinics, making it a cinch to give your pup the healthy, active lifestyle he or she deserves!
Mount Shasta offers many ways to enjoy its beauty, and one of these is hiking with your best pal! A very popular trail is the Old Ski Bowl Trail. This steady uphill trail is approximately one mile along a volcanic rock gulch. On this trail, you can enjoy outstanding views all the way to Mount Shasta’s summit. There are no amenities here, so be sure to bring water for you and your pooch, and take out what you take in.
It’s not surprising if you want to stay a while in this pretty mountain town! After your adventures with your doggo, you can crash at the Best Western Plus Treehouse. This hotel welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee, and is conveniently located at the gateway to Mount Shasta.
With all these pet friendly activities and amenities, Mount Shasta is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
If you and Fido aren’t up to heading out into the mountain wilderness today, Mount Shasta has a few great urban parks sprinkled throughout town where you can take your pup. In the City Center of Mount Shasta, you can find the Mount Shasta City Park. This 26 acre park is home to the headwaters of the powerful Sacramento River. You and your pupper can enjoy the views at a bench, or wander down the scenic footpaths across pretty bridges and through willows. Connecting to the park is the Spring Hill Trail. This trail is about 1.7 miles through the forest with lovely views of Mount Shasta. Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the park and on the trails and long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
In the neighborhood of Siskiyou Lake highlands, you can find the beloved Siskiyou Lake. Around this lake there are many opportunities for adventures with your dog! This lake has its very own trail surrounding it. The Lake Siskiyou Trailhead can be found on W. A. Barr Road. One of the favorite features of this trail is the Wagon Creek Bridge. From this bridge you can enjoy great views of the lake with Mount Shasta as a backdrop. The rest of the trail meanders through peaceful woodlands and rolling meadows. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun of course, as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
The neighborhood of Mount Shasta West is nestled into the Cascade Range, with the towering Mount Eddy right nearby. This area has plenty of trails, campgrounds, and lakes for you and your adventurous doggo to take advantage of. The Mount Eddy Trailhead welcomes leashed dogs, and can be found along Forest Road 17. This trail is famous for its abundance of blooming wildflowers, and you and your dog will just love the sights and smells. It’s about 10 miles round trip if you’d like to reach Mount Eddy’s summit, but the views are worth it! You’ll even get to see the majestic Deadfall Lakes along the way. Don’t forget plenty of drinking water, and to follow the “leave no trace” principles!
It’s from the Howard neighborhood in Mount Shasta that you can gain access to many woofderful trails. The Gray Butte Trail begins at Panther Meadows, which is along the Everitt Memorial Highway. Be sure to stay on the trail, so as not to disturb the delicate nature in the meadows. This 3.4 mile trail will take you through red firs and mountain hemlocks, to the summit of Gray Butte. From here, you can enjoy sweeping vistas of Northern California, and the southern side of Mount Shasta. If you want to stay a while in this wild wonderland, head over to the Panther Meadows Campground. This walk-in campground has 15 dog friendly campsites, with tables, fire rings, and vault toilets.
Just a hop across the border into the neighboring town of Weed brings you to another puppy paradise. This small mountain town has managed to keep much of it’s early 1900’s charm while the tourist industry has thrived. If you and your pup would like to kick back here for a while, head over to the Friendly RV Park. This park has dog friendly campsites with mountain views, and even its own grassy pet areas. When it’s time for a bite, check out the Hi-Lo Cafe. This cafe offers all-day breakfast and other diner classics along with an old school vibe. You can dig into a burger next to your canine companion at one of the outdoor dog friendly tables.