Growing up north of Mt Shasta, I spent much of my childhood becoming intimately familiar with her from that angle. I’ve lived south of Mt Shasta for the bulk of my adult life, gaining appreciation of her southern flanks. For those driving I-5, it’s the western slopes that are most often photographed.
This was my first opportunity to hike Mt Shasta’s eastern shoulders. On this fall day, we accessed the mountain via the Brewer Creek Trailhead.
(1) Study your driving map carefully, we found the directions from several sources confusing and inaccurate. If you are accessing the trail from Highway 89, plan on a one-hour drive from McCloud.
(2) Dogs are not allowed.
(3) A free wilderness permit, obtained at trailhead, is required to hike in the wilderness below 10,000 feet; a summit pass is required above that elevation.
(4) From the Brewer Creek Trailhead, except for the trail to the creek, there are no established or signed trails. I recommend gps, maps and compass. This is not a place you want to be lost!
(5) Respect the mountain, respect the weather. Be prepared for cold windy conditions and unpredictable storms.
(6) Don’t count on available water, it may either be frozen or it may be a dry season.
(7) See Jan’s Trail Links page for resources.