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Shasta Cascade Region Profile

California’s northeast corner is known for mountains, forests, waterfalls and amazing, safe-to-visit volcanoes. The region, a three-hour drive north of Sacramento, gets its name from the rugged Cascade Mountains and their signature peak in state, 14,180-foot-tall Mount Shasta.


MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

  • Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is an majestic waterfall that drops 129-feet and flows at a rate of 100 million gallons every spring.
  • Oroville, a Gold Rush town and the county seat of Butte County, is home to gardens first planted in the mid-1800s.
 
  • The Tehama Trail connects nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards and ranches, perfect for a day of tasting olive oil and visiting fruit stands.
  • Lava Beds National Monument was a training ground for astronauts heading to the moon.
 

Counties, Major Cities and Attractions

 

Counties

There are seven counties in the Shasta Cascade region of California:
  • Lassen County
  • Modoc County
  • Plumas County
  • Shasta County
 
  • Siskiyou County
  • Tehama County
  • Trinity County
 

Major Cities

Redding, the county seat of Shasta County, is the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region with a population over 90,000. The surrounding cities in this region are relatively small in comparison.
  • Dunsmuir
  • Mount Shasta
  • Redding
  • Shasta Lake
  • Yreka
 

Major Attractions

The Shasta Cascade region is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with hushed forests, trout-filled rivers, inviting trails and breathtaking natural scenery. 

  • Lake Shasta: This expansive lake covering 30,000 acres is ideal for water sports, houseboating and family fun and is also home to the Lake Shasta Caverns, a network of underground caves
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park: This Northern California park is the only place on earth where all four types of volcanoes can be seen, popular for hiking, camping, fishing and sightseeing
  • Lava Beds National Monument: In Siskiyou and Modoc counties, this monument includes more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites
  • Mount Shasta: This magnificent volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County soars 14,179 feet high, covered in easy paths looping through wildflower-filled meadows and cool forests in the summer along with Mt. Shasta Ski Park in the winter
  • Otter Bar Lodge: The family-owned company is a fully immersive whitewater kayaking camp that offers a secluded cabin retreat away from civilization deep in the Klamath National Forest 
  • Sundial Bridge: In Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park, this 700-foot bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and serves as a functional work of art 
  • Whiskeytown Lake: Home to 36 miles of shoreline, warm crystal-clear waters and the 220-foot drop of Whiskeytown Falls, this lake is located west of Redding and is perfect for outdoor family fun 
 

Weather

The Shasta Cascade region of California has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In the winter, most counties in this region experience significant precipitation or snow.

Dec-Feb

60°F/16°C 
High
36°F/2°C
Low

MAR-MAY

80°F/27°C
High
43°F/6°C
Low

JUN-AUG

98°F/37°C
High
61°F/16°C
Low

SEP-NOV

90°F/32°C
High
41°F/5°
Low

California Welcome Centers

The Shasta Cascade region has one California Welcome Center:

 

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