I suspect it would be difficult to find a more silent and beautiful site to spend a spiritual night yet have instant access to all-weather roads and be able to buy a pizza 10 minutes away. The sky is immense, pollution free, and extremely isolated from most noise. Traffic is rare. No one is around to distract you if your goal is to find a place of solitude to observe the heights of natural majesty. Watching the active volcano, Mount Shasta, change its moods, colors, clouds, and sky is an incredible visual adventure that will indelibly paint itself into your consciousness. This is a place to meditate, sing to the heavens, scream out loud, perform your own ceremonies, or discover the breadth of the universe as it interfaces with a primordial volcanic landscape that surrounds you as far as the eye can see.
The top of the ridge has been acknowledged by a local Native American shaman as an ancient ceremonial site because of the manner in which some of the rocks at the top of the ridge have been positioned and formed into circular structures (now collapsed) to once possibly have served as sweat lodges. There is also an ancient fire pit on the north west most area of the ridge. Artifacts found on the site are indicative of very ancient hunters who probably drove deer up the steep edges of the valleys where they were made easy prey, and a rare echo zone is found on the northern aspect of the ridge that I imagine was employed for singing by the early native Americans. When one stands on the highest point on the ridge, there is a sweeping view of the entire Shasta Valley to the north, spectacular sunsets to the West especially when thunder storms move through the valley illuminating them with golden light, the majestic snow covered peak of Mount Shasta to the South , and some very magical rock formations to the East that catch the light of the setting sun forming ever changing shadows. The land is instantly perceived as a spiritual setting even by the most jaded of modern city denizens.
When sitting on the top of the ridge near sunset, you can be kept warm by the absorbed heat of the rocks and as you walk off the ridge you can feel the temperature change of a river of cold air that flows down from the mountain that smells like you put your nose in a honey jar when the sage flowers are in bloom. There is very little light-pollution; so, one can watch the Milky Way pirouette over head from horizon to horizon especially during meteor showers or watch the moon rise silohuette the trees on the mountain's peak. It is sometimes difficult to perceive, but you are actually located a third of the way up from the long sloping base of the mountain. Mount Shasta is represented in most books on the subject as one of the earth's spiritual sites, by experiencing its energy you become a part of that metaphysical mystery and understand why.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 4 months out
The vibe at Mt. Shasta Ceremonial Site
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As other reviews have mentioned: This site does not have facilities. But for those that want to get away from such things this is a great spot to pitch the tent, or park your camper. The map is extremely helpful and shows where the property lines are. It is rather tough to turn around at the end of the road to campsite 2, so keep that in mind! Be prepared to be hiking cross country (no trails) but the land is beautiful and if you are looking for great views of Shasta and the valley, this is it. Campsite 1 is close to the road but as the map shows, there are other places! Bring everything you will need (Water, stove, tp, shovel, trashbag, etc) Have a great trip!
Camping on this sacred land was a fantastic experience. Get there before dark because it's hard to find. 4WD not required. I strongly recommend waking up before sunrise to watch the show. I would gladly go again.
Absolutely gorgeous location, but absolutely no facilities or water. We had a great time tramping around looking for the ceremonial spot (which we never found). If you're happy to camp wild, you couldn't find a better spot. But please keep it pristine, people! It's no fun to pack out one's used toilet paper, but if you choose to camp here this you must do.
Hi, we would definitely recommend this site. It is bare bones and that's what we enjoy sometimes. The stars are so bright and amazing and Mount Shasta so big and grand before you all the time is magnificent. This property is all natural. We have a car top tent and did not have to clear a space which made our seating area much easier to use. There will be, maybe a few cars driving by, even so you will feel the awesome expanse of this place. We did not park under the pines, it was to close to the dirt road, so there was no shade. But were heading out early the next morning so it did not matter, otherwise very hot this time of year. Very cool and interesting place, no real trails so prepare to bushwhack a bit if your up for it. We enjoyed it! William was very helpful and thank you for sharing!!
This spot is impeccable as long as you're willing and able to backcountry camp. There are no facilities, there is no water. We would recommend campsite 2. We spent two nights there watching the sunset over mount shasta as our pup roamed wild and free.
Beautiful space with a gorgeous view of Mount Shasta from the north. I arrived and easily found the campsite. I set up at campsite #2, which is away from the road and has a nice space to set up a tent surrounded by the desert bushes. I enjoyed breathtaking moonrises, sunrises, and sunsets from atop the property ridge, which overlooks a little valley to the west.
It's true that there are no facilities here; it's all pack in/pack out. About a 30 minute drive to the city of Mount Shasta and 45 minutes to the mountain.
This site is raw and beautiful. It was my first time solo camping and first time camping in such cold weather, but I loved it thoroughly. I drove in at sunset, camped in my car for the night, then woke up to a breathtaking sunrise. It is really special to wake up with almost no signs of the manmade world around you.
I explored the rocky mound, which afforded an incredible panoramic view of the valley. And took photos to my hearts content.
I'd recommend arriving during daylight for sure, since the dirt road is patchy and narrow. Definitely wake up for sunrise, and bring lots of layers! Everything was covered in ice when I went in November.
But all in all, a beautiful and impactful experience for me.