Hipcamp host William O.
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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

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     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's western aspect 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) which 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 archaic hunters who probably drove deer up the steep edges of the valleys where they were made easier 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 clouds move through the valley illuminate 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 to form ever-changing shadow images. This land is instantly perceived as a spiritual setting even by the most jaded of modern city denizens and an excellent space to perform whatever ceremony you have a mind to engage in, play your musical instrument, or just immerse yourself in the profound, spooky, silence.

        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 will understand why.  I recommend sitting on the top of the ridge to watch the sunset.  You can be kept warm by the absorbed heat of the rocks, then, walking down off the ridge, you can feel the temperature change as you wade into a river of cold air that flows down from the mountain, smelling like you put your nose in a honey jar when the sage flowers are in bloom.  Walking past manzanita skeletons illuminated by the moonlight, they appear to have been frozen in time by a cataclysmic burst of ancient celestial radiation.  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 silhouette the trees on the mountain's edge.  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.   

         This site exists as a natural agricultural asset in which your stay includes an opportunity to tour and appreciate how natural commodities can be sustainably acquired for commercial purposes.   I do natural forage-harvesting of the sage, the cedar fronds, and the amber exuded from the Ponderosa pines to create a unique incense which I commercially sell;  so, I ask that you do not remove it.  I have for years restrained myself from taking any of the dead trees for decorative purposes to keep the environs as pristine as possible; so, please don't disturb any of the flora, fauna or features. 

         It is my intention to someday construct a temple here where persons of any theological persuasion can meditate in the presence of a magnificent vista where the pervasive spirit of universal wonder can actually be appreciated and felt. Should the spirit of this place so move you, I would certainly appreciate any assistance towards that divine pursuit.

The following was submitted by a camper who observed that the site was being damaged by eco-insensitive guests. If this persists, I will be caused to close the site. "Leave no trace. Camping in a wilderness area is a very special opportunity. As you see branches and rocks lying wherer they have been for years, sometimes eons — leave them be so the next person may also see how they have aged and silvered with the weather and wind. When you take a step try to contact the ground, and do not step on plants, dead or alive. Your crushing them alters them. If you wish to eliminate your footprints, brush away traces with loose branches. Camp fires are not allowed here. This is highly flammable country. One mistake can destroy what has taken hundreds of years or more to develop. Poop in a plastic bag and carry it out. This is a living museum of Earth and Sky. It is a privilege to be here. Pack it in Pack it out. Tread lightly, and leave no trace, as you would when you enter and leave a natural cathedral. Well said by someone who sees.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Pets allowed
No campfires
No toilet
Max size unknown
No hookups
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send William a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Mt. Shasta Ceremonial Site in California.

Mountainous

From an aerial vantage point, the North slope of Mt. Shasta rises like a typical Mt. Fuji type volcano. The land rests approx...Read more

Driveway

There is a spacious parking space just off the road and a long driveway leading about 200 yards into the depth of the property ...Read more

Desert

The vibe at Mt. Shasta Ceremonial Site

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Hipcamper Clayton
Clayton H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 14th, 2017

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!

The road to campsite 2 and the ridge to hikeEnjoying the warm sunsetWe chose campsite 1 under the grove of pine treesMt. Shasta from the road near the propert
Hipcamper Pierre
Pierre A.
recommends this listing.
February 5th, 2018

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.

Can't get enough of it.Sea of clouds in the distanceBefore sunriseAt sunrise
Hipcamper Michael
Michael R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 6th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Randi
Randi T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 26th, 2017

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!!

Hipcamper Royce
Royce M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 21st, 2017

Be safe

Hipcamper Lindsey
Lindsey L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 23rd, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Laura
Laura B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Katya
Katya A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 20th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Robin
Robin P.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
May 10th, 2018

+ Amazing Location
- Poor guidance
- No amenities at all (wouldn't be an issue at a lower price though)

Mt. Shasta Ceremonial Site
Hipcamper William
Response from William, the Host, on June 22nd, 2018

Poor guidance? !!! I spent at least a half an hour on the phone talking to someone who it was obvious didn't or couldn't read the directions, literally had to guide him for a half an hour with the directions which he barely understood; and I had to repeat numerous times because English wasn't his first language. which I really didn't mind doing, but I deserved a "thank you" instead of a negative commentary. Ten people before him didn't have a problem with the maps and directions, but he nevertheless had to denigrate my one on one guidance in spite of the fact I was overly courteous and patient with someone who could get disoriented in a McDonald's restroom. No good deed goes unpunished. If you want public toilets, showers, plaster dinosaurs, and people with their blaring radios, yes, you can get camping cheaper, but for those who understand the true value of that unique ambiance, the money I bring in barely pays the costs of maintaining it. Thank You, Robin, but don't come back.

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Property
Mystical Mount Shasta
State
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$40/night
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