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 observ

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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 and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
No toilet
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
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  • 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

Activities

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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

Places to see near Mystical Mount Shasta

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Hipcamper Tyler

Nice spot with great views

Tyler A.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2021

This spot is fairly secluded with minimal traffic and noise. There are some other properties around this site, but they were pretty out of sight + mind for me. I spent a lot of time hiking up the rocky ridgeline that starts at the site (I think I was at site #3 at the end of the property). The view of Mt. Shasta is excellent, and watching the sun set in the other direction from the ridgeline was spectacular. Bring a packable table and chairs, because there is nothing at the site.

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Hipcamper JAYCEE
Jaycee W.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2021

This place is truly amazing. It is very scenic and gives you a straight view of the mountain to wake up and fall asleep to. This was my first time solo camping and I am happy that I chose this spot for the experience. When I first arrived I spoke with William over the phone to clarify that I was on the correct property. He was very direct while also super helpful and after speaking with him I could tell how much he cherishes this piece of land. If you decide to choose this place as your next camping destination, you won't regret it. Keep in mind that this is a no frills type of camping spot which means you bury your own waste, pack your trash, and there are no fire pits (don't build your own).

Hipcamper Jared
Jared K.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2021

This site was very pretty and had wonderful views of Mt. Shasta. I would highly suggest being careful as I did experience changing a flat tire (on a 4wd truck) in the cold rainy weather. The drive leading up to the site is rather bumpy and narrow and there are very few road markings, letting you know where to go.

William’s directions were thorough, however it would be warming to have some sort of confirmation that you have arrived on site. When calling William, it seemed the tone of our conversation had more frustration as I had called him. I would rather him welcome me to his site. Use caution when calling.

Hipcamper Sara

Squatters on land

Sara H.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 8th, 2021

I did not end up staying due to a bunch of squatters being on the land. I had to drive the next town over and find a motel due to it being a holiday weekend. There was an RV and people and cars and a dog on what was suppose to be a secluded area. I called the landowner and he was a bit condescending about it all and argued no one was there. The turn in could be more easily marked with a stripe of paint on the tree or something, and simpler, concise directions. I had to read the directions over and over and over again and I still passed the turn in multiple times which was frustrating.

Hipcamper Mikko
Mikko W.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2021

Starry sky and the view to Mt Shasta were amazing! The description was accurate, and the place was easy to find with the instructions (I searched and saved it on Google Maps beforehand). Conveniently close to the north side trails of Mt Shasta Wilderness.

Hipcamper Courtney

Majestic view! beautiful land!

Courtney L.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2021

The site was very beautiful, we stayed at campsite two in a tent for more privacy from the road although there were not many cars. We loved hiking around the area in the morning and if you want to trek your gear in, campsite 3 looked amazing! I would recomend some sort of shade structure at campsite two if you plan on being there during the heat of the day and earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Wonderful star gazing!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily H.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2021

This site was absolutely beautiful. Our tent had a stunning and clear view of Mt. Shasta and hiking up on the ridge in the sunset gave breathtaking views of the mountain and the surrounding valley. Words cannot express how beautiful it is up there! The site was quiet, clean, and peaceful. Other than a few dogs barking and the rare truck passing we didn’t hear or see anyone else during our one-night stay. (There was a small campfire ring made with rocks at our site- presumably from a previous camper and not the host’s doing- but we left it alone and maintained the no-fire rule as was listed at our time of booking.)

For those having a hard time following the directions, the camp site is at a left turn 0.1 mile from the T intersection (directions say 200 yards, which our odometer can’t measure). Other than that quick calculation, we had no trouble finding the site by using our odometer.

Hipcamper Jessica

Stunning.

Jessica P.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2021

Stunning view and flat spaces to camp. Can’t complain!

Hipcamper Amit
Amit P.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2021

Exactly as advertised. Was a very pleasant place to stay on our trip to mt shasta, would book again!

Property
Mystical Mount Shasta
State
California
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site