Northern California

LauTrav are really making great time as they hike through the Northern part of California.  It’s amazing the amount of territory they have covered. I’m sharing some of the pictures that Travis uploaded for me last week so I’m assuming they are all in this region.  Any error is mine and not his.  =)   Here’s a little bit of information about the area they in, courtesy of site:

“North of Donner Summit (elev. 7,989′), old volcanic flows and sediments bury most of the ancient bedrock of the Sierra Nevada crest. Beyond the North Fork of the Feather River, the Sierra Nevada yields to the southern Cascade Range. Rich in nutrients, the volcanic soils here are at the optimal elevation to receive sufficient rainfall to produce lush forests. Other plants include lupine, paintbrush, larkspur, columbine, gooseberry and manzanita. Animals include raccoon, marten, mink, badger, fox, bobcat and the ever-present deer and black bear. In the fall, skies are often filled with migrating birds on their journey south along the Pacific Flyway. The PCT traverses Lassen Volcanic National Park and crosses Highway 89 midway through the southern Cascade Range. Nearby is Mount Lassen at elevation 10,457 feet.

North of the park, the PCT follows the extremely dry Hat Creek Rim toward majestic Mount Shasta, which dominates the skyline. The PCT turns west towards greener lands and drops to cross the Sacramento River (elev. 2,130′) at Interstate 5. It then enters Castle Crags State Park and the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The trail reaches 7,600 feet in the mountains connecting the inland Cascade Range with the coastal ranges, winding north through the Marble Mountain Wilderness before descending to the Klamath River (elev. 1,370′). It climbs again to the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains and traverses east, entering Oregon near this section’s end at Interstate 5 near Siskiyou Summit (elev. 4,310′).” (

Mt Shasta
Mount Shasta, CA – Travis Nichols

You can find a great deal of information about Mount Shasta on this site: and  The area is amazing.  Jeff and i have had the chance to go through the area in our travels to and from Sacramento when we lived in OR.  An excerpt from Wikiapedia:

“Mount Shasta is connected to nearby Shastina, and they dominate the northern California landscape. It rises abruptly and stands nearly 10,000 ft (3,000 m) above the surrounding terrain.[4] On a clear winter day, snowy Mount Shasta can be seen from the floor of the Central Valley 140 miles (230 km) to the south.[9][citation needed] The mountain has attracted the attention of poets,[10] authors,[11] and presidents.[12]

The mountain consists of four overlapping volcanic cones that have built a complex shape, including the main summit and the prominent satellite cone of 12,330 ft (3,760 m) Shastina, which has a visibly conical form. If Shastina were a separate mountain, it would rank as the fourth-highest peak of the Cascade Range (after Mount Rainier, Rainier’s Liberty Cap, and Mount Shasta itself).[4]”

Mount Shasta’s surface is relatively free of deep glacial erosion except, paradoxically, for its south side where Sargents Ridge[13] runs parallel to the U-shaped Avalanche Gulch. This is the largest glacial valley on the volcano, although it does not presently have a glacier in it. There are seven named glaciers on Mount Shasta, with the four largest (Whitney, Bolam, Hotlum, and Wintun) radiating down from high on the main summit cone to below 10,000 ft (3,000 m) primarily on the north and east sides.[4] The Whitney Glacier is the longest, and the Hotlum is the most voluminous glacier in the state of California. Three of the smaller named glaciers occupy cirques near and above 11,000 ft (3,400 m) on the south and southeast sides, including the Watkins, Konwakiton, and Mud Creek glaciers.[citation needed]”

Here are some pictures of their hike on August 2 (as best I can tell).

On the first picture there is a snake, either a rattlesnake or glossy snake.  We could not see the head or scales clear enough to determine which one.  Lauren’s face depicts her thoughts on seeing this.  Jeff concurs with Lauren on this matter.

California Sister – Travis Nichols

This beauty is a California Sister.  In research, you can find some amazing pictures of them.  ( underside is quite impressive:

Areas they passed through:

The pictures from Squaw Valley Creek are amazing:

The terrain is changing and challenging.  I’m going to be interested in hearing what they think of this section of hiking verse the Sierras.   Water is scarce in parts of the region.  They have 4 sections of Halfmile Maps to hike before they hit Oregon:





One thought on “Northern California

  1. Such great information about Shasta! We will have seen most aspects of the mountain in our walk around, glad to know More about the glaciers we are seeing!


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