On April 1996, we traveled in Redding, California. We were hosted by a kind and very sympathetic family. It was our first travel in the state of California. During this stay, we discoverd Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam. We were amazed by the beauty of Northern California and its majestic forests, mountains, volcanoes, caves and lakes, when we visited the region around Redding.
Since this travel, we’ve considered California as the most beautiful state in the United States and a great land for adventure travel activities and discoveries. Comparated to Southern California, Redding and its region is less known to the public. But, it offers to adventurers a large vision of nature and mountain and possibilities to practize exciting outdoor activities. We recommend to discover this unknown part of California and observe its majestic nature.
City of Redding
We made a long flight from New York JFK Airport to San Francisco Airport. We took another plane from San Francisco Airport to finally Redding. We saw the Golden Gate Bridge from the plane. We were told the land becomes greener after the rains.
Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. It lies along the Sacramento River, 261 km north of Sacramento, and 190 km south of California’s northern border, shared with the state of Oregon. Interstate 5 bisects the entire city, from the south to north before it approaches Shasta Lake, which is located 24 km to the north.
Mount Shasta is the main attraction near Redding. Mount Shasta (“White Mountain”) is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 4321.8 m, it is the second-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the state. The mountain and surrounding area are part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest. When we saw the Mount Shasta, we were amazed by the sow on the summit.
Climbing Mount Shasta is a popular outdoor activity. There’s a great climbing season from late April to October. Mount Shasta is also a popular destination for skiing. Many of the climbing routes can be descended by experienced skiers, and there are numerous lower-angled areas around the base of the mountain.
The Shasta Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam across the Sacramento River in Northern California. At 183 m high, it is the eighth-tallest dam in the United States. Located at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, Shasta Dam creates Shasta Lake.
The Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River provides a considerable level of flood protection for Redding. The dam is capable of controlling flows up to 7,300 cubic meters per second.
When you see the Shasta Lake from the sky, you can also observe the Mount Shasta and Shasta Dam, all aligned. During free tour around the lake, we discovered also the Shasta Lake Caverns.
Houseboating, water-skiing, swimming and fishing are among the numerous activities available at the lake; hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, hunting and camping are popular in the mountainous vicinity surrounding it.