|Shasta from the vicinity of Dunsmuir from the south
Mt. Shasta has to be one of the most dramatic volcanic sights in the world. Rising to an elevation of 14,179 feet (4,322 m), it is the second highest volcano in the Cascades, and the most voluminous. It rises some 10,000 feet above its surroundings and can be seen from as much as a hundred miles away. It is the second most active Cascades volcano after Mt. St. Helens, with the most recent eruption in 1786.
|Shasta from Mt. Shasta City to the west
We need precipitation in California, and not just normal amounts. We've suffered through three years of intensive drought, and even a wet year will not dig us out of the water deficit that has been building. We've replaced some of the irrigation supplies by some serious overdrafting of our groundwater resources, and the reservoirs are, for all intents and purposes, empty.
|Shasta from the vicinity of Yreka to the north