Mount Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth highest in California with an elevation of 4,322 meters. This mountain is the 96th most prominent peak in the world. It is also the most voluminous of all the mountains in the Cascade Range with an estimated volume of 108 cubic miles.
It is located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, northern California, United States and 77 miles north of the City of Redding. Mount Shasta is a stratovolcano. There are seven named glaciers on this mountain and Whitney Glacier is the longest one.
Quick Facts: –
- The summit of Mount Cook is a complex one which consists of four overlapping volcanic cones.
- The last recorded eruption on this mountain occurred in 1786 and the area still remains tectonically active.
- The climbing season for the mountain starts in early May and lasts till October month.
- It usually takes two days to climb.
- The upper portions of the mountain, including 38,200 acres, are designated as the Mt. Shasta Wilderness Area.
- The first successful ascent was made by E.D. Pierce with a group of eight climbers on August 14, 1854.
- A Buddhist monastery was found on the mountain in 1971.
- This mountain has a 12,330 feet satellite volcanic cone known as Shastina.
- Mount Shasta is famous for the prominent lenticular clouds that form over its summit.