Mount Shasta
California's Sacred Mountain
Bibliography, Links, Lore, Resources, Quotes, Notes
Myth and Legends, Spiritual Vortex, Sacred Mountain, Mystical Mountain, New Age and NeoPagan Lore


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Mount Shasta is a 14,179 foot (4,322 m) stratovolcano.  It is the second highest peak in the Casade Range, and the fifth highest peak in California.  It is a member of the Cascade Volcanic Arc.  It is located in Siskiyou County, California, in the United States of America.  It is considered to be one of the Sacred Mountains on Mother Earth. 


Geological Facts about Mt. Shasta

Mount Shasta is 14,179 feet (4,322 m) high.
It is a stratovolcano. 
It has an estimated volume of 108 cubic miles (450 km³), making it the most voluminous stratovolcano of the Cascade Range.
It is the second highest peak in the Casade Mountain Range, the highest being Mt. Ranier, Washington, 14,410 feet (4,392 m).
It is the fifth highest peak in California, the highest being Mt. Whitney 14,505 feet (4,421 m). 
It is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a range of volcanoes from Northern California to Southern Canada.
It is located in Siskiyou County, California, United States of America, North America, World.   
It has one of the largest base-to-summit rises of the world's mountains, from 10,000 to 11,000 feet above the surrounding area. 
It one of the great singular mountains, rising alone from the surrounding countryside, unconnected to other mountain peaks, like Mt. Fuji in Japan (12,388', 3,776m) a stratovolcano, and Mt. Kilmanjaro in Africa (19,340', 5,875m) a stratovolcano.
It has a sattelite cone, Shastina, 12,330 feet (3,758 m) to the west of the main peak.   
There are seven named glaciers on Shasta, with the four largest (Whitney, Bolam, Hotlum, and Wintun) radiating down the from high on the main summit cone to below 10,000 ft (3,000 m) primarily on the north and east sides.
Experts estimate that the last eruption on Mt. Shasta was in 1800 CE.   






Mt. Shasta
Bibliography, Links, Resources 


Ascension Secrets, Alchemy, Teachings and Techniques from the Acended Master Saint Germain 

Cloud Hands Blog by Mike Garofalo

The Complete Walker III: The Joys and Techniques of Hiking and Backpacking.  By Colin Fletcher.  Illustrations by Vanna Prince.  Third Edition, Revised, Enlarged and Updated.  New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1968, 1984.  Index, 668 pages.  ISBN: 0394519620.  VSCL.    

The Dayhiker's Handbook: An All-Terrain, All-Season Guide.   By John Long and Michael Hodgson.  Camden, Maine, Ragged Mountain Press, 1996.  Index, appencices, 216 pages.  ISBN: 0070291462.  An excellent guide to preparing for and enjoying long day walks in the desert, mountains, jungles, canyons and streams, in the forest and along the coast.  Practical tips and useful advice.  VSCL. 

Imagine, Ritual Spaces, Mt. Shasta 

Meditation Walks Around Mt. Shasta 

The Mt. Shasta Book: A Guide to Hiking, Climbing, Skiing and Exploring the Mountain and Surrounding Area  By Andy Selters and Michael Zanger.  3rd Edition.  Berkeley, California, Wilderness Press, 1989, 2006.  Index, resources, 175 pages.  ISBN: 089997404X.  VSCL. 

Mt. Shasta: California's Mystic Mountain.  By Emilie A. Frank.  Klamath River, CA, Living Gold Press, 1998, 2006.  Bibliography, 210 pages.  ISBN: 1888740086.  VSCL. 

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce

Mt. Shasta Fact Sheet, College of the Siskiyou's   Written by William Miesse.  4 pages.  2005

Mt. Shasta Fact Sheet with References,  College of the Siskiyou's.  Written by William Miesse.  34 pages. 

Mt. Shasta: History, Legend and Lore.  By Michael Zanger.  Berkeley, CA, Celestial Arts, 1992.  References, 120 pages.  ISBN: 0890876746.  VSCL. 


Walking Quotations 1       Walking Quotations 2       Walking Quotations 3      Walking Quotations 4      Walking Quotations 5  

Walking Quotations 6     Walking Meditation      Ways of Walking Website      Cloud Hands Blog


Mt. Shasta Magazine: New Age, Spirituality

Mt. Shasta Retreats 

Mt. Shasta on TierraWiki

Mt. Shasta, Wikipedia  

On Assignment with Adama: Mt. Shasta, Telos, Lemuria, and Sacred Earth Sites, Book I.  By Susan Isabelle. 
Author House, 2005.  296 pages.  ISBN: 1420842781. 

Photo Gallery for Mount Shasta

Places to Visit in the Mt. Shasta Area   The Sacred Center of Mt. Shasta. 

1 Spirit Directory  

Secrets from Mt. Shasta.   By Earlyne C. Chaney.  Astara, 1953.  77 pages.  ISBN: 0918936101. 

Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery  

Shasta Spirit Retreat

Shasta Vortex Adventures.   Tours, Retreats, Adventures.  Organized by Ashalyn. 

Soul Connections.  A Golden Age Emporium.

Spirit Walkers Retreat

Valley Spirit Center, Red Bluff, California 

VSCL =  Valley Spirit Center Library.  Home library of Mike and Karen Garofalo. 

Walking: Bibliography, Links, Quotations.  By Mike Garofalo. 

Walking Meditation.  By Mike Garofalo.

Ways of Walking

Wesak Celebration, Early May, Mt. Shasta  

Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places.  By Peter Nabokov.  New York, Viking, 2006.  Index, bibliography, 250 pages.  ISBN: 0670034320.  Includes discussion of California sacred places such as Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais near San Francisco Bay, Yosemite, and Mt. Shasta and Klamatha/Trinity Rivers (pp.264-300).  







Mt. Shasta and Mountains
Quotations: Facts, Lore, Poetry, Information, Legends 



"When I first caught sight of Mt. Shasta, over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, I was fifty miles away and afoot, alone and weary.  Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since."
-  John Muir, 1874 



"In the last few decades Mount Shasta has become known locally as one of the ‘Seven Sacred Mountains of the World,’ however there is no officially recognized world list of seven sacred mountains and regional lists of sacred mountains (of the Navaho people or of China, for example) do not include Shasta. Nonetheless Shasta as a sacred mountain does have a well established and widespread legacy. To generations of Native Americans the mountain was and is a highly important place of reverence and a place of balance between earth and universe. To early Californian explorers, climbers, and settlers it was a source of awe and inspiration. To travel writers of the late 1800’s it was “The Keystone of California Scenery” and “California’s Fuji-san.”  But it was in the early 20th century that three books firmly established Shasta’s reputation as a most unusual and sacred mountain. These three books, A Dweller on Two Planets, Lemuria, and Unveiled Mysteries,  gave Shasta a body of myth and legend that is perhaps unrivaled in all of North American mountain literature."
-  William Meisse, Mt. Shasta Fact Sheet, 2005



"Mount Shasta, a 14,179-foot (4,322 m)[1] stratovolcano, is the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth highest peak in California. It is a member in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and is located in Siskiyou County, and has an estimated volume of 108 cubic miles (450 km³), making it the most voluminous stratovolcano of the Cascades.[5] Physically unconnected to any nearby mountain, and rising abruptly from miles of level ground which encircle it, Mount Shasta stands some 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the surrounding area.
-  Mt. Shasta, Wikipedia 



Great Altar above the Sacramento Valley
White Pyramid below the Winter Moon
Grey-black Stratovolcano shimmering in the Summer Sun
Lonely as Olympus on the New Moon
Surrounded by the bowing Black Forests of NorCalifia
-  Mike Garofalo, Genus loci Giganticus



"And well this Golden State shall thrive, if like its own Mount Shasta, sovereign law shall lift itself in pure atmosphere - so high."  --  John Rollin Ridge, 1854  



"The Mount Shasta Region has been a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation since the late 1800's with its pristine glacial waters, natural mineral springs, pure mountain air and unsurpassed alpine scenery. Mount Shasta, at 14,612 feet elevation, is internationally recognized as a sacred energy vortex. It attracts thousands of people year-round for personal and group retreats and workshops, spiritual pilgrimages, vision quests, healing and such. The many indigenous Native Americans that once lived around the mountain have always considered Mount Shasta to be sacred ground, especially above tree line. Even today, they continue their sacred ceremonies there."
Shasta Vortex Adventures



"Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks.  But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun."
-  Ruth Westheimer



"Mount Shasta - a vision of immensity such as pertains to the vast universe rather than to our own planet."
-  James Dwight Dana, 1849 



"I first met Chang San-Feng above the forest, 
near the clear spring,
when gathering clouds darkened the day,
and Mt. Shasta was silent.

His long beard was black as emptiness,
ear lobes to his shoulders,
holding obsidian in his hand,
pointing to the sun,
eyes staring into infinity,
his long body clothed in silence.

We exchanged "hellos"
smiled and bowed,
a barbarian and an Immortal,
both panting from the climb,
ten-thousand echoes
between our rocky minds.

After billions upon billions of heartbeats past
(for he must have been 888 years old),
I was so bold
as to ask the ancient one
for the sacred mantra of yore.
He lifted his whisk,
and brushed my face,
I could not speak,
my lips were stone,
ideas stopped - 
I was alone."
-  Michael P. Garofalo, Meetings with Master Chang San-Feng 


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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves."
-  John Muir 



"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing."
-  Aldous Huxley



"Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall.
We must away ere the break of day.
Far over wood and mountain tall."
-  J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings



"In the evening, I walked alone down to the Lake by the side of Crow Park after sunset and saw the solemn coloring of night draw on, the last gleam of sunshine fading away on the hilltops, the seep serene of the asters, and the long shadows of the mountains thrown across them, till they nearly touched the hithermost shore.  At distance hear the murmur of many waterfalls not audible in the day-time.  Wished for the moon, but she was dark to me and silent, hid in her vacant interlunar cave."
-  Thomas Gray, Journal in the Lakes 



"From thought to thought, from mountain peak to mountain.
Love leads me on; for I can never still
My trouble on the world's well beaten ways."
-  Petrarch, Ode 17



"The silence of landscape conceals vast presence. Place is not simply location. A place is a profound individuality. With complete attention, landscape celebrates the liturgy of the seasons, giving itself unreservedly to the passion of the goddess. The shape of a landscape is an ancient and silent form of consciousness. Mountains are huge contemplatives. Rivers and streams offer voice; they are the tears of the earth's joy and despair. The earth is full of soul ….. Civilization has tamed place. Left to itself, the curvature of the landscape invites presence and the loyalty of stillness."
-   John O'Donohue, Anam Cara



"Once in a lifetime, perhaps, one escapes the actual confines of the flesh. Once in a lifetime, if one is lucky, one so merges with sunlight and air and running water that whole eons, the eons that mountains and deserts know, might pass in a single afternoon without discomfort."
-   Loren Eisley, The Immense Journey



“The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.”
-   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



"There’s all sorts of walking—from heading out across the desert in a straight line to a sinuous weaving through undergrowth. Descending rocky ridges and talus slopes is a specialty in itself. It is an irregular dancing—always shifting—step of walk on slabs and scree. The breath and eye are always following this uneven rhythm. It is never paced or clocklike, but flexing—little jumps—sidestep—going for the well-seen place to put a foot on a rock, hit flat, move on—zigzagging along and all deliberate. The alert eye looking ahead, picking the footholds to come, while never missing the step of the moment. The body-mind is so at one with this rough world that it makes these moves effortlessly once it has had a bit of practice. The mountain keeps up with the mountain …  The landscape can become both ritual and meditation."
-   Gary Snyder



"The tendency nowadays to wander in wilderness is delightful to see. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
-   John Muir, Our National Parks



"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
-   Edward Abbey



"When you walk in the mountains stands of cedar, among the wise old elder trees, anything you want to know you can find there."
-  Saying of the Lummi Tribe of Puget Sound














Mt. Shasta
Notes, Observations, Comments by Mike Garofalo 


Summer 2012

8/10/2012  Climbed from Bunny Flat to Horse Camp and day adventures 

Summer 2010-2011

Numerous trips to areas south of Mt. Shasta.  Numerous trips through the area on the way to and from Oregon.  Took numerous visitors up to the mountain. 

July 2009

Climbed Grey Butte and hiked on south side of Shasta.  Numerous trips through the area on the way to and from Oregon.  Extensive touring in area south of Mr. Shasta. 

Our Chrysler minivan broke down near McCloud, and we spent three days in Mt. Shasta City. 

August 2008

Two trips up to the McCloud River Falls area, Burney Falls, and south side of Shasta.  Numerous trips through the area on the way to and from Oregon.

June 29, 2007, Friday

Karen and I spent some time on The Mountain and in Mt. Shasta City today.  We enjoyed visiting the the spring at the Mt. Shasta City Park that is called the "headwaters of the Sacramento River."  Many children were using the park for a children's summer camp program.  A group of 10 adults were gathered in a circle in a far corner of the lawn of the park and were involved with a pagan ritual and shaking rattles.  The spring in this park gushes out of the side of The Mountain (Mt. Shasta) and into this densely forested park.  Hundreds of creeks and streams drain from the surrounding mountains down the canyons into the Sacramento River, flowing south to Sacramento, and then west into San Francisco Bay. 

We drove up above Panther Meadows to the end of Everett Highway.  We spent some time at the picnic area enjoying the views to the south.  Today, we enjoyed very comfortable temperatures in the mid 60's.  There was very little snow this year on Mt. Shasta. 

Numerous trips through the area on the way to and from Oregon.


Mike Garofalo, South Side of Mt. Shasta, 7,500 feet



Sacred Mountains of the World

Mt. Kailash in Tibet (21,778', 6,638m), sacred to Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Bon religions.

Mt. Shasta in California, USA, (14,179', 4,322m) sacred to Native Americans, Neo-Pagans, New Agers. 



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Images of Mt. Shasta   By F. Jackson. 












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