“When I first caught sight of (Mount 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
When you join us in flight (or lessons) you will be seeing some of the most gorgeous country this planet has to offer. Better yet, you would see it from a birds eye view. No limitations to your viewing pleasures. It is a sensory hug that can make you forget the rigor of everyday life.
Beautiful Mt. Shasta territory, formally known as Shasta Valley, is considered one of California’s majestic locations. A stunning stratovolcano as the areas reminder of how big this world is with the fifth highest peak in California, second highest peak in the Cascade Range and the 61st highest in North America. The Úytaahkoo or “White Mountain” properly named by the native Karuk tribe is standing unconnected to any nearby mountains and peaks out at 14,179 feet (4,322 meters) above sea level. Mount Shasta is considered as California’s most significant and beloved landmarks. This Mountain is like a magnet for fun seeking people who demand adventure. The communities are foundations that started by tough logging industries that have developed into tourist destinations.
People from around the world visit the area because it provides the environment that dreams are made of. Ranging from nature sport enthusiast to researchers all find some excitement creating the best memories for the adventurer. From the peak of Mt. Shasta down to the valleys and canyons surrounding one of the largest mountain bases in the world it offers just about everything. One could find amazing river activities, mountaineering, trails, camping, paragliding, snow sports, spiritual enlightenment, health alternatives and genuine people just to name a smidgeon.
The scenery is a 360° incredible view of the Siskiyous and Cascadian mountain ranges. People make it point to always return to this neck of the woods simply because they can not get enough of what is here. It is enough to last a lifetime of adventures enjoying features like the Castle Crags, The Eddies, Black Butte, Whaleback Mt., Herd Peak, hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers.
Whaleback Mt. is the Mecca of Shasta Valley paragliding. Located in the N. East shadow of Mount Shasta it summits at 8,528 ft (2,599 m). Flight enthusiasts love this mountain because of the well kept camping facilities and easy roads and access to the launch and landing sights. Cross country pilots from all over the world visit this location because of the great potential for long distance flights. Flying clubs from all over use this mountain as one of their key locations for paragliding compititions let alone the just-for-fun fly ins that happen occasionally.
Herd Peak is famous for being a fire lookout at 6,908 ft (2,106 m) and for it’s amazing paragliding where it has been recorded to be the launch site for the one of the longest flights of 87.8 miles (141.3 km) to Alturas CA. As one could only imagine the views are stunning and gives the visitor a great view of the eastern forests ranges and valleys.
Black Butte being the little “kid” right next to Mount Shasta is famous for its summer hikes and winter shred session. A short hike can deliver some amazing views and downhill fun on this little volcano formed when thick pasty lava oozed out of it’s central vent. When you are at the top you realize how big this “kid” is. Once a fire lookout it is now a favorite place to visit and just simply relax.
The Castle Crags is a picturesque view with craggy raw spires of rock both sharp and smooth reaching over 6,000 ft. Driving I-5 North one cannot miss this creation while driving along side the other great wonder; the Sacramento River. Be prepared to experience amazing hikes and amazing people who may pass by on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. While hiking this area one will not be disappointed in seeing what may look alien with some of the most rugged floral and fauna that survive in some of the harshest terrain. The trails around this area are cool and covered in greenery that revives the soul.
Mount Eddy is the highest peak of the Trinity mountain range (9,037 ft or 2,754 m) and is just another glorious range giving stunning views of the amazing valley while providing some of the most favorite adventures in the area. Being west of the great Mount Shasta the mountain was named in honor of Olive Paddock Eddy, the first woman to climb Mt. Shasta.
Shasta Valley delivers so much more and we invite you to join us in enjoying our little (but big) neck of the woods. Your visit here will not only be about paragliding but you can expand it to a vast erray of adventures that accomodate for all speeds of people.