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Cycling Mt. Shasta, a Northern California landmark.
Ride 14.2 miles gaining 4,281’ to 7,821’ elevation at 5.6% average grade.
Before heading out to tackle Mt. Shasta by bike, be sure to rely on our list of Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip, and use our interactive checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.
Ranked #56 on the Top 100 list, Mt. Shasta is one of three Top 100 climbs in Northern California/Southern Oregon. Mt. Shasta can be a bit of a trek to reach. It’s located 290 miles north of San Francisco, CA and 360 miles south of Portland, OR. However, we do place this climb, along with Mt. Ashland 70 miles north, as a Destination Climb, i.e., one worthy of traveling to just for the climb(s).
Beginning just off Interstate 5 in the small northern California town of Mt. Shasta (population 3,400) Mt. Shasta rises above all else in the area and is prominent from many vantage points, including Mt. Ashland [photo] and the Parks Creek climb [photo]. The grade is never too steep and this is a very pleasant climb - both in terms of the challenge (challenging, but not brutally so) and scenery.
The first 0.9 miles of the climb is along Ski Village Drive.
Start the bike climb in Mt. Shasta CA
The climb is within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (est. 1954; 2,290,832 acres).
Turn left at mile 0.9 onto Everitt Memorial Highway and there are no more roads to deal with until we top out at 14.2 miles at elevation 7,829. After turning onto Everitt Memorial Highway we are soon surrounded by thick pine forest which surrounds us for much of the first half of the climb. There is one particularly striking straight stretch where we travel through an avenue of very thick uniformly spaced tall pines - this is but one of the many exceptional experiences/views we have on our way up the mountain.
Surrounded by thick forest and tall pines as we cycle up Mt. Shasta.
Between miles 10 and 11 we come into full view of Mt. Shasta and it is here that we have a great photo op!
There are many views southerly of distant mountain ranges and ridges in the Cascade Mountain Range over the last third of the climb.
Finish - Mt. Shasta in the background.
Roadway Surface and Traffic Report: The roadway is pristine and traffic is light. The speed limit is 35 mph and this ride has a safe and comfortable feel to it.
Mt. Shasta road conditions and closures are located here.
We highly recommend this climb - it is magnificent! For a beautiful and challenging cycling climb, check out Mt. Shasta.
Mountain High. 👍😄
PJAMM SETS FASTEST KNOWN TIME (FKT) BIKE-RUN MT. SHASTA
Note. See slideshow on Climb Page for PJAMM’s Great Bike-Hike Adventure of Mt. Shasta - cycling to Bunny Flats 11.5 miles then hiking the remaining five miles and 7,000’ (21% average grade).
We took a wrong turn on the way - 2017 - no mistakes 2019. 👍
Early start . . .