Hike to Horse Camp — Saturday July 23, 2016

Photo by Cill Franco
Photo by Cill Franco

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public to join us on a 3.4-mile roundtrip hike to Horse Camp Saturday, July 23. This hike is gentle to moderate with a 975 foot elevation gain.

The historic Shasta Alpine Lodge, a climber’s hut owned by the Sierra Club, is located at Horse Camp. It’s a popular base camp for climbers and hikers on Mt Shasta. At 7,884 foot elevation, Horse Camp has a seasonal source of fresh water and is an emergency shelter in the winter. Horse Camp was the starting point for John Muir during his climb in 1874 and again for Harry Babcock during his ascent of 3 hours and 40 minutes in 1883. These records were later topped by others, Robert Webb ascended in 1 hour 39 minutes in 1985. The Shasta Alpine Lodge was built in 1923 with monies donated by Matthew Hall McAllister a prominent Sierra Club member at that time. It is constructed mainly of indigenous materials including volcanic rock and Shasta red fir. The view of Mt Shasta from Horse Camp is stupendous and intrepid climbers can be seen ascending especially with binoculars. An extra 1/4-mile jaunt can be enjoyed along the volcanic stone Oberman Causeway.

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, the street in front of the Best Western Treehouse in Mt Shasta at 9:00 am where participants will form carpools. Bring lunch, sun protection and water. No dogs please. Expect to be back by 4:00 pm.