Mt. Shasta

P1010566Mt.Shasta with Panther Meadow in the foreground, 7.20.2015.

P1010571Panther Meadow.

P1010565Panther Meadow.

P1010569Allium validum – Pacific Mountain Onion.

P1010581Allium validum – Pacific Mountain Onion. I love wild onion!!!

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P1010575Lupine.

P1010572Castilleja miniata – Giant Red Paintbrush.

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P1010644Monkeyflower.

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P1010590Along the trail.

P1010610The trail to South Gate Meadow.

P1010604Looking up at another 6000 feet of volcano.  At first glance it looks like a barren landscape, but an array of colorful flora started to catch my eye left and right.  I ended up spending quite a bit of time here.

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P1010630Castilleja arachnoidea – Cobwebby Paintbrush.

P1010628Castilleja arachnoidea – Cobwebby Paintbrush.  

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P1010642Penstemon, for the penstemon lovers out there.

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P1010625Streptanthus tortuosus – Mountain Jewelflower.  A delicate little beauty.  You don’t want to know how long it took me to get my camera to focus on this flower!  A little creature had an appetite for this flower – several were munched on.

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P1010636I went to Mt. Shasta a couple days ago to hike and was so taken with the (sub?)alpine flora that I didn’t allow myself enough time to finish the hike!!!  Gasp!  There is also something quite special about being on a massive volcano (Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascade mountain range at 14,180 feet).  The mountain is a breathtaking geological marvel, and will stir some emotion inside you.  Thank you, Bubba Suess, for recommending this hike!  A flora list for Mt. Shasta can be found here. I will update my flower pictures soon…I’m in the middle of another busy work week, sorry.  I just want to get the pictures up so everyone can see what’s currently in bloom!  I can’t wait to get back.

2 thoughts on “Mt. Shasta

  1. Glad you enjoyed the hike. The meadows will probably hold their wildflowers in bloom for another week or so. If you can’t make it down this year, be sure to his South Gate Meadow next year. It is incredible. There are a lot of hike on Shasta and most are great, but don’t forget the Trinity Divide, the mountains to the west. There are all sorts of endemic varieties over there!

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  2. Summiting or completing a hike is just a bonus for me when I go to the mountain. I was also thinking about going to Mt. Shasta trails and the Cascade mountain in the future. Appreciate these beautiful flowers and name descriptions in the photos.

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