10 Things for Kids to do in the Mount Shasta area
Mount Shasta, McCloud, and Dunsmuir are not just for nature lovers, cyclists, and spiritually centered adults, this pristine area is a big playground for kids as well! When the kids ask, “What is there to dooo?”, you can happily spout off the following activities (and you will love them too!) .
1. Lake Siskiyou Boats and Beach
Reynolds Resort on Lake Siskiyou offers a beach playground with an oversized floating raft and water toys, paddle boat and kayak rentals, and a very popular snack bar with chocolate, vanilla and chocolate dipped frosties.
2. Siskiyou Ice Rink-Ice Skating at Shastice Park
Typically a 12 week season starting in November just before Thanksgiving and ending on President’s Day in February. Tickets for non-holidays only $10!
The tubing hill located at Mount Shasta Ski & Board Park, and is a family favorite that will keep you and the kids smiling for a memorable day. Its “Magic Carpet” lift will take you 300 feet up the hill for your next great slide, then take a break for lunch at the nearby Mount Shasta Ski & Board Park Lodge for some sumptuous, kid friendly food.
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings from 3pm to 8pm, under the lights Tickets only $15 Kids 5 to 12 years old $20 for big kids and Adults 13 and up.
No outside tubes or sleds allowed.
4. Walk to Hedge Creek Falls
Hedge Creek Falls is in Dunsmuir and just a short (.07 miles and a 200’ elevation gain) and easy walk from the parking lot and picnic area to the Falls. The Falls are about 30-35 feet high and dump into a tributary of the Upper Sacramento River below. If you continue to follow the trail, you will quickly reach an overlook where you can sit and admire the Sacramento River below.
The notorious stage coach robber, Black Bart was rumored to have hidden in the cavern just behind the Falls. Short, sweet, very beautiful and kid friendly. Accessible any time of the year
5. McCloud River and Falls
The McCloud Falls are a family favorite for outdoor recreation. The lower falls are in Fowler’s campground and have a picnic area and restrooms. In the summer you will see kids and adults jumping off the falls and into the crystal clear pools of McCloud River.
The Middle and Upper McCloud Falls are a short drive up the road, and also have well- marked trails and the Upper Falls has a picnic area. The spectacular beauty of the area is enough, but add the great picnic areas, well-maintained walking trails, crystal clear ponds and falls, and premiere fishing spots and you can’t miss on this family outing.
The Falls are located east of McCloud on Highway 89. Follow the signs.
6. Lava Tubes
What kid doesn’t love the mystery and lore of a cave? Pluto Cave is about 40 minutes outside of Mount Shasta through Weed on Hwy 97. From downtown Weed follow highway 97 for 12 miles and turn left and continue north on A12 for about 3.2 miles. Turn left on the dirt road-beware the signs are very weak so you have to pay attention-continue on until you see the trailhead. The dirt road is shortly after the turn off for the Juniper Valley OHV area. Metal letters spelling out Pluto Cave are nailed to the telephone pole by the dirt road.
Pluto cave is a lava tube that extends almost a mile underground. A great adventure for the kids and also an opportunity to discuss the creation of the lava tubes and the volcanic nature of the area.
7. Shastice Park Skate Board Park
Completed in 2010 through donations by local businesses. The skate park at Shastice Park is open to the public and there is rarely a wait to try out your new tricks. Shastice Park has fabulous views of Mount Shasta, and also has a sports field, jungle gym and tennis courts.
It is located about a mile up Everitt Memorial Highway from downtown Mount Shasta.
8. Botanical Gardens in Dunsmuir
The Botanical Gardens in Dunsmuir are right on the edge of the Sacramento River. It’s a beautiful place to have a picnic and tour the gardens. Relax while the kids play on the playground equipment, or try the swings for yourself. You can take a walk along the River and enjoy all that nature has to offer in this scenic park.
There is also a small event hall available for rent for events and family reunions.
9. Sisson Museum
Visit the Sisson Museum and delve into the history of the Mount Shasta area, along with specific activities for kids including interactive experiments. You can also request a tour of the fish hatchery. Sisson Museum is a favorite for school field trips and family field trips!
10. The Wagon Trail-Siskiyou Lake
Young and old enjoy the recently completed Wagon Trail and bridge around Siskiyou Lake. It is about 7 miles around the entire Lake, or go as far as you choose at your leisure. It’s a perfect place to walk or bike with mostly level terrain, and plenty of opportunities to stop off for a dip in Siskiyou Lake, or make conversation with the locals.
Go to Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce visitors center located at 300 Pine St. in Mount Shasta which is just past Rite Aid toward town on the same side of the street. They will give you information about all things Shasta and maps of the area.