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Get to Know McCloud, a Hidden Gem in the Shasta Cascade

Get to Know McCloud, a Hidden Gem in the Shasta Cascade

Situated on the slopes of Mount Shasta, this small town is an ideal getaway for road trippers and outdoor enthusiasts
Posted 4 years agoby Matt Jaffe

If you’ve never heard of McCloud, a onetime lumber town with around 1,100 residents in Northern California’s Shasta Cascade region, you’re not alone. A good three-and-a-half hours from Sacramento and nearly 300 miles northeast of San Francisco, McCloud isn’t on the radar of many travelers—even though it’s only 15 minutes off Interstate 5.

But outdoor travel writer Ann Marie Brown absolutely adores this Siskiyou County town for its history and natural beauty. And on the most recent California Now Podcast she shares tips on how best to experience both McCloud’s past and its modern-day attractions.

In the Shadow of Mount Shasta

Rising to 14,180, the great volcanic cone of Mount Shasta is visible from every street in McCloud, says Brown. But the mountain is more than a backdrop. “It really is the heart and soul of McCloud,” she says.