Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sacramento River Headwaters - Mt. Shasta City Park - Mt. Shasta, CA

The headwaters of the Upper Sacramento River are located at the base of Spring Hill in the Mt. Shasta City Park. You can park within about 200' of the spring. The park has had some recent restoration work in the area of the spring. The hillside has been stabilized with some large boulders and a paved area ajasent to the spring allows visitors to check out the spring without causing erosion. The headwaters spring is a popular place for people to fill drinking water jugs, I filled up a water bottle and the Shasta snow melt spring was crisp, cold and refreshing. There is a park with a playground and restrooms about 200' away. This would make for a nice place to stop for lunch when traveling I5.

If you are going to be in this area and you are in need of some outdoor gear or to arrange a guided trip in the Shasta area, check out the newly (5/25/12) opened McCloud Outdoors & Gear Exchange.

The most northern watershed part of the Sacramento is in Southern Oregon in the Goose Lake area. From there the Pit River drains the Modoc Plateau and joins the Sacramento as the eastern tributary of Shasta Lake.The Pit river actually contributes 4 times as much water (about 4,000 CSF) than the Upper Sacramento.

The park is located at the northern end of the City of Mt. Shasta, take N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. to Nixon Rd and make the first Right into the park. Note there is NO swimming or wadding in the headwaters!

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