The McCloud/Mount Shasta area has more than its share of places to go, and things to do. It's one of the great undiscovered low-key vacation getaways in California. Depending on time of year, trout fishing, hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, spelunking (cave hikes), bicycling, camping and great sightseeing can all be enjoyed. In the spring and summer months, some of the finest trout streams in California can be accessed outside of the town of McCloud. The McCloud River, a wild, glacier-fed lava bed waterway, lies just east on highway 89 and offers plenty of great holes for bait anglers and fly fishers. A trophy stream, Hat Creek, is just a few miles further east. Over the hill out of the quaint canyon village of Dunsmuir is the Sacramento River, which flows from it's headwaters about 10 miles north in the town of Mount Shasta. If lake fishing is more your style, try Lake Siskiyou just south of the town of Mount Shasta, or Lake McCloud, south of the town of McCloud. Alpine lakes can be easily driven to from the town of Mount Shasta and offer fine canoe or small boat fishing. Camping is available at several spots along the McCloud River, along the Sacramento River south of Dunsmuir, and also at a commercial campground on Lake Siskiyou. On foot, you can go as lightly or as seriously as your imagination will take you, from a walk though town to a rugged climb of Mount Shasta. Backpacking is popular in the Eddys Range, just west of Mount Shasta. Check locally with the Forest Service or with a shop like The Fifth Season in the Town of Mount Shasta. Bicycling (both road and mountain) is another great way to enjoy the area. Road riders can just about make up your own route and have no problem coming up with somewhere enjoyable to ride (just look around you). Mountain bikers can check locally at The Fifth Season or other sport shops for great places to ride. During ski season, the snow and slopes are excellent at Mount Shasta Ski and Board Park (just off highway 89, a few miles east of Interstate 5). Also available is a beautiful cross-country course. Really, it would take a few volumes to fully describe the abundance of places to go and things to do in this area. Try a few days in the area yourself and you'll see why.