Mount Shasta is located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California and at 14,179 feet is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain and dominates the northern California landscape. It rises abruptly and stands nearly 10,000 ft above the surrounding terrain. On a clear winter day snowy Mount Shasta can be seen from the floor of the valley 140 miles south.
Mount Shasta is a large stratovolcano with four overlapping volcanic cones. Besides its main summit, Shasta has a 12,330-foot (3,760 meter) satellite volcanic cone called Shastina. Shasta has erupted periodically over the last 600,000 years and is considered an active volcano