Horse Camp at Mt. Shasta

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The Sierra Club Foundation owns and operates the historic Shasta Alpine Lodge, a climbers’ hut located at Horse Camp, a 720-acre area that has long been a popular base camp for climbers and hikers on Mount Shasta. 

Located at an altitude of approximately 7,884 feet, Horse Camp offers low impact campsites, a seasonal source of fresh water, and emergency shelter during the winter. During the late May through September climbing season, Horse Camp is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable caretakers, and the lodge houses a guest register, a small library of mountain books and displays pertaining to Mount Shasta, a well as a lost and found board for climbers. 

Mount Shasta is at the end of the Cascade Range in Northern California, the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest peak in California. Information collected from early explorers and historians indicate that there were several Native American societies present in the vicinity of Mount Shasta during the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Shasta, Modoc, Achumawi, Wintu, and Wimuk Indians. Mount Shasta was (and is) a place of significant spiritual importance to many. 

Horse Camp was the starting point for John Muir during his climb in 1874 and again for Harry Babcock during his ascent of three hours and forty minutes in 1883. The Shasta Alpine Lodge was built in 1923 with monies donated by Matthew Hall McAlister, a prominent Sierra Club member at that time. It is constructed primarily of indigenous materials, including volcanic rock and Shasta red fir. 

For information on visiting Horse Camp and the Shasta Alpine Lodge, click here.

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