The beautiful spring located at the base of Spring Hill in the Mt. Shasta City Park is known as the headwaters of the Upper Sacramento River (though other branches of the mighty Sacramento reach even further into the wilderness). A viewing patio, benches and pathways make this amazing spring a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.The water gushing from the spring fell as snow on Mount Shasta years ago, and has made it's way underground to emerge into the sunlight at the City Park.Restoration work in recent years has stabilized the hillside above the spring with boulders and native plants. The area has gradually returned to its natural health and beauty. A paved pathway leads down from the spring and along the creek through the park, while two footbridges give access to wetlands, trails and more springs to the north.A great story about the Headwaters Spring is Where does the water go? at the Mt. Shasta Herald website!
DID YOU KNOW – The land, which ultimately became the Mt. Shasta City Park, was once part of the hunting ground for the Wintun, Maidu, and Okwanuchu Indian tribes and was first crossed by explorers around 1841. Big Springs, designated as the location of the headwaters of the Sacramento River, once contained a water-wheel and was the city's first source of energy (1901) for generating power to light the local community. The crystal clear water flowing through the park begins its journey high on the snow-covered peaks of majestic Mt. Shasta, flowing through underground lava tubes until finally gushing forth into daylight at the City Park's headwaters area. Along it's journey out of the park the water flows through the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, feeds into Lake Siskiyou, plunging over the Box Canyon Dam as it reaches it's final destination, the Sacramento River. The Headwaters Area is well-known as a local historical point of interest attracting hundreds of curious sight-seers each year.
A Brand New Event is Coming to McCloud for 2018! The McCloud Celtic Festival celebrates the spring season and the area's Celtic culture. Join us for the weekend of live music, dance, workshops, artisan vendors, and culinary treats and libations provided by our local restaurants and pubs - all of which will transport you across oceans! Renowned celtic rock band, Tempest, to perform at the McCloud Mercantile on Saturday, May 4th at 7pm. See website for tickets. www.mccloudchamber.com 530-964-3113. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mt. Shasta Farmers Market is an ag-centric certified Farmers Market featuring fresh produce, meats, flowers, herbs, plant starters, honey, eggs, grown in the Siskiyou region and offered directly from the growers.
All the market vondors accept cash, and some accept credit cards. There are ATM's located neary to the market.
Farmers Market Hours: 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Held every Memorial Day weekend, the mushroom festival celebrates the wild mushroom hunting that occurs every spring in and around McCloud. Event features live music, mushroom vendors, wine tasting, special mushroom delicacies, cooking demonstrations, seminars and educational booths on mushroom harvesting. Dinner to be held Friday evening at 6 pm. See website for more information. www.mccloudchamber.com. 530-964-3113. email@example.com.