Mount Shasta is located 40 miles south of the Oregon-California border and halfway between the state's border with Nevada and the Pacific Ocean. With a peak of 9,822 feet, Mount Shasta is fifth highest mountain in California and the second highest within the Cascade Range.
Mount Shasta is still an active volcano, with the last eruption occurring in 1786. Over the past 10,000 years, the mountain has erupted approximately every 800 years. The mountain was first scaled successfully in 1854 by Captain Elias D. Pierce among a group of eight climbers. A couple of years later, Harriette Eddy and Mary Campbell McCloud became the first women to make it to the top.