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Where to go and where to stay in Siskiyou County.

Visiting Siskiyou County

Dorris, Dunsmuir, Fort Jones, Montague, Mount Shasta, Weed, Yreka.

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Siskiyou County, the fifth largest county in California, features spectacular natural beauty and scenic cities and towns including Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, and Tulelake as well as Butte Valley, Scott Valley, Shasta Valley, and the Klamath River Corridor.

Next to the Appalachian region, Siskiyou County is claimed to be one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country, if not the world.

Siskiyou County's inland, northern California position borders the state of Oregon.

The county seat of Siskiyou County is Yreka.

Visit Siskiyou:
Home of majestic Mount Shasta, the Klamath Wildlife Refuges, Shasta Valley, the Marble Mountains Wilderness, and a rich expanse of mountains, valleys and friendly small towns with a warm welcome for visitors through the seasons.

Around Siskiyou County


Located between Mt. Shasta and the Oregon border, on Hwy 97, the City of Dorris boasts having the Tallest Flagpole west of the Mississippi River.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is located at around 3,600 feet (1,100 m) on the flanks of Mt. Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark along the historic Siskiyou Trail. The mountain is the second highest volcano in the continental United States.

Today's equivalent of the Siskiyou Trail, Interstate 5, provides easy access to the City of Mount Shasta, located midway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

Shasta Chamber of Commerc:
The Chamber maintains a local calendar of events, provides a free ticket service for many events, and is a resource centre for new and growing businesses and visitors.

Visit Mount Shasta:
Mount Shasta is one of Northern California’s fastest growing new locations for destination vacationing, from luxury resort retreats to wilderness camping.


After Abraham Thompson, a mule train packer travelling along the Siskiyou Trail from southern Oregon, discovered gold in March 1851 something of a 'gold rush boomtown' of tents, shanties, and a few rough cabins were soon set up; to accommodate the thousands of new arrivals looking for gold in 'Thompson's Dry Diggings'; soon to become known as Shasta Butte City.

In 1852, Yreka was named after an Indian word (Wyekah) for nearby Mt. Shasta, although Mark Twain prefers the anecdote that a sign with the word BAKERY was painted on a canvas and laid out to dry. With the B less visible, YREKA would have been the word mistakenly read backwards.

Baymont Inn and Suites Yreka: 148 Moonlit Oaks Ave.
Each Baymont Inn guestroom comes complete with your choice of one King or two Queen beds, a fully stocked bathroom and a convenient coffee maker and microwave. You might prefer to spend a romantic weekend in a Baymont Inn whirlpool suite; complete with a king-sized bed and a private Jacuzzi. Then rise and shine with an expanded, complimentary continental breakfast.

Yreka Attractions

Yreka attracts many tourists visiting the Siskiyou County Museum and a number of Gold Rush monuments and parks.

Visitors to the 'Golden City' of California will love the quaint charm of this former mining town, with its annual Balloon Fair and everyday attractions like the Miners Museum and historical downtown.

Trout fishing is also popular in the nearby Klamath, Sacramento and McCloud Rivers, while climbers enjoy getting to grips with Mount Shasta, Castle Crags or the Trinity Alps; with skiing an option in winter.

Hikers and bikers can also enjoy the trails to the waterfalls, streams and lakes in the area: McCloud River, Burney Falls, Mossbrae Falls, Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake and Shasta Lake.

Yreka Chamber of Commerce:
The Yreka Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information offices are located in the heart of the Historical District; at 117 West Miner Street, on the corner of Broadway and Miner.

Yreka Western Railroad:
Your trip back in time begins as you arrive at the 1889 Historic Yreka Depot to ride the 'Blue Goose' Train; with steam locomotive #19 pulling vintage, 1920-era Harriman Passenger Cars through the scenic Shasta Valley and on to the 'Old West' cattle town of Montague. The eight-mile trip takes around an hour.

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