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New Year, New You!

As a new year begins, everyone wants to look better, feel better and eat better.   From getting outside to healthy meals to self-pampering, Siskiyou’s got you covered.  So, here are five ways to help see you through to a new you this New Year!

Make the Most of the Snow

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Siskiyou’s got snow, and what better way than to lay some fun tracks in the snow and get your heart-pumping at the same time!  The Mt. Shasta Ski Park offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing, as well as access to the backcountry.  Or, check out the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center to explore their expanded 7.5-mile network of packed trails. You can rent snowshoes and lightweight gear there or at any one of the several stores in the area. For advice on how to make the most of a snowshoe adventure there, visit here.

Relax, Refresh & Recharge

Nothing is more peaceful than a spa day with friends! Treat yourself at any of Siskiyou’s charming retreats for a day of fun and relaxation. Enjoy a spa treatment or healing massage at Sacred Mountain Spa or make your way to Stewart Mineral Springs Retreat where you can immerse yourself in sacred mineral waters. Both venues also offer overnight lodging for the full retreat experience!

Relish Heart-Pounding Views of Mount Shasta

Give your eyes and heart a workout by snowshoeing into one of the most iconic views of a snow-draped Mt. Shasta. Heart Lake, one of the summer’s most beloved views is actually still accessible in winter with snowshoes (via the plowed road to Castle Lake). You can also spend some meditative moments afterwards at Castle Lake, also reputed to be one of California’s best ice fishing locations. The 47-acre lake is 120 feet deep and generally freezes over, but be sure to check local conditions before wandering on to the ice. Check out more about that here!

Savor Local Fare

Several restaurants serve locally grown and raised food products, you could easily spend the day eating! Make your way to Sage Restaurant at the McCloud Hotel, where the imaginative menu changes with the season to include vegetables and herbs from their own garden in addition to grass-fed beef, eco-sustainable fish, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options, many sourced locally. Another local favorite is Café Maddalena in Dunsmuir, which serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine using locally sourced and imported ingredients. It’s also just steps away from the charming Mossbrae Hotel if you want to add a little self-pampering and make a night of it!

Go for an Off-Season Hike

Discover a new you this new year by going for more hike. The Haystack Trail is a diminutive volcanic dome facing the north slope of Mount Shasta, and the trail to its summit plateau is a 2.55-mile lollipop loop hike.  The fact that it’s high desert makes it a great short off-season hike, highlighted by juniper and sage, while the summit boasts broad views in all directions that include Mount Shasta, the Klamath Mountains, and Shasta Valley.  Another off-season favorite is the Lake Siskiyou Trail. The relatively level 7-mile lakefront loop offers a surprising amount of variety, with six different access points depending on how ambitious you are and whether you plan to do a part of the trail instead of the whole thing. The north and southeast shores are the most natural and undeveloped portions of the trail, and consequently the most popular for a meandering walk.  The north shore section also offers access to the Wagon Creek Bridge and the Sacramento River inlet. For additional off-season hike ideas, visit here.