Panther Meadows and Old Ski Bowl Trail
Snow-covered meadows invite a peaceful, spiritual feeling, especially at a place full of views called Panther Meadows. Sacred to many Native Americans, a subalpine meadow such as this is rare on Mount Shasta because the porous volcanic soil doesn’t retain water near the surface. Crammed with incredible views the whole way, this route follows snow-covered Everett Memorial Highway to its terminus at the Old Ski Bowl. The course passes through an open Shasta red fir forest featuring firs of all sizes and shapes, then becomes virtually treeless beyond Panther Meadows. On brisk and sunny weekends, you may greet a few cross-country skiers and perhaps a dog or snowmobiler. As soon as you round the first bend climbing away mildly from Bunny Flat, utter seclusion and tranquility awaits.
Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Panther Meadow Trail (Bubba Seuss)