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Military Pass Road north of Mount Shasta
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Military Pass Road was constructed by the US Army in 1855. It survives as a rough dirt road running about ten miles east from Highway 97 until it connects to a higher standard road that continues another twelve miles to paved Pilgrim Creek Road. Combined with Highways 97, Interstate 5, and Highway 89 it allows one to drive a complete circle around Mount Shasta.

This little-traveled road offers two main benefits - solitude and amazing views of Mount Shasta. Along with a few trailhead access roads it is the closest you can get to the north and east sides of the great mountain by vehicle.

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Mount Shasta, from Military Pass Road to the north

Mount Shasta, from Military Pass Road to the north

Mount Shasta, from Military Pass Road to the north

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Date photographed: July 3, 2004
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Logged area in lodgepole pine

Logged area in lodgepole pine

The lodgepole pine forest in the swale between Mount Shasta and the Goosenest is mostly privately owned and logged for poles and posts.

Military Pass Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

An open pine forest on Military Pass Road

An open pine forest on Military Pass Road

The open forest here is partly due to the deep dry volcanic ash, which also makes the road soft.

Military Pass Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Ash flat on Military Pass Road

Ash flat on Military Pass Road

In places the volcanic ash deposits are too deep for tree roots to find moisture, resulting in large barren areas.

Military Pass Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Clearcut on Military Pass Road

Clearcut on Military Pass Road

On private land the mixed forest of lodgepole pine and red fir is clearcut as the most cost-effective way to harvest timber.

Military Pass Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Brewer Creek Trailhead on Mount Shasta

Brewer Creek Trailhead on Mount Shasta

The Brewer Creek Trailhead road ascends through red fir forest almost to timberline. This is a popular place to begin ascent of Mount Shasta by one of the northern routes.

Brewer Creek Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Red fir forest on the north side of Mount Shasta

Red fir forest on the north side of Mount Shasta

On the national forest-owned sections a magnificent red for forest survives. It is commercially harvested, but selectively, without clearcutting.

Brewer Creek Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Clearcut near Brewer Creek on Mount Shasta

Clearcut near Brewer Creek on Mount Shasta

Clearcut privately held red fir forest on the Brewer Creek road.

Brewer Creek Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Sustained yield forestry on Pilgrim Creek Road

Sustained yield forestry on Pilgrim Creek Road

Rich soils and abundant snowfall nurture a fine tall mixed conifer forest northeast of Mount Shasta.

Pilgrim Creek Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Sustained yield forestry on Pilgrim Creek Road

Sustained yield forestry on Pilgrim Creek Road

On national forest land selective cutting balances timber harvest with wildlife and recreation values.

Pilgrim Creek Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 21, 2016

Big Sand Flat east of Mount Shasta

Big Sand Flat east of Mount Shasta

Large shallow seasonal lakes occur throughout the Modoc Plateau. High water table precludes forest growth.

Harris Spring Road, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2016

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