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5 Iconic Photographic Sites in Siskiyou County

While adventure lies around every corner, Siskiyou County is also full of beautiful, historic and magical photographic opportunities. Check out our top 10 Photo Opportunities, and get your cameras snapping. 

Jefferson State Pole Barn - Off I5

Photo from NY Times

The mythical 51st state is a draw for many, but to those in the 23 counties it would span the State of Jefferson is more than real, it is logical. 

The State of Jefferson is a proposed U.S. state that would span the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and northern California, where several attempts to separate from Oregon and California, respectively, have taken place.

This region on the Pacific Coast is the most famous of several that have sought to adopt the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Jefferson, who sent the Lewis and Clark expedition into the Pacific Northwest in 1803, envisioned the establishment of an independent nation in the western portion of North America that he dubbed the "Republic of the Pacific"; hence, the association of his name with regional autonomy. The independence movement, rather than statehood, is known as Cascadia. This region encompasses most of Northern California's land but does not include San Francisco or other Bay Area counties that account for the majority of Northern California's population.

Little Shasta Church

Kathleen Hoevet Photography

Built in 1878, this quaint church rests in the beautiful Shasta Valley.

Mount Shasta - as seen from 99-97 cutoff

Photo courtesy of AAA

Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 14,179 feet, this is the second-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the state. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles, which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The mountain and surrounding area are part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest.

Etna Summit

Etna Summit can be found just 22 beautiful winding miles from the quaint town of Etna, California. Well-known as one of the premier stops on the PCT, as the trail crosses the main road here. At 5,960 feet the view is vast of the Russian Wilderness, Marble Mountain Wilderness, both of which are in the Klamath National Forest, and of the Trinity Alps, which is in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Get ready to be impressed. 

Pluto’s Cave

Pluto's Cave is a lava tube that was formed by an eruption of basaltic lava which originated from a vent about 8 miles to the northeast, between Deer Mountain and The Whaleback. Visitors can safely hike approx 1200 feet into the cave, with impeccable photo opportunities abound.