4th of July: Mt Shasta Rock Climb, Raft, Cave, Swim, Hike "Extravaganza."

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Algoma Campground

41.256378, -121.883235 · McCloud, CA

How to find us

Directions: From the McCloud Ranger Station, turn left on SR 89. Drive 13 miles to the turnoff for Algoma (Stouts Meadow) turn at the cross country skier sign. Turn right and go 1 mile to the campground.

Location image of event venue


Join us over the weekend of July 3, to 7 as we camp in the shadows of Mt. Shasta. This is a trip for everyone. There will be multiple activities each day to choose from. Trips will be tailored to all levels of participants. We hope to get as many SoA members on this trip as possible. There is also a chance that this will be a joint trip with Beta Breakers meet up group. This trip is like our grand convention where you can pick whatever activity you want to do each day. Perhaps try something new. If you can't attend for the entire trip, you are welcome to join us for any part of the event.

We will raft the McCloud River and possibly the upper Sacramento River. There are a couple issues with the rafting. To reach the McCloud river, we have to carry the boat some. Hopefully, with our wet winter, there will be more water in the Upper Sacramento this year. We will be paddling Class III whitewater that is suitable for beginners and kayakers with some experience. We will explore several caves near McCloud. One of the caves is renown for the ice formations and an ice floor. The caves are easy and big. This trip is very suitable for beginners and families.

Here is a 360 photo of one of the swimming areas near camp.

We will be rock climbing at Cantara Loop. You can review the routes on Mountain Project. https://www.mountainproject.com/area/107827251/cantara-loop

One great thing about climbing at Cantara Loop is that you can go for a swim in the river right next to the climbing area. There are also a number of other climbing area nearby that we might visit.

If someone wants to lead a mountaineering trip up Mt. Shasta, that would be great.

Equipment needed:

Caving: Helmet, headlight, spare flashlight, day hike pack, lunches, spare batteries, gloves (plastic or leather), sturdy jacket- for example a jean jacket, sturdy jeans. Coveralls also work well. Knee pads are great to have but not mandatory. Boots. (Ice skates, hockey sticks and a puck would be RAD!)

Rafting: , we supply the paddles, life jackets (PFD's) and helmets. If you have a wet suit, consider bringing it. We have a few wet suits to loan out. Likely, the water will be cold.

Camping Gear: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, water, food, ear plugs?, water, CPAP machine, great attitude.

Climbing Gear: Harness, Rock Shoes, Helmet.

We will have two rafts. We can accommodate 14 people each day in the raft. We will alternate people on three rafting days. There are great hiking trails if you want to enjoy hiking while others are rafting. There will be caving trips scheduled and rock climbing as well


We will be camping at the Agoma Forest Service Campground. This is a campground without many facilities. There are pit toilets in some parts of the campground. There is no water at the campground, except for the McCloud River that passes through the campground.

There is no phone service at the campground. You might want to save these directions before you are searching for the site. Have at least a half tank of gas as the route to the cave features no facilities. The last cheap gas is in Redding at Arco at the Oasis Exit, west side of I-5. Here is the address: 2402 Cascade Blvd, Redding, CA 96003 [masked], [masked])

The main intersection in McCloud for people passing through on Route 89 is Broadway Street. From this intersection, travel east on Route 89 for 13.4 miles. Turn RIGHT [masked], [masked])

Here is view of the turn off of Route 89 towards the campground. https://goo.gl/maps/HVZDaWs5caK2

Map showing the route from McCloud to the Algoma Campground can be found at: https://goo.gl/maps/8WUrovT63gr

Usually, this is the site of our campground. https://goo.gl/maps/kTondsgoAwE2