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Everything You Need To Know About The Mount Shasta Mysteries

Everything You Need To Know About The Mount Shasta Mysteries

Before your next getaway to the Shasta Cascade, learn about the epic sagas and fables that make the mountain the enigmatic presence it is.


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July 15, 2021

Mount Shasta is home to gorgeous sceneries, endless adventures, and… myths and legends? That’s right, the striking California peak has its fair share of interesting tales that have given it a reputation as a mountain of many mysteries. From Native American legends to modern-day urban myths, the theories surrounding Mount Shasta mysteries are many.

Before your next getaway to the Shasta Cascade, learn about the epic sagas and fables that make the mountain the enigmatic presence it is. Wouldn’t you want a cool story to tell when pitching a tent at one of the best campgrounds in the Shasta Cascade? That’s what we thought.

The Coolest Mount Shasta Myths and Legends

According to the Klamath people, Mount Shasta is inhabited by the spirit chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain's summit.

Native American Legends

There are many different counts of Native American legends surrounding the mystery of Mount Shasta, and each is more interesting than the other. Shasta is considered a sacred place for Native Americans—many date their lineages back to a time when eruptions actually took place there. The region where the mighty peak stands is the home of the Shasta, Atsugewi, Achumawi, Wintu, and Modoc tribes.

In fact, Shasta is believed to be where many prominent figures in Peyotism and Native American history such as G’mokumk (the creator) used to live. There’s also a widespread belief that the original bones of Modoc people were also placed there. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to bring offerings when visiting the mountain to show respect to the dead. Many trips are organized to honor roots, lineages, and celebrate culture and tradition at Mount Shasta. For example, the Winnemem Wintu regard the area as their native place of worship, regularly hosting rituals such as coming-of-age ceremonies by the rivers in the region.

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Mount Shasta is just as pivotal when it comes to the mythical world of Native American legends. Among the mythical creatures that are believed to inhabit the mountain range is the matah kagmi, which is the Modoc word for bigfoot. The Mount Shasta legends of matah kagmi paint the creatures as protectors of the woods.

Joaquin Miller, nicknamed the Poet of the Sierras, also recorded various legends around the mountain related to Native Americans in the 1870s. According to him, Mount Shasta was another focal point in sacred tales for the Indigenous Klamath People—it was believed to be inhabited by the spirit of Chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain's summit. 

Mount Shasta has also been a focus for non-Native American legends, centered on a hidden city of advanced beings from the lost continent of Lemuria.

The Lost Continent of Lemuria

There are plenty of Mount Shasta legends that aren’t related to Indigenous peoples, the most famous of which surrounds the lost continent of Lemuria.

The well-known Mount Shasta myth says that somewhere deep beneath the 14,179-foot-tall mountain is a complex world of tunnels and a hidden city called Telos. Also known as the ancient “City of Light,” the town of Telos is home to an ancient community of people called the Lemurians. 

Those who believe in this Mount Shasta mystery say that the Lemurians were residents of the mythical lost continent of Lemuria. The continent existed until it was engulfed under the waves of the Indian Ocean many thousands of years ago—according to other theorists, the Pacific Ocean may have been the reason too. However, some claim that Lemurians survived the catastrophe and settled in the underground city of Telos. People who are drawn to the mountain for its tales have reported seeing seven-foot-tall creatures with long flowy hair on the mountains; they believe that they’re offsprings of surviving Lemurians.

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Over the years, this Mount Shasta legend became so widespread that many authors interested in its mystique wrote books about it. This legend then became incorporated into numerous occult religions, including "I AM" Activity, The Summit Lighthouse, and Church Universal and Triumphant.

Lemurians aren’t the only mythical creatures theorists believe that inhabit the majestic Mount Shasta. Some people also believe the mountain is where lizard people hide, which are reptilian humanoids that are said to live underground. However, that’s a rabbit hole we’re not going down this time.

Mount Shasta is a hotbed of UFO sightings and it's also believed it's where reptilian humanoids reside.

UFO Sightings

Considering the number of mysteries and legends surrounding Mount Shasta, UFO sightings aren’t the most surprising thing to hear about. And when you take into account the many other sightings in nearby cities such as Dunsmuir, the extraterrestrial mysteries of Mount Shasta start to make more sense.

The latest claim of UFO sightings in Mount Shasta that made headlines dates back to February 2020. A picture of a glowing orb in the sky in the area became viral on the Internet. Many people, including theorists, believed it to be a flying saucer from outer space. To the disappointment of many, it was soon discovered that the glowing orb was, in fact, a rare weather phenomenon, and the UFO claim was debunked.

However, hundreds of other extraterrestrial tales surround Mount Shasta, making it a hotbed for theories regarding alien existence. One Shasta resident by the name of Wallenstein has been more than happy to share his own personal encounters (as well as others) in a self-published book titled “Mount Shasta Sightings”. Wallenstein documents photographs, dates, stories, and research of UFO life in Mount Shasta over 625 pages in vivid detail.

What is it about Mount Shasta in particular that inspires so much belief? I guess you have to go to see for yourself.

Whether it’s to discover an ancient civilization hiding in plain sight, prove the existence of alien life, or go on a spiritual journey of self-discovery, it’s clear that Mount Shasta’s striking presence and complex geology have intrigued people for a very long time. From the giant boulders to the abundant rushing streams, the mountain attracts a wide variety of creatures, plants, and people. 

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you believe in spiritual and metaphysical tales. However, it’s important to approach these legends with respect as they are sacred or, at the very least, special to someone somewhere. And if you’ve been to Mount Shasta before learning about its myths and legends and felt a special kind of presence, then you’ve definitely felt the same mysterious natural power surrounding the mighty peak. And whether or not you’re spiritual, you’ve found your own way of dealing with it just as others have.

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