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Horse Camp is a property on Mount Shasta owned by the nonprofit Sierra Club Foundation. It is a 720-acre (2.9 km2) enclave within the Mount Shasta Wilderness of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California, United States. It is located at approximately 7,950 feet (2,420 m) elevation at the lower end of Avalanche Gulch, the most popular climbing route on the mountain.

photo of Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp on Mount Shasta, CA
Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp on Mount Shasta. Avalanche Gulch is to the right of the chimney.

Horse Camp is accessible from the Bunny Flat trailhead by hiking approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) on a developed trail with an elevation gain of about 950 feet (290 m).

The most notable feature of Horse Camp is the Shasta Alpine Lodge, a climber's hut constructed in 1923. Mostly indigenous materials were used for construction, including volcanic rock and Shasta red fir. The lodge can be used for emergency shelter for climbers. It contains a guest register, a library of mountain books, and displays about Mount Shasta.

Other features of Horse Camp include a freshwater spring, low impact campsites, and a solar-powered composting toilet facility.[1]

The lodge measures about 450 square feet (42 m2), and was financed primarily by a donor named Hall McAllister at a cost of $6,725. A caretaker is on duty during the summer months. The first caretaker (1923–1934) was Joseph Macatee "Mac" Olberman (1862–1946). With the help of volunteers, Olberman built a 950 yard long flagstone paved path leading uphill from Horse Camp to facilitate access to the Avalanche Gulch climbing route.[2] This structure still exists and is known as Olberman's Causeway.

The camp and the lodge are open year-round, even when no caretaker is on duty.[3]

Horse Camp is utilized as a mountaineering base camp for ascents of Mount Shasta by Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, the West Face Gully and other routes on the south and west side of the mountain.[4]

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Please subscribe. Thank you for watching! Jay: Well what do you want to talk about? Narrator: Well Jay, why don't you tell me about uh, 4-J and when this whole camp got started and maybe a little bit about how it got started.. and how you got involved. Jay: My name is Jay Laughlin I'm the oldest of the 4 J's.. there's 4 brothers Jay, Jimmy, Joey and Jeff. We've all been raised on a farm riding horses raising cattle. My family and some other people started this ride down at Van Buren, Missouri in 1968. And uh, we were down there for a few years and we had an old farm over the hill over here that was a, just settin' there. We were using it to run cattle on it and stuff. And we had some friends look at it and they said, well that's where you need to have your trail ride. And so we moved it over there in '72, built a campground and dining hall, and we were there till 2001 and then in 2002, in the fall of 2002 we built this campground. And we moved in over here. It's just a mile from here to the old campground. Narrator: And does the trail go back and see some of the old.. parts of it? Jay: Oh yea. The old campground is still settin' over there all that's left is a concrete slab and you can't... our government has control over it so it's growed up with brush. It don't even look like the same place, but uh, alot of memories down there on the river, we ride the same trail system as we've ridden for well, since 1972. Narrator: Now this year, I heard the camp sold out. How many different people from around the country are represented here? Jay: We have, a, our rides will vary from oh, 150 people to 350 people. And uh, I think the most states we ever had represented on a ride was 18, but then that's usually when we figure on Sunday night. But I think I figured up here yesterday that we're over 20 states on this ride. No kidding? As far as California, Washington, alot of the local states Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas you know we get alot of people from that area. And uh, but we've got them from everywhere.. Narrator: Now what kind of riders do you guys accommodate? I mean, can it be all styles... do you have to be on a horse for ever and ever to be able to ride these trails? Jay: To be honest, we get alot of people that just come down here to eat? Laughs.. My mom runs the kitchen back there, but, our trails, you can have everything from an intermediate ride you know a beginner ride around the bottom in the field, or we can get rough and go up over one of these bluffs, you know? And a, we've got all kinds of trails, you know everybody accuses me of being a little bit fast, a little bit rough, cause that's the way I like to ride, and a, but you know I don't ride that fast but we cover alot of ground and we go see alot of things. Our trail system was set up, we had organized rides for a long time. And people would come in, and we would ride all day or a half day, so we set up our trail system so we could get to a certain spot at a certain time, and have a truck meet us there to feed us lunch. And that's how it all got started. Since we don't do those rides like that anymore, we're not really organized rides; we just ride and it's an open camp and we're surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest And we provide the campground, the stalls the food and they come in and ride. Narrator: Yea, and I noticed you said your ma, she's in the kitchen with some more of your family? Jay: My brother Joey is helping her back there some this week and he also rides. Me and him both ride every day. Anybody that wants to go with us we just, we're out having a good time, and a, if friends wanna go with us they can go. I like how well organized it is too. Every day you post the daily schedule every day...what the chow times are and... what the campers can expect.. when the sewage is coming when the feed is coming... Jay: Yea. We try to keep them informed. We have events that happen throughout the week that are necessary to have a campground, but then we have fun events. Last night we had a band at night, we usually do that a couple night a week and we have dancing. We have, a, on Sunday we had a little horse show. A fun show. And we had about 25 or 30 people down there with horse and we have gaming events and pleasure classes. Something for everybody. And during the summer with the kids, the horse show is a big thing cause you know little kids like to come to the horse show, and most of them don't do that at home.. And then we do that on Sunday and then on Monday and Tuesday we have a band. And then on Wednesday night we have a little tack sale which is tonight. And we'll sell our tack out of our tack store. And then on Thursday, we don't have alot going on, but Thursday evening we have a birthday and anniversary party. Anybody that's go a birthday or anniversary this month signs up on our sheet. My ma makes a great big cake. And she decorates the cake and puts everyone's name on it. And we have cake and ice cream and when we get done we have bingo. Easy country fun.. Kind of winding it down after all the bands earlier in the week.. Also other rides, a, just like, this last ride we had a big group from Indianapolis here and we did a benefit for a bunch of kids that are out in Arizona, in Phoenix Arizona. They send them to a dude ranch camp kind of deal, and for a week, and a, I think they said it cost 150 dollars to send one of the kids and the dude ranch partnered with them a group called Wild Bunch. And they split it 50/50. And so 75 and 75 out of each group. And we had a little benefit deal, and country music singer Chris Janson who is out big right now. He has some big hits and is doing real well. He was raised down here as a kid. And they lived in south Missouri, and his mom and dad still come in here every year. At least once or twice, and they ride with us. Chris hadn't been down for a few years, but he's busy with his career, and gettin' things going. But he donated some items and other people at camp donated items and when we got done we raised 8,000 dollars for this benefit. In about an hour. We had a guitar that brought 1350 dollars signed by him, and you know, he's just startin' out but if he makes it big, some of that stuff they got will be worth alot of money, you know? The community really came together quickly on that one.. Oh man, the people down here didn't even know about it till it happened that day. You know, and I mean, we had it last year and before, but those are kinda just some of the things we do. And we got done having the auction and we turned around and had a cornhole tournament. Everybody played cornhole and everybody threw in 5 dollars in the hat and, a, I didn't allow teams to enter, everybody enters individually and we draw them out and that way its a social event you get to play with someone different. Every ride we mix it up. We'll have something different. Like Chuck says he's been down 3 or 4 times this year and a, we had something different, every ride has different dynamics to it. We have 6, seven day rides, or a, six, 6 day rides. If you move the camp... Laughs.. We tried that once. But no, we have alot, like I say alot of fun and there's always something goin' on. Being raised down here with all these people, I tell them all the time it started off as a group of family and friends gettin' together and having a good time. And I look around and see all my friends and see all the people that are here, and it's still a family and friends gettin' together and having a good time. And that's what makes it fun. You know I've got 4 kids, and they are all named J. And a, I got Joel, Jason, Jordan and Jesse and I gotta granddaughter named Jentry. I'm hopin' Jentry gets to be raised just like my kids were, you know? It's a great place to grow up. Narrator: Well, listen Jay, I appreciate it. That was alot of excellent information and.. If people want to learn more maybe about how they can get a reservation or... Jay: We have a website www.4-J.net I think is how it's set up. It's got our calendar, our schedule, like next year we're going to have a mule ride. We're going to have it in cooperation with our trail ride with our camp. We gotta alot of people coming in that are riding horses, but they are talking that we could have 300 people here. That will be pretty cool and impressive. The mule people they like to get out and ride. I'm sure there will be some on a beginner ride. Please subscribe.

References

  1. ^ http://www.sierraclub.org/foundation/horse_camp%7C Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp - The Sierra Club Foundation, retrieved September 19, 2009
  2. ^ Roper, Steve, photographs by Wilson, David Stark, Above All: Mount Whitney + California's Highest Peaks, Yosemite Association and Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59714-107-9
  3. ^ Porcella, Stephen F. and Burns, Cameron M., Climbing California's Fourteeners: The Route Guide to the Fifteen Highest Peaks, The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1998, ISBN 0-89886-555-7
  4. ^ Selters, Andy and Zanger, Michael, The Mt. Shasta Book: A Guide to Hiking, Climbing, Skiing, and Exploring the Mountain and Surrounding Area, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, 2006, ISBN 978-0-89997-404-0

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