Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

Day 1 – We left Santa Cruz for the first day of our 17 day summer trip to Washington State. After 6 hours of driving, we stopped at Shasta Lake Gregory Beach campground which is just a few miles off of I5.

Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

This great campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is along the shore of Shasta Lake. It has traditional campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, but they also allow campers to drive out to the lake shore and boondock next to the water’s edge. The short journey from the campsites to the lake shore can be a bit treacherous in the dark because of the rocks and ruts, but we were able to find a nice spot about 50 feet from the water.

Milky Way at Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

Milky Way at Shasta Lake

Since there are no towns nearby, the stars were stunning with the Milky Way visible.  In the morning we woke up to take the first look at our campsite.

Gianna and Brian Holle Boondocking at Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

Boondocking next to Shasta Lake

Gianna Holle having Morning Coffee at Shasta Lake Gregory Beach

Morning Coffee with a lake view

Breakfast Time

We packed up early Friday morning and headed into the town of Mt. Shasta where we ate breakfast at Seven Sons Coffee and Cafe.  This cafe gets great reviews on Yelp.

Gianna Holle at the Seven Sons Coffee and Cafe

Seven Sons Coffee and Cafe gets great reviews on Yelp

A nice cinnamon bun before our breakfast burrito arrived

A nice cinnamon bun before our breakfast burrito arrived

After breakfast we headed out for a long drive to one of Gi’s special fishing spots along the Crooked River in Oregon.

Night Stayed July 28, 2016

GPS Coordinates 40.886166, -122.372165

Things we learned

  • The water level in Shasta Lake was higher this year which allowed us to get closer to the shoreline.
  • The trains run along the Sacramento River so you may hear one or two trains rolling through the valley at all hours of the night.



  1. Adrian Ortiz

    What a great picture of the night sky!

    1. Brian Holle (Post author)

      Thanks Adrian. I’m still working on my photography skills to capture these beautiful moments but this one turned out nicely.

  2. Mike

    Sounds like it was a great start to what I hope was a fantastic trip. Can’t wait to see the rest of the trip.

  3. Dan Lust

    Hi Brian and Gianna…….You’re headed to Washington!…..yes?….can we try to get together……We are headed to the west side of the state soon to visit our son and family on Camano Island in Puget Sound……sure like to see you…..

    Dan (and Sandee)

    p.s. always enjoy your stories and pictures as you travel about in the Navion


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