July 23, 2016 by Steve 2 Comments The McCloud River: Relief from the Dog Days of Summer The McCloud River Preserve encompasses 2,330 acres surrounding this iconic mountain stream. All photos by author. Nothing picks up my spirits like a walk along a mountain stream during these hundred-degree days. The McCloud River is as good as it gets. I hope these photos from our recent hike through the McCloud River Preserve with the Shasta Land Trust will pick up your spirits during these dog days of summer. The McCloud owes its gorgeous turquoise-gray color to volcanic ash and glacial silt from spring-fed creeks on Mount Shasta’s southern slope. Riffles span the turquoise waters of the McCloud River. The McCloud is one of the premier fly-fishing streams in the western U.S. Riparian vegetation provides much-needed shade and cooler water temperatures for fish and other aquatic species living in the McCloud River. Kathy joins other hikers from the Shasta Land Trust on the banks of the McCloud River. The McCloud River Preserve offers miles of hiking trails. Riparian vegetation helps stabilize the banks of the McCloud River. Aah . . . The Indian rhubarb growing along the McCloud is the largest I’ve ever seen—an indication of a healthy river. Nearby Mount Shasta was enshrouded with clouds the day of our hike.