Updated February 2023
COS-01: Contrasting Volcanism at Mount Shasta and the Medicine Lake Volcano (July 9-12, 2023)
COS-02: Contrasting Volcanism at Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Parks (July 13-16, 2023)
COS-03: Geology of the Klamath Mountains (July 17-20, 2023)
This information is provided to assist participants in planning for the above Chautauqua courses on geology.
TRAVEL TO WEED, CA
For those not close enough to drive to Weed CA for the courses, one must fly to a nearby city, rent a car and then drive to Weed. Possibilities include: Redding CA (drive 75 miles south) [Airport Code: RDD], Medford OR (80 miles north) [Airport Code: MFR], Sacramento CA (220 miles south) [Airport Code: SMF], Eugene OR (255 miles north) [Airport Code: EUG], or San Francisco CA (295 south) [Airport Code: SFO]. All these airports are along Interstate 5 (except San Francisco: I-80 to I-505 then I-5). The shorter drives are at smaller airports with a more limited number of flight options. RDD has SkyWest dba United Express, and MFR has Alaska, Delta and United. The others have a full range.
Currently there are no rental car offices in Siskiyou County (where Weed is located.) The nearest places to rent cars are at the airports in Medford, Oregon, or Redding, California. For participants who would like to share a rented car with another participant, I will try to put people together well in advance. Please let me know early. Each course begins at 9 AM the first day and ends about 1 PM on the fourth day.
ADDITIONAL CHAUTAUQUA COURSE(S)
These three courses are offered nearly back-to-back at the same location. If you are enrolled in one and would like to add either of the others contact the COS Chautauqua Center at your earliest convenience. We will assume that there is no interest in this option if we have not heard from you by June 1. Contact information is given at the end of this sheet. Please note we have set a limit for participants at 18 in each course for better logistics including comfortable seating in the vans.
LODGING IN WEED, CALIFORNIA
For lodging we suggest the Hi-Lo Motel in Weed, CA. It is a 1950s-type local motel with some 40 rooms. The rooms are small but clean with attractive prices. They are giving us a corporate rate. They also have RV hook-ups, and a rather busy restaurant on site. We have stayed there and found it comfortable. Their web site with pictures lets you choose your specific room. However, to get the corporate rate (about $6 per night off the rack rate given on the web site) one must call to make a reservation. The web site is: www.hilomotel.com
One should look at the web site, select a room or several possibilities, and then call 530/938-2731 to reserve the room. This should be done early since they are not holding rooms for us, but they are giving us the corporate rate as long as rooms are available. [ON THE WEB SITE: from the home page click on “Make Reservations Online” to see pictures of some of the rooms. Put in your dates. It will show the rooms available with details and prices. Look for regular rooms with “Rack Rates” in the $70 range. Do not reserve here. We get a corporate rate of about $6 per night off the rack rate for regular rooms. This discount is only available by phone. Note the room or rooms you are interested in and then call 530/938-2731 and request “College of the Siskiyous Chautauqua program” to reserve the room.]
If you prefer a more familiar name hotel, there is a Motel 6 about a mile away. Or within a couple of miles there is a Comfort Inn and a Quality Inn. There are others; see the Motels and Hotels page from the Weed Chamber of Commerce but pay close attention to addresses because some of the motels listed (e.g. Best Western Tree House, Cold Creek Inn, Mount Shasta Inn and Suites) are in Mount Shasta City, about 10 miles south of Weed.
OPTIONAL CRATER LAKE CRUISE IN COURSE COS-02
Those in course COS-02 will spend one day on a trip to Crater Lake National Park to study the volcano. In the afternoon participants will have two options for their activity. One is a two-hour boat cruise that involves a 1.1-mile hike that is not for the medically or physically challenged. The tour is conducted by the Park's concessionaire, Xanterra, and costs $44 this year (not included in the registration fee for the class.) If you have not taken the tour before I highly recommend it, but there are a couple of things you should consider before opting for the cruise.
(1) We will be at the Park on Friday 14-July-2023 and because of our schedule if you wish to take the boat tour you need to be on the “standard lake cruise” that departs at 1:15 PM that day. It is easiest if participants pay me directly and then I purchase the tickets for the entire group (that way, if something changes everyone will still be on the same boat.) We will drop you off by 12:45 PM so that you have time to hike down to the dock before boarding begins.
(2) To reach the dock where the boats depart, you’ll be hiking down the 1.1-mile-long Cleetwood Cove trail that descends 700 vertical feet to the lake (from an elevation of 6900 feet to 6200 feet.) The trail is well graded and partly shaded by trees, but you'll want to bring water and a hat (especially for the hike back up.) There are bathrooms at the top and bottom of the trail. (Remember, the 1.1-mile hike back up from the lake is a 700-foot climb equivalent to some 70 flights of stairs.)
(3) The cruise lasts two hours and you'll be out in an open boat with lots of reflection from the lake surface, so wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a windbreaker in case the weather turns cool.
(4) Finally, the “standard lake cruise” does not stop at Wizard Island. If you want to visit the island you can come back another time and take the Wizard Island cruise or shuttle. Unfortunately, we don’t have time for this option during our day in the park.
The boat tour gives you a unique perspective on the geology of the caldera and is a lot of fun. For more information check out Standard Lake Tours on the concessionaire's website.
For folks who don’t wish to take the boat tour we will have alternate field trip stops along the eastern side of the caldera to study: the Cleetwood backflow, the Wineglass welded tuff and the spectacular compositionally graded pyroclastic flow deposits at The Pinnacles. The first two sites illustrate how quickly Mount Mazama’s climactic eruption progressed, whereas the third site dramatically illustrates the strong compositional zoning of the magma body that fed this eruption.
If you have any questions about these options please feel free to contact the instructor, Bill Hirt by email (email@example.com) or phone (530-925-2896).
If you are applying for course COS-02, please indicate which of these two options you want for that day when returning your acceptance form. If it is the Lake Tour, please include an additional check for $44 made out to William Hirt with ‘Crater Lake boat tour’ in the subject line when you send in your course fee. We will purchase your cruise ticket and have it for you when you arrive in July. Thank you.
For questions or to request an application form for any of the COS courses, please contact the College of the Siskiyous Field Center:
Dr. Bill Hirt, Director
COS Chautauqua Center
College of the Siskiyous
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: 530-925-2896 (cell)