Interstate 5 southbound passes over Shastina Drive within the town of Weed, one mile north of the Exit 745 diamond interchange with South Weed Boulevard and East Vista Drive. South Weed Boulevard parallels the freeway southward from U.S. 97 & Business Loop Interstate 5 through to Sugar Pine Road and Black Butte Drive in south Weed. Weed is a young city, founded on January 25, 1961, with a population of 3,100. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Exit 745 departs Interstate 5 southbound for South Weed Boulevard north and Vista Drive east to Shastina Drive and Black Butte Drive. South Weed Boulevard doubles northward to the Exit 746 diamond interchange with U.S. 97 & Business Loop I-5 near Boles Street. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Weed lies west of the dormant volcano Mount Shasta. Rising to a height of 14,162 feet, the peak is snow covered most of the year. The town arch features the mountain prominently above the town name Weed. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Interstate 5 leaves Weed and approaches the Exit 743 diamond interchange with Truck Village and Summit Drives. Truck Village Drive travels south from Weed and Black Butte Drive to the freeway and Summit Drive. Summit Drive continues the roadway parallel to Interstate 5 south. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Button copy mileage sign listing the distances to the California capital city and Mount Shasta City (Exit 740). Photo taken 04/01/05.
Southbound at the Exit 743 ramp departure to Truck Village Drive north to Weed and Summit Drive south to Deetz Road west and Abrams Lake Road. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Black Butte rises to 6,325 feet adjacent to Interstate 5 between Weed and Mount Shasta City. The freeway crests at 3,912 feet across Black Butte Summit nearby. Photos taken 04/01/05.
Departing the freeway next is Exit 741 for Abrams Lake Road on Interstate 5 south. Abrams Lake Road travels across the freeway between Old Stage Road (Old U.S. 99) and Spring Hill Road, an northbound side frontage road. Abrams Lake itself lies near the crossing of Old Stage Road and the Southern Pacific Railroad line to the west. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Interstate 5 continues southward from the Abrams Lake Road diamond interchange one mile to Mount Shasta City. Travel interests to California 89 south for McCloud and Mount Lassen should remain on the freeway through to Exit 736. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Exit 740 leaves Interstate 5 in the form of a partial "Y" interchange onto Business Loop Interstate 5 (North Mount Shasta Boulevard). North Mount Shasta Boulevard ventures southeast to the one-way street couplet of Chestnut and Walnut Streets in downtown. Business Loop I-5 follows Ream Avenue south from there to South Mt. Shasta Boulevard and junction California 89. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Interstate 5 travels west of downtown Mt. Shasta City and meets Lake Street via the Exit 738 partial-cloverleaf interchange. Lake Street continues Hatchery Lane east from Old Stage Road to Chestnut & Walnut Streets in downtown and Everett Memorial Highway. Mount Shasta City began in 1854 as the town of Berrydale, named after the wild strawberry fields growing nearby. J.H. Sisson owned a lodge there in 1887 and platted the town site for the arrival of the railroad line. Residents voted to change the town name to Mount Shasta City in 1922. 5,700 people call the town home. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Interstate 5 and Business Loop Interstate 5 (South Mt. Shasta Boulevard) both continue south to meet California 89 at the trumpet and partial "Y" interchanges of Exit 736. California 89 begins here and travels east nine miles to McCloud. The state highway continues east from there to Kinyon, Bartle, and Pondosa in southern Siskiyou County. Further along California 89 is the trek through Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park entrance lies 92 miles southeast at the split of California 44 and 89. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Interstate 5 leaves Mount Shasta City and intersects Mott Road midway between California 89 and Dunsmuir. Pictured here is the 0.75-mile guide sign for Exit 732 (Dunsmuir Avenue / Siskiyou Avenue). Dunsmuir Avenue represents Business Loop Interstate 5 and the old U.S. 99 through Dunsmuir. Siskiyou Avenue loops along the east side of Interstate 5 through Dunsmuir. Photos taken by Jerry Mullady (03/00).
Business Loop Interstate 5 (Dunsmuir Avenue / old U.S. 99) parallels Interstate 5 closely through central Dunsmuir. Pictured here is the Exit 730 off-ramp onto Dunsmuir Avenue at the Siskiyou Avenue over crossing. Siskiyou Avenue ends at Dunsmuir Avenue near Pioneer Way to the right. Business Loop I-5 merges back onto the freeway in one third of a mile. Photo taken 04/01/05.