The Legends Behind This Northern California Mountain Will Keep You Up At Night

[Jill Sanford]

Northern Californians take pride in Mount Shasta. It towers above the surrounding hills and valleys, can be seen from miles away, and is just plain gorgeous. 

Many of locals in Northern California don’t know, however, just how many crazy stories and mysterious legends surround this iconic peak.

The Native American legend goes like this: Mount Shasta is inhabited by the spirit of Chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain's summit.

Skell fought with Spirit of the Below-World, Llao, who resided at Mount Mazama by throwing hot rocks and lava, probably representing the volcanic eruptions at both mountains...