The wheel bearing has finally arrived and I was at the trailhead today prepping the axel and checking the trail for blow down trees. All looks go for tomorrow. Assuming we don’t get to much snow on the trail from tonight’s storm. I will get there by 9:30 am and if the trail is not workable then we will post it on our website right away. Should be nice in Mount Shasta by mid-day. Hope to see you there. Pat
I am so mad at our US Postal Service. A bearing for the cart was shipped on Monday Nov. 31st with 2 day shipping and is still somewhere between Sac. and Yreka! I recommend that if you run a business don’t count on the USPS to get it on time, go with UPS or FedEx. I am so sorry for those that called for this Sat. If the part comes in Sat. I will try and have it in and be operating by Sunday. I will post a new blog Sat to update for Sunday. Frustrated!!!!
Due to wet weather on Thursday and Thursday night we plan to resume our cart rides Sat. the 7th of Dec. There is some snow predicted so I will be checking out the trail and for blow downs or limbs obstructions. We had so much fun giving cart rides Thanksgiving week, cant’ wait for this weekend with a little fresh snow on the trail. Thank you for your patience. I will update this post after I see the conditions on Friday. Pat
Currently closed this Sunday the 29th for Cart Repair – Bearing replacement – We apologize for this inconvenience. Check back for reopening time and date. We hope to repair this quickly, hopefully we will back in full operation for our normal days, starting again this Weds. We will be open regular days all the way until we move up near the snow park sometime in Mid Dec. when we will have snow to switch over to the sled snow tours.
We are starting our Cart Rides as of Oct 28th. There will be some bad weather days as we progress through the fall so if the is a doubt to whether we are in operation that day or not…….there is an easy solution………………… Just go to our easy access ” Reservation and Calendar Page” and scroll down to our calendar. If we are not going to be at the trailhead that day then there will be a “No Rides..Weathered Out” posted on that date.
If there still is “Rides” posted then that means that I expect it will be mild weather and there will be ample periods of clear weather during the day to be able to go on our approx 25 minute rides. See you at the trailhead.
We have changed our opening date to Weds., Oct. 28th. We are still catching up on a few things from a long fire season and so when we start we will be best prepared to serve you. Click on this video to see what you can be a part of.
Dogsled Express is very excited to announce that starting in Oct. of 2015 we are adding a new adventure to the Mount Shasta area. Sled dog powered dry land cart rides, only 5 minutes from downtown Mount Shasta! Experience the same excitement and power that winter sled dog rides offer, without the cold. The very reasonable cost makes it affordable to most for the approx. 25 minute ride. Our custom built (Arctis) cart gives a very secure and smooth ride while at the same time allowing the driver the opportunity to go as fast as the riders are comfortable with. Cost will be $25 for adults and $20 for kids under 10 years of age and under 100 lbs. If you have a group of 10 or more, kids prices are reduced to only $15!
The trail start out running through a tree plantation, then a wonderful stand of timber onto a smooth road, an exciting turnaround loop and back to the start with great views and photo opportunities of the dogs with our beautiful Mount Shasta in the background.
Folks of all ages enjoy the sheer power and excitement of the dogs. These rides are perfect for groups like church outings, group adventures, Boy and Girl Scout events, family fun time, and much more. We encourage passengers to share love with the dogs after the ride. Pat will either talk about his mushing experiences or if you want, just enjoy the quiet of the dogs on the trail doing want they love most……….running and sharing time with you. For more info, please go to our Page on Dog cart rides. (being built)
This is a comment from a recent Dogsled Express Client that I thought I should share.
We really enjoyed our sledgog cart rides with Pat and his team during Memorial Day weekend. Our group people were from 13-year-old girl to 78 -year – old grandmother. Everyone was very happy with our unforgettable adventure.
We skipped our breakfast to start earlier for our rides. Dogs were so lovely. The cart was so fast on dry land with 12 dogs. Pat was sharing his dogs’ stories with us.
Thank you very much Pat and your team.
Can’t wait to start the cart rides next fall. We will be posting more info and pictures in the next couple of weeks. It is so fun!
Dogsled Express moved into a new sport for us this last week and weekend. I traveled to La Pine Oregon to pick up our new cart custom built Arctis Dog Cart for giving rides powered by the dogs. Then I had a couple of days training with help of my dear friend Kassandra Spalding and we were giving rides this last weekend. The common theme from passengers was that the couldn’t believe how much more fun it was than expected. We even had a couple of teenagers say that! And you know what really surprised me was how much fun the dogs and I were having. The cart handles smoothly but you have to stay focused on the steering because it is so responsive.
The only bad part of the weekend was the temperatures started turning warm so we will be holding off on any more rides until sometime in early October. We will be working to get the word out of the exciting new outdoor family fun, the sport of dryland sled dog powered cart rides. I can already see how dryland cart rides will be perfect for kids birthday parties, boy and girl organizations, church activities etc. We are taking reservation for next fall so line up your (troop) or family for a fun outing with us at any time. Follow procedure from our Reservation Page. There is no deposit for cart rides.
We can’t wait for fire season to be over and the temperatures drop again so we can give lots more cart rides.
This picture is a cart similar to ours except in color. Ours is silver and red and has a full bench seat in the back with a captains chair up front. We will be posting pictures and videos of our cart rides soon. Please spread the word to your friends.
We will be doing our final practice runs today, to getting ready to start giving cart rides Sat. the 23rd. Rides will most likely be done by noon because of the warmer temps. We will be shutting down for the day when the temps start to get above 62 degrees, depending also upon the humidity.
Prices for the approx. 20 to 25 minute rides will be $20 per person. If you have a group of 10 or more, then kids (10yrs and younger and less than 100 pounds), will be reduced to $15. There is maximum weight of 300 lbs. in the cart. Rides start by 8am. I believe we can be ready to do a ride about every 45 minutes to an hour, depending upon how many dogs need to be replaced by a fresher dogs. One adult and two kids or two midsized adults can go at one time, or two small adults and a small child. Four smaller kids may be able to go together. This cart is designed for kids and mid sized adults. Large folks(over 200 lbs.) are not suggested except maybe on slow days with cold weather, so we can take you out individually.We are working out on how much we can haul with how many dogs. We will be perfecting the logistics for a while, so please be patient so we can over time offer the best sled dog powered cart ride on the West Coast. As far as I know Dogsled Express will have the only solely, dog powered (some use golf carts with engines) cart ride on the whole West Coast. Which means we will be using large teams of 12 to 14 dogs on each ride!
Our location is only 5 minutes from the downtown intersection of the City of Mount Shasta! Just follow the Everett Memorial Highway past the High School just over 1 mile. We are located on the left side of the road by the big trailer and dogsled ride signs. You can’t miss it.
Reservations can be made by going to our Make Reservations Page on our website. Just follow directions and please fill in the # of people interested and their weights. No deposit is needed for cart rides. Spontaneous rides are encouraged, so it is first come first served although reservations are priority. If you are late for your reservation and there are folks there ready to go, we will not wait on the reservation people. The reservation group will have to wait for the next available time slot.
Dogsled Express doesn’t provide helmets for riders so if you feel for you or your children then feel free to bring your own. Our insurance does not require passengers to wear a helmet or D/E to provide helmets. All passengers are required to sign a Hazardous Release Form. Parents and guardians must sign this form for minors. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.