We stopped at a large gravel parking lot on the way down the hill. A sign described it as the Mount Shasta Nordic (Ski) Center. It didn't look that promising but I felt we might see something of interest. Goldenrods and other flowers at the edge of the parking lot were hosting insects like this wasp on the right and a smaller insect on the left.
The next morning we drove up A10 on the west side of Mount Shasta. Much shadier than yesterday's locations. Tihs small plant was not well lit but looked interesting. I didn't see any basal leaves and no green leaves on the stem. At the time, I thought it was the dried remains of last year's plant. Looking at the photo on my computer, I thought that the plant was parasitic. I read that it might sometimes be parasitic. Quite an interesting discovery for me.