Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information

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April 11, 2021 @ 6:00 am

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center has closed its doors for the 2020-2021 winter season. We will resume issuing daily avalanche advisories in the fall of 2021.

The climbing rangers will be updating the 'overall climbing conditions' and 'climbing route' webpages throughout the 2021 climbing season. For an overview of the most common springtime avalanche concerns, please read the full spring avalanche statement below.

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No current avalanche forecast is available

No current avalanche forecast is available

No current avalanche forecast is available

September 23, 2021

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Mt Shasta and most surrounding national forest lands are currently open. Please visit the Shasta-Trinity Nationl Forest homepage for remaining fire and debris flow closures. All trailheads are now open. Summit passes, wilderness permits and human waste "wag-bags" are available for self-issue at trailhead kiosks. 

Climbing on the mountain is not recommended at this time. Rockfall and steep, icy slopes on the glaciers are the main hazards. As the angle of the slope begins to increase on the upper mountain, so does the danger. A day hike up to mid-mountain level is reasonable, just make sure you're prepared with proper navigation tools and clothing. Weather will become increasingly inclement as Fall and Winter approach. BE PREPARED. At this point, a summit attempt is best saved for next Spring... but day hikes are great, especially on the smoke free days! Check out the mountain webcam on our homepage for the latest look. If you absolutely want to touch the summit this fall, check out the Clear Creek route. It is a low angle route and the best choice when conditions are as such.

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center (MSAC) has winter in sight with plans for full operations to begin in December. Just like last year, we will provide 7-day a week forecasts all season long, as well as FREE companion rescue and avalanche awareness courses. Check back in as the snow begins to fly for dates, times and locations. The non-profit, Friends of the MSAC group is also starting to simmer, planning several hella fun events for ya'll. Boy howdy are we psyched for some rain and snow after this doozy of a summer. Stay tuned powder people!


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