Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information

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April 14, 2019 @ 6:48 am

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center has closed its doors for the 2018-2019 winter season. We will resume issuing daily avalanche advisories in the fall of 2019.

The climbing rangers will be updating the 'overall climbing conditions' and 'climbing route' webpages throughout the 2019 climbing season. Avalanche activity will likely continue to occur this spring throughout the advisory area. 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

September 11, 2019

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REQUIRED TO CLIMB MT SHASTA: Summit pass ($25 and required above 10,000 feet, even if you don't plan on going to the summit), wilderness permit (free) and human waste pack-out bag. All of these items are available for self-issue at all open trailheads or the Mt Shasta/McCloud Ranger Stations and The Fifth Season store in downtown Mt Shasta. Have your pass handy as rangers will check. Packout your human waste. It is required. Waste receptacles are provided at all trailheads. All trailheads are open with full access. Expect rough roads. Four wheel drive is not necessary, but medium to high clearance recommended.

    Mount Shasta is hosting late season climbing conditions. Observations and updates of this advisory will be less frequent as we enter into the Fall season. Late season conditions means that rock fall is likely, sun cups on any remaining snow are plentiful, and loose, rocky slopes are gaining size as snow melts. Slips and falls on snow can often lead into rocks. This greatly exacerbates a slip/fall consequence. Outfitter guides have ceased trips on the south and west side routes. The Clear Creek route is the best option for late season climbs, but don't take it lightly. Numerous lost climbers, slip and fall accidents and fatalities have occurred on this route in the past. The routes from the Brewer Creek trailhead and Northgate trailhead are still in decent shape. All ridge routes are mostly melted out and involve loose rock scrambling, potentially knocking rocks onto climbers below. Skiing on the mountain is possible, but expect to hike to +/- 11,000 feet as well as navigate large sun cups, icy patches, and rocks.

    Climbing Mount Shasta does not get easier or safer this time of year. Improper footwear/equipment and failure to stay on route have led to a number of rescues over the last few weeks. We can not stress this enough: plan accordingly and carry the proper equipment, i.e. an ice axe, crampons and helmet, proper footwear, navigation tools, etc.  Be on the lookout for afternoon thunderstorms and plan your climb accordingly. 

    Camp cleanliness and overall mountain sanitation are very important to us and other climbers. When traveling in the wilderness, always follow leave no trace principles.  Minimize your impact. Plan ahead and prepare. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Depose of waste properly (it's required). Leave what you find. Always respect wildlife. Many day hikers have been exploring lower elevation trails on the mountain. As summer trails continue to melt out, please stay on path to limit resource degradation. Camp at least 100 feet away from water sources. Stay off fragile vegetation as best you can. The growing season for this delicate ecosystem is very short, especially this year!

    Check the weather and monitor as you climb. The NWS Rec Forecast is a good place to start as well as the NWS Discussion

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