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

May 16, 2021

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Greetings climbers! Despite some slightly cooler weather, moderate northeast winds, and few small afternoon thunderstorms, we haven't observed much change in conditions on the mountain. The weather pattern for the next week looks similar, with cooler temps and chances of thunderstorms most afternoons. Thursday (05.20.2021) looks most promising for measurable precipitation. Climbing and skiing traffic has been light, but a few parties have been making it to the summit. The word is out, and most climbers have heeded our warnings about the South Side routes and choose to climb Clear Creek and the Northside routes instead. A less than half of normal winter and a bunch of wind have left the mountain looking very dry. A climb of Mt. Shasta this year has more risk than usual with plenty of exposed rock and active rockfall. Remember, just like avalanches, rockfall is only possible on steeper slopes. For most routes, watch for rockfall between 10,000 and 12,000 feet or in any area where exposed rock looms above on steep slopes. On glaciated routes, large patches of hard ice exist, making self-arrest impossible. These are the main safety concerns at this time. Lastly, a reminder to PLEASE keep a clean camp and pack out your human waste. Have a great day!

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