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

July 25, 2021

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**SPECIAL NOTE: Forest Closure Order due to Lava Fire – please note Mt. Shasta closure area. The north side of Mount Shasta, including Northgate and Whitney Falls wilderness trailheads, remains closed. Brewer Creek, Clear Creek, Bunny Flat, Sand Flat, and Old Ski Bowl trailheads are now open. Mud and debris are flowing across Pilgram Creek Road (HW 13). Please use the Esperanza (40N35Y) to access the east side wilderness trailheads.

This season, a climb of Mt. Shasta has more risk than usual due to rockfall and icy, slick glaciers. Watch for rockfall (and wear a helmet) on or below any steep slope. Most climbers have re-directed to the east side routes from the Clear Creek and Brewer Creek trailheads due to the poor climbing conditions on the south and west side. There is very little seasonal snow remaining on the mountain. On glaciated routes, large patches of hard ice exist, making self-arrest darn near impossible. It's hot, and more dry glacial ice and open crevasses are becoming exposed. These are the main safety concerns at this time.

Don't let summer weather lull you into poor planning. Always check the weather before you go. You may start your climb in shorts and a tee-shirt at the trailheads, but conditions are different up high on a 14,179-foot peak. There are many good weather links under our weather tab. Check it, and be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment. 

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