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

No current avalanche forecast is available

June 24, 2019

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TO CLIMB MT SHASTA, YOU NEED: Summit pass ($25 and require 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 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.

Climbing conditions continue to be good on Mount Shasta. As we move into summer conditions will begin to deteriorate, however, due to a stellar winter season condition are holding well.  Some rockfall has been witnessed as well as a few loose-wet slides on hot days. As for the weather, this weekend looks pretty nice. As always, check the weather yourself and monitor as you climb. The NWS Rec Forecast is a good place to start as well as the NWS Discussion. Even though the skies are clear, sometimes wind can be a factor. Current snow surfaces are smooth and firm on the upper mountain. While great for skiing and climbing, these conditions have also resulted in several "slide-for-life" slip and fall incidents over the past several weekends. Don't underestimate the importance of proper self-arrest, ice axe and crampon use. Wear a helmet. Low elevation snow is melting quickly and cereal bowl sized sun cups have formed below 9,000 feet on most aspects. Bunny Flat, Northgate, Clear Creek, and Brewer Creek trailheads are open. Climbers can get summit passes, wilderness permits and waste bags for self-issue at these trailheads. Currently, you can drive all the way into Northgate and Clear Creek, but Brewer Creek trailhead is blocked by snow approximately a half mile out.  Consistent snow can be found above 7,000 feet.

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