Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information

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May 30, 2020 @ 7:11 am

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center has closed the doors on the 2019-2020 winter season. We will resume issuing daily avalanche forecasts in the fall of 2020. For an overview of the most common springtime avalanche concerns, 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 30, 2020

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The Mount Shasta Wilderness area closure order has been lifted, and normal use is permitted. That said, nice weather doesn't mean the Coronavirus is over. All individuals living in the State of California are (still) currently ordered to stay at home. Click here for California Coronavirus Response information.

Recently, warm days continue to melt the snow quickly, and poor overnight re-freeze has left mushy and sticky snow at lower elevations. Elsewhere, snow textures are variable with wind-sculpted sastrugi, packed powder, and mixed patches of smooth melt-freeze corn snow. Skiing is still possible on the South Side of Mount Shasta however, one must carry skis over a number of large rocky sections to gain access to continuous snow. As the summer trails begin to melt out, PLEASE stay on path as best you can in an effort to limit resource degradation. On the south side, the trail is marked to Horse Camp and we are asking all traffic to please take this trail for the remainder of the season.

A series of thunderstorms are scheduled to move into the area this morning and linger throughout the weekend (05/30). Be prepared. Always check the weather before you climb. The National Weather Service's Recreational Report is an excellent place to start. Have "mountain sense" and make sound decisions. DO NOT climb into a whiteout. 

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