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Avalanche Gulch

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, West Face, Cascade Gulch
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 12:00pm
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

It was cold and windy in Avalanche Gulch this morning. Clouds didn't part from the upper reaches of the mountain until 1:30 or later. The route is snow-free until 9500 feet. It looks like there was a bit of fresh snow that was deposited from this weekend's storm, but the main concern over the next few days is the new coat of rime ice plastered on the Redbanks and steep rocky outcroppings. The next few days will bring clear skies. Cold temperatures and low freezing levels are forecasted so be prepared for firmer than expected snow that may last later in the day. Once warmer temperatures do arrive, keep your head on a swivel and look for signs of rapid warming and the potential for that rime ice or rock to funnel down the Gulch. 


  • Clouds swirled around the upper reaches of Shasta for most of the day.
  • Looking up towards Lake Helen from 9500 feet.