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Clear Creek

Climbing Route(s): Wintun Ridge, Clear Creek
Trailhead(s): Clear Creek
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 2:30pm
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

The Clear Creek route is melting out quickly but crampons are still recommended due to patchy snow/ice.  The first large snow patch is near 10,200 feet. Above that, follow the dirt/scree climbers' trail to a second large snow patch (see photo). You can climb a snow-filled chute or traverse right to the upper Wintun Glacier where crampons will be needed once again. 

Camp at 8500' if you want running water but a longer summit day or near 10,000' where some dry bivys exist.  Expect to melt snow from a nearby snowfield or carry from the spring if choosing one of the higher sites.  (Photos below)

$25 Summit Passes, free Wilderness Permits, and human waste pack-out bags can be procured at the Clear Creek Trailhead.  You need all three to climb Mt. Shasta.

Enjoy the climb and the views, Leave-No-Trace and be safe! 


  • Spring is running at 8500' Camp
  • Higher bivy sights can be found from 9,600'-10,000'. These are dry camps. Nearby snow fields can be used to melt snow for water.