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Clear Creek

Climbing Route(s): Clear Creek
Trailhead(s): Clear Creek
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 12:00pm
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

The road to the Clear Creek trailhead is now snow-free and cleared of downed logs. 4x4 is not required but recommeded to drive to the trailhead. The bottom portion of the route is still holding snow in patches. Try to stay on the defined trail whenever possible to reduce erosion. Once the ridge opens up, you will be jumping between big, wind drifted snow berms and trail - see photos below. Three miles in, you enter the Clear Creek basin. There are a few spots in the basin and more on the ridge above, climbers left, that are snow-free. Try to camp in sites that have been used previously, many have rocks already on site to anchor a tent. Respect the no camping signs and tread lightly near the spring. The spring is flowing strong. Above the basin, the route navigates through patches of snow and scree. Once above the basin, you are exposed to any and all natural elements. Plan ahead and prepare for changing weather conditions. 


  • View of the upper mountain from the trail
  • View from Clear Creek Basin
  • View up to the ridge where more camping is available.
  • Tread lightly in this area.
  • Snow berms across the trail
  • Clear Creek spring
  • A few camping sites in the basin itself