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Clear Creek Route Update
Currently, we are witnessing late summer conditions on the Clear Creek route. The only water available will be found at the spring just above 8000 ft in the meadow. Most people have been camping in this area. Beyond the spring area, the route is dry, so plan accordingly with water. Having good sturdy footwear, small gaiters to keep rocks out of your boots, hiking poles and a helmet are a good idea if you do plan on attempting this route.
Not a lot has changed on this route in the past month, but what has remained constant are the crowds of people climbing on the weekends. As a result, we have also found a lot of macro-trash, micro-trash, and human waste pack-out bags left behind. If you plan on camping in the spring area, try to stay off of the alpine grasses and vegetation around the spring, as these are very fragile and take a long time to grow back. Please do your part and Leave No Trace and help keep the Mount Shasta Wilderness clean. Camping within 100 feet of water, leaving behind refuse, failure to have a summit pass and failure to use your human waste pack out bag are all citable offenses. No ranger likes to be the ticket police, but we are tired of picking up after messy climbers!
Summit Passes, Wilderness Permits, and Pack-out bags can be found at the ranger station and trailhead.