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We could hear the roar of Gravel Creek (creek that Hotlum Glacier empties into) from treeline as we hiked to the base of the Hotlum Glacier. It's hot, and the snow bridges are thining fast. Exposed dry glacier ice is visible as well as opening crevasses. Full glacier travel protocol and skills are necessary to consider this route.
There is good camping at 10,000 feet, where the toe of the glacier feeds into two tarns. Ample flowing water is available at this time, but the water is silty and may need filtration.
Today, a guided group climbed to 12,500 feet but turned back over concerns of sagging snow bridges and deteriorating conditions. Thanks for the photos and update, Jamie and Michael from Shasta Mountain Guides.