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Hotlum/ Wintun & Hotlum Glacier

Climbing Route(s): Hotlum Glacier, Hotlum/Wintun Snowfield
Trailhead(s): Brewer Creek
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Friday, July 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

General Conditions

Climbing, skiing, and riding are all still possible from the Brewer Creek trailhead. Today, a patrol from trailhead to the tongue of the Hotlum Glacier brought to light the good climbing conditions on the glaciers and good skiing conditions on Hotlum Wintun snowfield. 

For those looking to ski and ride, be aware, sun cups and regular gaps between snow fields exist below 10,000 feet.  Above 10,000 feet skiing and riding conditions are smooth. For folks looking to stay the night, water was encountered at roughly 9,200 feet on the climbers trail.  Water run off from the Hotlum glacier was also abundant, but rather far from the 10,400 foot bivy and tent sites on the Hotlum/Wintum. For skiers and riders staying at Hotlum/ Wintun bivy site, snow is still the most reliable source of water.  

Crampons, an ice axe and the ability to properly use them are required for those looking to recreate safely on the Hotlum/ Wintun.

***Summit Passes (required for travel above 10,000 feet), Wilderness Permits and Human Waste Pack-out Bags are available at the Brewer Creek Trailhead.***  

Have fun and stay safe!


  • Holtum Glacier.
  • Hotlum Wintun Route from 7,800 feet.