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Poor Climbing & Skiing Conditions in Avalanche Gulch

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 8:15am

General Conditions

Some pictures showing how poor the climbing and skiing conditions on the south side are now (monday 4/12). 

Penitente's have formed in many areas above 10,600 ft. Lots of dust/dirt blown over the snow causing accelerated snow deformation. 

Encountered multiple boulders perched precariously, ready to fall when their snow support melts away.  (moved them to be more stable, but they're still going to go at some point)

Thank you Shasta Avy Center for all that you guys do :)


  • Poor snow on the E facing ski terrain below Helen
  • Trinities getting narrow at the choke
  • 1-2 ft Penitente's for 2000ft
  • Boulder1 supported temporarily for now until the snow melts.
  • Boulder2