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South Side Conditions Update

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 3:30pm
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

A quick-moving thunderstorm brought strong winds and little precip to the Mount Shasta area this past weekend (6/28-6/29).  Snow surfaces were firm and icy. Notable rockfall occurred all day. 

Climbing and skiing conditions are beginning to look like a late-season snowpack on the South Side routes. There are many signs that the snowpack is shallow and quickly deteriorating.   Dry camping exists at Lake Helen. There is running water, but bring enough fuel to melt snow in case the flow is interrupted due to cold temperatures.   Please pack out everything you pack in and keep your camp clean. The southeast side of the camp is where climbers can go to the bathroom and use pack out bags in privacy. 

Climbers getting lost in whiteout conditions is one of the top search and rescue incidents we get every year. Summer thunderstorms are a common occurrence. Always come prepared and check the weather. The National Weather Service's Recreational Report is an excellent place to start. Have "mountain sense" and make sound decisions. DO NOT climb into a whiteout.  For more information, call 530-926-4511 to speak with the knowledgeable front desk personnel.