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South Side Conditions Update

Climbing Route(s): Avalanche Gulch, Sargents Ridge, Green Butte Ridge
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:30am
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

Traveled up to upper moraine in Avalanche Gulch elevation 11,300 feet. Clear sunny skies and low wind were observed throughout the day.  Many climbers summited and reported stronger winds on the upper mountain. Snow surfaces are smooth and firm in the morning. Conditions are ideal for crampon use. Beware of falling rime ice, many large ice chunks have fallen from the Red Banks near 12,000 feet. Many cliff features around the mountain are caked in thick rime that can loosen with warming temperatures. Warming temperatures also raise the concern of loose-wet Avalanches.  



  • Skier triggered loose-wet Avalanche NW Green Butte ridge ~ 9,000 feet
  • Climbers camp at Lake Helen 10,400 feet
  • The parking lot at Bunny Flat tends to fill up quickly on the weekends. Please be courteous and do not block vehicles.
  • Looking up Avalanche Gulch from Lake Helen 10,400 feet