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West Face

Climbing Route(s): West Face
Trailhead(s): Bunny Flat
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 1:15pm
Position: 
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

The approach to Hidden Valley from Bunny Flat is mostly snow free as of Tuesday afternoon, May 17th 2022. If skiing it's worth wearing shoes on the approach to Hidden Valley. The trail is easy to follow, please try to stay on it. There are good camp sites on snow in Hidden Valley. The ascent up the West Face is straight forward and in great condition. The snow was firm in the morning and softened between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. depending on elevation and aspect. The snow surface is fairly smooth overall. Most of the route has been going through a melt freeze cycle since the last observation on May 15th. The upper thousand feet was an unsupportable wind crust with cold snow underneath with 4-8" of boot penetration. There's a good zigzagging bootpack all the way up now. Sticking to the more southerly facing parts of the face (skiers right) on the way down provided more consistent turns. Expect some falling rime ice as the day warms and sun hits the ice. Ski conditions could be easy or challenging depending on the time of day. Be prepared for anything from refrozen firm snow, corn, breakable crust, and glop. Time your descent properly and ski in control so an abrupt change of snow consistency doesn't send you on a tumbling wipeout. See pictures for more detail. 

Photographs

  • Approach to Hidden Valley.
  • Nearing Hidden Valley.
  • Hidden Valley, West Face, Shastina.
  • West Face, Casaval Ridge.
  • Casaval Ridge from the North.
  • West Face.
  • Upper West Face.
  • Shastina.
  • Misery Hill, Summit.
  • Snow conditions in early afternoon.
  • Near Hidden Valley, early afternoon.