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North Side Access Update

Location Name: 
Mount Shasta
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 03/24/2022 - 11:30am
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Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 28' 6.9096" N, 122° 10' 26.3172" W
California US

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North Side Road Access


Road and trailhead access information. Please be advised that many of the roads on the west, north and east sides of the mountain have been compromised due to 2021 mud flows and winter wash-outs within the Lava Fire footprint on the west side. A 4x4 vehicle is definitely recommended. 

Northgate Trailhead:  One can drive within 1.5 miles of the trailhead before snow is met. The trailhead is closed, but you can still access the Mt. Shasta Wilderness. Please get your summit pass, wilderness permit and human waste bags at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station. The routes on the North side look in decent shape, but expect icy patches like we've been seeing in years past. These icy sections are NO FALL ZONES. If you slip and fall and can't self arrest immediately, you will take a life-threatening tumble. Expert ice axe and crampon use and/or roped travel is recommended. These routes are NOT for novice climbers. 

Military Pass (from Hwy 97): It is possible to drive about a mile and a half past the 42N16 and 43N19 split with a 4x4 vehicle. It is NOT possible to make it over Military Pass to Highway 89. Military Pass is in decent shape.

Bolam Trailhead: This road is within the Lava Fire footprint and is severely compromised due to wash-outs. See map screenshot for my high point/snow line. A 4x4 is absolutely necessary. 

Whitney Falls Trailhead: This road is open to the trailhead, and rough. A moderate to high clearance vehicle recommended. This trailhead is within the Lava Fire footprint. The trail to the falls has been compromised and may be more difficult to follow. Travel at your own risk and carry navigation tools.

Diller Canyon: Access on roads to the mouth of Diller Canyon has improved due to the Lava Fire. Parking is at approximately 6,300 feet before snow is met. Consistent skinning can be found near 7,300 feet. Diller Canyon still has consistent snow for its entirety as of 3.24.22.


  • Northside viewed on 3.23.22
  • Northside of Shastina on 3.23.22
  • On 3.23.22, one can drive to within ~1.5 miles of the trailhead. Blue dot on map represents high point. A burley 4x4 could make it a bit farther.
  • End of the line on the Northgate Trailhead road, 1.5 miles from the TH.
  • Northside, Hotlum/Bolam route in view
  • Shastina/Diller Canyon
  • Military Pass is still closed, was able to get 1 mile past the 42N16 and 42N19 split. A 4x4 could make it a little further.
  • Blue dot representing the end of the line approximately on the Military Pass road
  • Blue dot representing snow line, heading toward the Bolam Trailhead. This road is severely compromised due to the Lava Fire and wash outs. A 4x4 absolutely recommended.
  • Northside from afar

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