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North Side/Northgate Trailhead Access

Location Name: 
North Side/Northgate Trailhead Access
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 02/09/2022 - 2:30pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 30' 42.9372" N, 122° 11' 2.7132" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Access to the Northgate trailhead is limited due to snow. One can drive 5-5.5 miles up the road toward the trailhead. This leaves about 3.5-4 road miles to the trailhead. The north side has been hammered by wind, and it is easy to discern this. Icy patches can be seen from afar on the Hotlum/Bolam ridge route and Bolam glacier. These areas are NO FALL ZONES. Serious business, folks. We've seen slips and falls in these exact locations, resulting in serious injury and death. If you choose to climb these routes, be ready for the business. 

Military Pass is still closed and impassable. Snow grooming has been taking place along many of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile Trails. Best to access these from the other side, Pilgrim Creek Sno-Park.


  • North side, in view the Hotlum/Bolam, Bolam and Whitney Glaciers
  • The Hotlum/Bolam route with icy patches easily visible with the naked eye
  • North side
  • North side and Shastina
  • North side and Shastina
  • North side at the Whitney Creek and Hwy 97 crossing
  • North side from afar
  • Access to the Northgate trailhead ~5-5.5 miles up the road, just past the Military Pass and Andesite Road fork

Weather Observations


Clear, sunny and warm - status normal. No precip since January 8th. crying


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