It’s time to give everyone (regardless of experience) another chance to get to the top of Mt Shasta, the second tallest volcano in the Cascades range in contiguous US. No real climbing experience necessary. Yes, we will approach not technical or as some say the least technical route (Grade I), with not even snow patches. But don’t underestimate the challenge; it’s still over 14,000 foot mountain on which the weather may change rapidly and put inexperienced climbers and hikers in trouble.
LAST UPDATE (10/07/13):
The conditions on Mt Shasta Clear Creek route have changed since the trip was announced, from no snow at all to new snow coverage above 10,000 feet. Therefore, ice axe and crampons are required above 10,000 feet and helmet is strongly recommended below 13,000 feet but a must on a higher and steeper slope. Self arrest skill is also required on steeper slopes covered with snow. Due to such conditions the round trip time will most likely be significantly longer. Summit is not guaranteed at all in a one day trip if we would like to be back at the TH before dark. MAKE SURE YOU ARRIVE EARLY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO ACCLIMATIZE PROPERLY BEFORE THE CLIMB.
As a bonus we might do a short hiking in the nearby forest across the highway 89, about 4 miles round trip with only 300 feet elevation gain, along McCloud River and explore three waterfalls. (There are picnic tables near each waterfall.)
Mt Shasta Clear Creek Trail
(Aproximately 5 miles and 7600 feet elevation gain one way)
Mt Shasta weather forecast (Elev. 12366 ft)
Pictures from our last trip to (Mt McLoughlin)and Mt Shasta via Clear Creek
$20 climbing permit per person or annual pass required; can be obtained at the TH (self registration) or at the Ranger Station in McCloud and Mt Shasta towns.
McCloud River’s Three Waterfalls
McCloud Falls: A Three Tier Waterfall
Current and from a last few days pics of Mt Shasta:
Snow Crest webcam
- Call[masked] for the daily conditions report 7 days a week (prerecorded message), 9am to 5pm PST.
- or The Fifth Season store at[masked]O, open Monday thru Friday from 9 - 6, Saturday from 8 - 6, and Sunday 10 - 5.
- Drive to Mt Shasta Clear Creek TH (no 4x4 or high-clearance car necessary).
- Start hiking/climbing at around 6am (or whatever time anyone prefers).
- Have a group dinner at the TH after return.
- A short easy hike along McCloud River.
- Drive back home.
As usually we will stay overnight at the TH (free, undeveloped, with a pit toilette but no water); unless, someone prefers otherwise.
Recommended experience for the summit:
Exposure to high altitude (14,000feet)
ON HIGHER ELEVATION AND STEEPER SLOPES COVERED WITH SNOW, PREVIOUS SNOW HIKING/CLIMBING EXPERIENCE AND SELF ARREST TEACHNIQE ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED OR EVEN REQUIRED IN CASE OF A FALL
REQUIRED GEAR AND SKILLS:
CRAMPONS AND ICE AXE ARE REQUIRED FOR SNOW TRAVEL (WHICH IS ABOVE 10,000 FEET) AND HELMET STRONGLY RECOMMENDED OR EVEN REQUIRED AS WELL AS SELF-ARREST SKILL ON STEEPER SLOPE IN CASE OF A FALL.
- Good hiking/backpacking and water resistant for snow travel shoes
- Tracking/ski poles
- Toe warmers
Bring some food, snacks and (cold) drinks to share with your teammates
Perhaps some music?
Let’s have fun and talk about our experiences and future trips
Carpool List Link (to be added later)
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