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This is a risky and strenuous hike. By joining this hike you assume and accept all risks associated with climbing a difficult and risky climb. Please read “Disclaimer” section below before accepting.
Gain: ~7,300 feet
Distance: ~11 miles, round trip
We'll follow Avalanche Gulch route:
Skills Required: Mountaineering and scrambling.
Day 1 (6:00am): Drive from Seattle to California and stay in hotel/motel in Shasta town.
Day 2 (8:00am): Hike from Bunny Flat TH (6,940’) to Horse Camp (7,900’), then follow Avalanche Gulch route to Helen Lake (10,443’). Set up tents at Helen Lake, and go to bed early (by 5:00pm).
Day 3 (2:00am): Alpine Start from Helen Lake (10,443’), go up to Red Banks (12,800') and then push to the summit (14,179'). Spend an hour at summit, come back down to Helen Lake, wrap up tents and hike out. Spend the night in hotel/motel either in Shasta town or drive up north till Eugene (Oregon).
Day 4 (9:00am): Drive from Shasta town (or Eugene, Oregon) for Seattle. We'll reach Seattle late night.
What we'll do:
Goal of this hike is to have a successful summit. So we might change the date of this hike as weather forecast is confirmed; we might do this hike a weekend before or after the scheduled date. So please keep your schedule open. Also note, you'll have to take 2 days off from work (Thursday and Friday).
We'll rent a 12-seater Van, which will be able to accommodate up to 8 people max (extra space needed for backpacks/luggage). If people want to carpool together in their personal cars, that's fine too as long as they can meet us at 7:45am at Bunny Flat TH on Day2.
We'll have to spend 2 nights in hotel/motel (one night in Shasta town on Day1, and one night in Shasta town or Eugene, Oregon on Day3). We'll share rooms (2 people per room) in order to reduce cost.
With rental car, gas, insurance, 2 nights motel stay, and Summit Pass ($25) … total cost would be between $300-$350 per person approximately.
Climbing helmet, headlamp (with extra batteries), Wind protection (face-mask or balaclava), sunglasses, warm gloves, rain jacket, warm layers, mountaineering boots, gaiters, crampons, ice-axe, hiking poles, sleeping bag, ear-plugs, emergency bivy, Blue bags, sunscreen, snow shovel, cooking stove, fuel, and 10-essentials.
4-season tent, water-filter, etc
Group hikes before Shasta climb:
We'll do following group hikes to build up stamina and learn different skills:
1 - Overnight snow camping at Skyline Lake.
2 - Mailbox hikes with 20, 25, 30 and 35 pack.
3 - Camp Muir hikes with at least 30 lbs backpack.
S.O.A. is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Signing up for any S.O.A. organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all S.O.A. organizers and leaders in the event of an injury or loss.