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April 22, 2018
Mount Shasta is transitioning from winter to spring. Avalanche advisories have ceased as of April 15th. Still, check the avalanche advisory and read the spring statement. A number of climbers have made sucessful attempts at the summit via Avalanche Gulch recently. Variable conditions still exist. Other routes/aspects of the mountain host prolonged approaches.
Expect to find a mix of soft wet snow, melt-freeze and sun crusts, and firm icy snow surfaces. Over the next few weeks, snow will become firmer and more supportable, frozen at night and soft during the day. Falling rime ice from the Trinity Chutes and Red Banks may be a concern as temperatures rise during the day. Wear a helmet and be prepared for quick maneuvering. Bring an ice axe and crampons with the knowledge to use them. Do not let spring-like conditions lull you into complacency. Spring storms can quickly bring winter-like conditions back to the mountain. Check the avalanche advisory and the mountain weather forecasts before you climb. If avalanches are a concern, bring a beacon, shovel, and probe. Be prepared for high winds and cold temperatures. Understand that if something goes wrong, or a member of your climbing party gets injured, you need to be prepared to self-rescue.
The road to Bunny Flat will be open unless significant snowfall is received from cold spring storms. The gate to the Old Ski Bowl will be closed until July. Access to north and east side trailheads is limited due to snow, but will likely open earlier than usual this year due to low snow depths. Be sure to get summit passes, wilderness permits, and packout bags at the USFS Mount Shasta or McCloud Ranger Stations.View Full Report