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Mount Shasta Avalanche and Climbing Information
June 19, 2018
We are in peak climbing season and conditions are still good on most routes on Mount Shasta. Low elevation snow is melting quickly, and all routes have dirt approaches. Siskiyou County will be opening the gate at Bunny Flat on the Everitt Memorial Highway on June 28th. All wilderness trailheads are OPEN and stocked with summit passes, wilderness permits and human waste pack out bags.
For climbers approaching south side routes, please take the summertime trail to Horse Camp. Continuous snow begins near 50/50 Flat on the Avalanche Gulch route and between 8,500-9,00ft on most other routes. Snow coverage on the upper mountain is good. Skiers have still been enjoying smooth corn conditions with good timing on eastside routes, although the end of ski season is in sight.
We've had a mix of weather recently including rain, snow and thunderstorms. High winds have also made for challenging climbing conditions. Be sure to plan ahead and check the weather before you climb.
Icefall and rockfall have been concerns lately. Always work to minimize your exposure to these hazards. Several slip and fall incidents have already occurred this season as well. Please wear a helmet, bring an ice axe and crampons and know how to properly self-arrest. Understand that if something goes wrong, or a member of your climbing party gets injured, you need to be prepared to self-rescue.
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