Climbing Route Conditions: 

The Brewer Creek trailhead is CLOSED, and its opening will be dependant on snowmelt this spring. Approximately 15 miles of snow covered roads will be encountered to access Brewer Ck TH. You can still access the Mt Shasta Wilderness from the trailhead, however summit passes and wilderness permits must be acquired from either McCloud or Mt Shasta Ranger Stations. The bathrooms are open and human waste packout bags are available inside. 

The current conditions for climbing and skiing this route are likely pretty good, albeit firm, smooth and likely icy in sections.The biggest challenge for this route in the Winter/Spring is getting to the base. A snowmobile ride to the trailhead is nice, unless you have multiple days to approach. 

Rangers have not been on this route yet this Winter. This route is pretty straight forward with a couple variations possible near the top. Stay on snow and don't knock rocks down onto climbers below. Where most people run into trouble on this route is descending back to their car. It's common to miss your vehicle too far to the south (skiers right). When descending, be sure to make a gradual trend skiers left, aligning yourself between Ash Creek Butte and the large lava flow that abruptly drops off at around 9,000 feet. If you put yourself in between these two land forms, you'll nail the descent every time. Again, just remember to trend left at the base of the lava flow at about 9,000 feet, not too far, but by placing yourself in between Ash Creek Butte and the blocky lava flow. This is mostly an issue for skiers when there is snow all the way down to the trailhead.

Call with questions!

 

Current Photos: 
Hotlum/Wintun snowfield (just left of center) as of 6-5-2016
Hotlum/Wintun snowfield (just left of center) as of 6-5-2016
Hotlum/Wintun photo taken 6-11-16
Hotlum/Wintun photo taken 6-11-16
Position: 
Climbing Ranger