The Clear Creek route is Mt. Shasta’s easiest route to the top. That being said, “Casual day syndrome” can lead one off course and into steeper, glaciated, and/or rock fall prone terrain. The climb starts at the Clear Creek trail head beneath towering old growth Red Fir. The hike gains elevation along the ridge above the cavernous Mud Creek Canyon. Some fault the route for its loose ash, scree and gravel surface during the summer and fall. We consider it reason to take your time, and to enjoy the scenery and geology. As you climb, you'll enjoy views of the Konwakiton Glacier and Mud Creek Canyon, Wintun Glacier and a huge expanse of California. Ample camping options and spring water are available at 8,600 feet. Please camp at least 200 feet from the spring head and creek and do not step on the fragile plant ecosystem. The beautiful foliage only has a short season to do its thing! The lower 75% of the route is a moderate hike. The last portion of the route turns into easy climbing. A rock bulge blocks the ride top and encourages the climber to traverse up and to the right, skirting along the top of the southern corner of the Wintun snowfield. This route offers fantastic views of Mt. Lassen, Konwonkiton Glacier, Mud Creek Canyon, and the Wintun Glacier. It’s a long climb, so start early. It may not test your technical skills, but it will test your stamina. Those of strong mind and body can do the Clear Creek route in a day, but most should plan a delightful two, or even three day trip.
This trailhead is CLOSED. Approximately 4.1 miles of snow covered roads exist to the trailhead. The trailhead will open as snow melts and access is gained, likely later than normal this year. Tough to say when exactly. You may still access the Mt Shasta Wilderness, however your summit pass and wilderness permit must be obtained from either the Mt Shasta or McCloud Ranger station. Travel on roads at your own risk.
The route is is good shape and snow covered. Now is the time to climb this route as it rarely holds a thick snowpack. Due to wind scouring, the Clear Creek route melts out quickly. Further, dirt from Mud Creek Canyon often blows up onto the snow, exacerbating snowmelt. The crux of climbing this route in good conditions is the approach. When conditions are best, a snowmobile ride is nice to avoid miles and miles of snow covered roads. Low angle terrain comprises most of this route. Still, ice axe, crampons, a helmet, and a beacon, shovel and probe are strongly advised. Check the weather and avalanche advisory, know the route, be prepared.