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Watch for black bears at the creek. Camp high at around 9600ft. There are good wind protected flat sandy soft spots along the rocky spine. Even in September there is snow along the way that can a good source of water. If melting snow, I recommend jetboil to melt and finish with steripen. You will have 2L within minutes. The pitch isn't that steep until the headwall above Mushroom Rock. If snow is present, consider using microspikes for both ascending and descending as crampons take too long to take off and on and don't work as well for mixed rock, scree, boulders, and ice. The most challenging section is definitely the 500ft-600ft headwall at 13k.

off road driving
12 days ago

We drove this in our cross country Volvo XC 70 all wheel drive and it was a breeze. Had to move a few 20 pound rocks from the roadway and crossed two creeks where the water was about 8 inches deep but it went smoothly. In some places the road is hazardous and has some wash outs that need to be carefully traversed. About two thirds of the way the road becomes so narrow and slanted that it was quite scary. We took our time and stopped several times to explore and take pictures. It took us 4 hours to drive the 43 mile logging/forestry roads and the map worked perfectly as this would be an easy place to get lost. I downloaded the map before we started as there is NO SIGNAL on 90% of the trail. Beautiful scenery and crisp clean air!

15 days ago

Trying to reach the summit here is like climbing the waterfall upstream. Took us 17 hours (round-trip) without reaching the summit.

This was a beautiful hike/climb done 8/15 -8-16
We left northgate trailhead at 2:20 pm and arrived at camp (9800 ft elevation) at 5:30. This part of the hike is a 4.5 mile walk from the trail head to where we camped. We enjoyed fresh ice cold water from the glacier that ran through camp , and a nice sunset before catching a few hrs sleep. We awoke at 2 am and began our accent up the mountain , we were able to stay on the moraine all the way up to the step where we needed to use crampons for a short distance up to the rabbit ears. From here we watched a beautiful sun rise over the Smokey valley below. We reached the summit at 7:20 am , had a bite to eat and headed back down at 8:15 to pack up camp to head for the truck . We reached camp at 11:30 , packed up and headed out. The trek back to the truck took 2 hrs. We had the entire mountain to ourselves for 2 days which I’m sure being later in the season and the assumption that air quality might not be good kept people away.

I would like to try this one again earlier in the season when the need to wear crampons on most of the climb is required. This was mostly a lot of climbing on loose rock , gravel and sand with the need for crampons and ice axe periodically once you get to the Step. I recommend this route to anyone looking for something more than the conga line that takes place up avalanche gulch during peak season.

Not for amateurs. Great climb, but definitely need crampons, ice axes, and short roping technique to mitigate slips and falls, especially above the crevasses. We camped at9600 ft and enjoyed the freezing glacial water before starting for the summit at midnight. It’s a long day, as we returned to camp at about 4 pm. We had the north side of the mountain entirely to ourselves for 4 days.

Wow! Cannot recommend this enough for people. The view at the summit is so worth it. The trail is well defined for most of it but the rocky/sandy terrain makes for difficult climbing. Definitely wear a helmet and don’t climb alone, rock falls aren’t uncommon. I did it in two days (hiked about three miles to base camp the first day, then woke up at midnight and started hiking to reach the summit around 6AM). Sun protection is so important for this and make sure you bundle up - even though there’s not much snow on this trail, it is freezing once you near the summit, especially if you’re hiking at night. If you’re not experienced with hiking or climbing then I also recommend getting a guide for this. This hike is totally worth the effort and the views are so rewarding. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Difficult but fun! Wear a helmet! Lots of rocks!

1 month ago

This was an amazing trail, the views of Shasta were spectacular even through the smoke. Not being super fit and living at sea level made it a bit rough at times but very doable. We hung out at the creek and ate before heading back down and back at the trailhead we even got to free a bear that locked itself in the bathroom LOL! Keep that door shut!

Never actually found the trail. Signage in the Bunny Flat area is really poor. We ended up on one of the climber routes headed to the summit and after a couple miles figured out we were way off track. But the climber route was pretty nice (although very steep in spots).

Very dry, dusty hike on a wide, dirt road with limited views of Shasta or anything else. Not recommended. There’s much better hiking nearby.

I was excited about this new trail that parallels the road, winding through forest, but quickly realized there are much nicer hikes through this area. The hike is sort of dusty and rough at this point; about 1.5 miles in I decided to head back to the car and up to Old Ski Bowl to do one of the hikes up there (Panther Meadows and/or Southgate Meadows - grey butte is also nice), which are much nicer.

2 months ago

Quick and enjoyable hike that circles around the Butte for nice views of Lake Shastina, the Shasta Valley, and all that surrounds from the top. I’ve only done this hike once, but would like to do it again. Unfortunately, first time I went there was what appeared to be a sketchy lived in van on the trail that spooked me into not wanting to go back. Nice hike for the off season, especially in winter when everything else is buried in snow!

2 months ago

I’ve done this trail several times after work with my dogs. I enjoy that it is less popular than others. Fantastic vista of the Shasta Valley when you get to the summit. You’ll be able to see Mt. Shasta, Whaleback, Sheep Rock, Herd Peak, Haystack Butte, and Eddy from the top. It does get hot and I’ve seen my fair share of snakes in the summer, so be careful where you step. Enjoyable and fairly short hike. Highly recommend doing this trail in the winter.

Quick and short hike down the switchbacks to the river. Beautiful waterfall and easy to cool off in the river pools.

when parking at the middle falls it's less than a 5 min walk to the gorgeous overlook view of the falls. The footpath to the left leads to upper falls, an easy 10-15 min walk. The path to the right is a switchback path leading down to the bottom of the middle falls, you can continue down that trail to the lower falls but we didn't go there this time.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Nice drive up to the very end of Everitt Memorial Hwy on Mt. Shasta from Bunny Flat, where those that are hiking to the very top start, and to the end of the road to the Old Ski Bowl trail. Absolutely beautiful views of Shasta. Do not miss going to the end of the road.

Very much enjoyed the easy hike to get there. Very tranquil in the winter time with no one else on the trail, can’t wait to go back in the summer

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Did this on Aug 26, 2017. I couldn't get to the trailhead in my Honda Civic. After crossing 31, and right after another junction the road gets extremely sandy in places. I counted a total of 4 sandy patches to the trailhead from that point. However I did see.a Hyundai (normal passenger car) parked at the trailhead implying it's doable. I did not want to risk it. I parked at coordinates 46.30639, -122.09832. Waze takes you somewhere else for the Clear Creek Trailhead. Google maps was excellent for guidance. This made it a 20 mile R/T. I started at midnight and at 10400 ft encountered snow on the trail. I couldn't see how far the snow extended cause of night conditions. However, I went off trail as west (left) to skirt around the snow and head straight up. That worked except it makes it more difficult and then later I missed the switchbacks to the mushroom rock heading again straight up making it even more difficult. Note that none of the maps has the real switchbacks to the mushroom rock, but it's very visible in daylight. However all these made it a fun hike. I was the first to sign the register that day! On my way back I saw 4 more heading up and they were up from one of the Bolam routes.
When I started there were many bats circling me around the headlight eating insects that attracted the light.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great trail and challenging! I personally have been up Whitney twice, Half Dome, and Rainier. Mt Shasta Clear Creek trail was a nice mix of hiking, climbing, and mountaineering (depending on the time of year). This year, there was an abnormal amount of snow because of a crazy winter in California. We started out at 4:00 PM at the trail head on 7/13/2017. We took our time and took in the scenery. We anticipated hiking to the stream crossing that we read about... It was no where to be seen. Apparently, when theres tons of snow still, the stream is hidden. So, we found a nice place and camped for the night. The next morning, we were going to take our time again and slow hike up to around 11,000 feet to bivy. We had a few hang ups... First, we had to melt snow for water, which took a couple of hours. Next... the hike was extremely slow because we couldn't find the trail due to the snow. So we were all over the face of the mountain, putting on crampons, taking them off, putting them back on, etc. A few hours later after trying to find the hidden paths, we found our 11,000 ft camping spot for the night and it was gorgeous. The next morning, we were going to summit and then head back to the truck, however, due to some of the difficulty we had in finding the path, our anticipated hours of searching the following day, and our unfamiliar relationship with Shasta, we opted to not summit. So we melted more snow for a couple of hours for water on the way down the next day. Overall, it was a great experience! We are novice mountaineers, so it was fun testing out some new gear and finding our way around the mountain (safely), testing our own skills. Also, the entire trip (Thursday through Saturday) we saw 3 people on the mountain. We will go back with a more detailed trail map and the full version of "All Trails" lol.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

It was nice and fun for an easy hike with beautiful views!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Loved this climb. Shasta is thousands of feet taller than anything in the vicinity so it's almost as if you're looking out of an airplane window, down at the rest of the world. Very peaceful, stark and beautiful. Be prepared to work for it, it was a 15 hour day for our group to summit, break down camp and get to the car before we were chased out by a thunderstorm.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Been all over this area in a car not hiking. This is an approach road to the more secluded Mt. Shasta routes. Watch out for logging trucks as these drive fast with no warning they are approaching. Best to find a logger so he can radio ahead and give warning. I ruined a transmission in one part of this wilderness so be prepared. Various montane scrub denuded by logging. I have driven about half of this area using two wheel drive and have not seen the entire route.

18 days ago

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