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no shade
off trail
12 days ago

I had my mind set on a late season Shasta so I already knew it wasn’t going to be pretty with little snow. This hike is LONG. I started at 2am and had to double check my directions a couple of times and got a little lost around mushroom rock so I didn’t reach the last stretch for summit until 11:30, and then it was another hour to go around the back to the top. First of all, this trail is three times as hard AND dangerous to do without crampons and ice axe. I brought both and it made bad spots really easy to go through. I saw a guy slip on a snowy patch which can be deadly on Shasta . So bring those unless you like risking your life. There’s a spot at 12500 that has no good skree spot but is a piece of cake with crampons. There was also a group hiking with me at 2am and they couldn’t see the path but if they had crampons they could have joined me up the middle. This map doesn’t follow the blazed trail after the creek/base camp so it was really confusing. And also the part after mushroom rock(bright red unique stone) is vague and there isn’t a path there at all, so you kind of have to wing it and can easily get jammed up in a bad spot if you aren’t careful. I’ll stick to avalanche gulch

beautiful waterfalls and landscape in general

hiking
1 month ago

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We hiked till Horse Camp from Bubby Flat and the hike was great. Easy to moderate level for people who have newbie hikers. Amazing views of mount Shasta and almost all of the trail surrounded with tall trees. Camping needs no reservation ar Horse Camp so would definitely recommend that.

the road to the trail feets only 4×4 ! we were not able to reach it and another private car got stuck on the sand and needed to be rescued

Minimal shade but a pretty easy trail to get such a beautiful site at the end. Upper Falls pleasant but less impressive.

Got to Horse camp late night on August 24th, slept there, filled water and left for helen lake 6 am, we could avoid snow all the way to Helen lake but to test crampons and do a little practice took a route through snow half way to helen lake. Camped at Helen lake and took whole day to rest, eat and drink water. Had to melt snow for next day. From Helen lake we could see the fallen rocks close to the summit route and later in the afternoon could hear and see rocks falling because of snow melt. Decided to start going for summit early next morning to hopefully avoid falling rocks. Made a good breakfast and left Helen lake at 4:30 am with 2 liters of water. Put crampons and helmet on and took ice axe, snow conditions were great for crampons mostly hard snow or ice. Tried to avoid the sections of the route that were close to the fallen rocks. Snow was fun, got to Red Banks by 7 am. By mistake went all the way to the right of the red banks close to Thumb Rock where we could see the Konwonkiton Glacier. Went back down to go up the Red Banks and over the small hill which was slippery, no snow at this point. Next was Misery Hill, almost no snow, Misery Hill wasn’t too bad, although we were tired and it’s steep so struggled a little bit. Took our time going up on Misery Hill, from there we could see the summit. There was a snowfield almost flat followed by the final hill to the summit which is short but steep, eventually got to the summit at 10 am. Summit is impressive, a bit windy on our completely sunny and clear day but not too bad at all. Beautiful views, took pictures, got some snacks and water. Surprisingly, we didn’t see anyone on the route or the summit...Headed down around 11:30. Ran out of water half way through and had to eat some snow haha. Snow on the way back was slushy but crampons helped going down on the heels. Got back to Helen lake by 3 pm and back to the car around 6:30 pm. It was a challenge overall and falling rocks make it a bit stressful. Definitely need crampons and ice axe, helmet is also necessary for safety. Very happy with our summit, but if I do again, will go early in the season when all of the route is covered with snow.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is a grueling hike with significant vertical gain over a short distance. The footing is very difficult even when you can find the most worn trail. The trail head is tough to get to and the road is in poor condition. However, if your mind is set on climbing Shasta, this way will get you there. The scenery is gorgeous as you stare at the peak the entire day. This is a tremendous workout. Gluttons for punishment may enjoy the sketchy footing as it adds to the physical strain of reaching the summit. Any trail that I would never climb again gets a max score of 3 in my book despite the splendor of being on the top of Shasta...

Went out on August 7th - still snow in the gulch even though it was passed normal season. Did a one-day summit, started at 1:00 am, spent time at Horse Camp for spring water, got slightly disoriented at Helen Lake campsite (it was still dark!), summited at 10:00 am. I had to check out each chimney at the Red Banks from right to left, and took the very last one. Beautiful view, absolutely amazing. Sun started to rise when I was just about to reach the bottom of the Red Banks - wanted to get atop them to watch the sunrise, but the altitude and angle of the snowy gulch really slow you down. Misery Hill wasn't that bad, if you are determined for it not to be. It seems hard, but keep at it and you'll reach some unusual landscape. Eventually you'll see the summit across a snowfield - cross it and you'll find access to the left. Keep at it, and you'll reach the top. Sign the ledger, take in the view, congratulate yourself(ves) and be careful on your way down, especially at the Red Banks. Glissaded down, got disoriented. Hiking up in the dark by headlamp, I didn't identify the way to retrace the trail back on the way down. I ended up in a ravine walking through snow, finally reaching the tree line and found my way to Horse Camp. Life changing for me. I don't recommend doing in one day if you haven't rested well, with 30 lbs pack, especially if you woke up that day in a much lower elevation. Try bringing a buddy, doing it alone can be risky. I definitely had the signs and symptoms of AMS. Staying the night at Helen Lake will better prepare you.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

I did this hike on August 22 as a dayhike. It goes without saying that ANY hike up Shasta is going to be a challenge. And this is no exception, particularly since you gain about 7600ft of elevation in about 6-7 miles. However, this hike is basically a trail hike. So without significant snow cover, it is basically one foot in front of another. Like others have said, there are situations where it is ‘one step forward, half a step back’. But this is by no means the way most of the trail is. Most of it is actually quite good. Just take it slow in sandy parts to minimize slipping back. All in all, this is the best route up Shasta if you are a reasonably fit hiker, but are not comfortable with such things as ice axes, crampons, and self arrest. As for the trail conditions, there are a few snow crossings on the way to the springs on the approach. But all of these are more or less level and can be handled without equipment. There is a climb up a snowfield at around 10500-10800ft. But this can be handled with trekking poles and microspikes rather than ice axe and crampons. There are also a couple of easy snow crossings near the summit. Both are fairly level, and neither requires any equipment. Other than these and the steep part above Red Rock, it is just a trail hike (albeit a relatively steep one). Whether the whole idea of a trail hike up Shasta (vs a more technical climb) appeals to you or not, one thing is undeniable: this route is drop-dead gorgeous. In this sense, it flat-out puts Avalanche Gulch to shame. The same is likely true if you compare Clear Creek to other technical routes. Quite simply, if you prefer great views to technical challenge, Clear Creek is the way to go!

Fun, challenging route. Soft snow conditions for our climb but great weather, incredible views. The queen of the cascades.

The trail was amazing as usual. However the road from Bunny Flats to Panther Meadows trail head was closed for some reason. So we had to park at Bunny Flats and hike 1.8 miles each way to access the trailhead. Once on trail, and after the fog cleared, incredible views. Definitely go to the end of the trail. The meadow is a great spot for lunch.

Absolutely incredible. Water is cold but great for a dip. Not a lot of people. Super peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike with wonderful views of Mt Shasta! Trailhead is right on the main highway so this made a great stop for us driving south from Crater Lake. Just as you pull off from the highway there is a large gate which you have to open to drive or hike through. We parked outside the gate but in hindsight might be better to drive through it and park 30 feet or so beyond it out of sight of the highway - there is space to park there too.

24 hr trip up to the top! Left the car at Bunny Flat at 2:15pm and hiked about an hour to Horse Camp. Drank about a liter of water to get there in pretty hot/sunny conditions. Hung out at Horse Camp drinking water for about 30 minutes. Filled up all water reservoirs, about 4.75 liters. Continued up the steep, sandy switchbacks toward Helen Lake. About 1/2 mile from Helen Lake, the trail enters a steep snowfield which was pretty loose and slushy that late in the day. Put on crampons for that section and headed up to camp at Helen Lake, where it was getting chilly and windier than down below. Arrived around 6:30pm. Helen Lake camping was pretty good. There's a ranger tent there and a whole bunch of designated campsites delineated by rock walls. Probably should have chosen a site lower and with better protection. Made dinner and boiled an extra liter of water for all the hiking to come. Left camp at about 3:30am to head up to the summit. Left with snacks and about 3 liters of water. Make sure to bring gloves, lots of layers (including a down layer), sunglasses, and extra sunscreen. Snow conditions were perfect - sticky and grippy with crampons on. Headed straight for a snowy gap between rocky sections way up ahead. Good to turn off headlamp often to stay on course. Headed slightly hikers' right from Helen Lake and slogged straight uphill, eventually closely following a glissade chute with a nice "staircase" next to it. After The Heart, stayed leftward toward the gap in the Red Banks. The entrance to the chute had a snowbridge at the base of the cliff that was sturdy but slightly off-putting. But even if it had collapsed the fall wouldn't have been bad. The chute was very steep, so digging in extra hard with the ice axe helped. At the top of the chute, headed up Misery Ridge. I found this to be a misnomer - the rocky, sandy switchbacks were a welcome change vs. the snowfields below. At the top of Misery, there were some really cool snow formations and could see the summit. Kept crampons off from base of Misery to Summit. Arrived at Summit about 7:15am. Cold and windy so tried to find sheltered spot to enjoy. Hiked back down to Helen Lake via the hikers'-left route near Thumb Rock. As I got closer to Helen Lake, the snow softened enough to glissade the chutes. Got to Helen Lake around 10:30am. Didn't have any water left, but broke down camp and glissaded/hiked back down to Horse Camp in about an hour. Got back to the car about 2pm. Sufferfest, but great trip!

easy hike...amazing finish! took my kids and enjoyed a cold swim too

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful trail...easy to follow with gorgeous views and the most incredible wildflowers! Mt. Shasta is truly magical and this trail is a great introduction to the Mountain ❤️

Easy way to get to Panther Meadows when the road is closed, like now.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Do not underestimate this route. While some blogs/reviews claim this is the “easiest” route to the summit, this is anything but an easy journey. The difficultly comes mostly from the unrelenting scree/scrambling that goes on for almost the entire route. Putting on the crampons and hiking up the snow fields is a welcome relief, though short lived. This was our first time up the mountain, but others we talked to on the trail said this route was multiple times as difficult as the more popular Avalanche Gulch route, entirely due to the terrain. Since this route is all I know, I can’t speak to the validity of these claims. The point is that this is a grueling, extremely difficult hike/climb. Do not trick yourself into thinking that Mushroom Rock is “almost there” or you’re going to be severely disappointed. The views at the top are incredible, but you absolutely have to earn them. It’s worth nothing we went the first week of August, so fairly late in the season. The route would have been considerably easier with more snow coverage, as is present earlier in the year.

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