Clear Creek Route to Mount Shasta

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Clear Creek Route to Mount Shasta is a 16.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mccloud, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

16.8 miles
8858 feet
Out & Back







wild flowers




off trail

There is a trail most of the way up until about 1500 feet below the summit. From there it's a scree scramble. When you get to the headwall, about 200 feet below the summit, fan to the right of the wall.

28 days ago

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.

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.