• OVERVIEW
  • HOW TO GO
  • SCHOOLS
  • GALLERY

Mountain Climbing in Mount Shasta, Redding, California USA

Technical Challenges:
Minimum to most routes
Mount Shasta is located in northern California, east of Interstate 5 along SR89, between Mount Shasta city and McCloud city, California, USA.

Mount Shasta is inside Shasta – Trinity National Forest. Mount Shasta is the second highest volcano in the Cascade Range. Mountain climbing in Mount Shasta is a mental, physical and technical challenge. If you are motivated for the specific event, in good physical condition and well trained for climbing, you are at the right place.

Choose an appropriate climb for your skills and go for it. Mount Shasta is a cascade volcano, so it is best climbed with snow to minimize hazards and gain most suitable conditions. Technical challenges are minimal on most routes. Five routes are the most popular for climbing.

The first one is Avalanche Gulch, being the most popular one, because John Muir Route is the most direct route up. It is best climbed with a lot of snow, preferably May-July. It is a route for all climber levels. The second one is The West Face, which is one of Mount Shasta’s most beautiful base camps.

It is a moderate trail and a great alternative to Avalanche Gulch. The third is Hotlum – Bolam Ridge – Northeast Side on Mount Shasta’s north side, which is an alpine playground. It has eight glaciers, including Whitney Glacier, the largest in California. If you are looking for an introduction to glacier climbing, this is the one.

The fourth is Gasaval Ridge and the choice of climbers on winter and early season. It is a climb for experienced climbers, steep, exposed and stunning. Last but not least is Hotlum Glacier. It is the most visually interesting glacier. This is an ideal training court for climbers with bigger aspirations than Denali and Mount Rainier.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Redding, California
69.8 mi / 112.3 km, 1 hr 15 mins
Head south on Market St. to Shasta St. Turn left to CA-44 E/Tehama St. Take exit 2B and enter I-5N Weed/Portland. Take the exit 736 to enter CA-89S to McCloud. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY CAR FROM Medford, Oregon
99.6 mi / 160.3 km, 1 hr 47 mins
Follow OR-99S. Turn left on Garfield St. Turn right to enter I-5S (enter California). Get on CA-89S. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento, California
228 mi / 367 km, 3 hrs 31 mins
Follow I-5N. Take the exit 736 to enter CA-89S to McCloud. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY CAR FROM San Francisco, California
283 mi / 455.4 km, 4 hrs 22 mins
Follow I-5N. Take the exit 736 to enter CA-89S to McCloud. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY CAR FROM Chico, California
139 mi / 223.7 km, 2 hrs 26 mins
Follow I-5N. Take the exit 736 to enter CA-89S to McCloud. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY CAR FROM Eureka, California
218 mi / 350.8 km, 4 hrs 10 mins
Follow CA-299E/CA-3 s/Main St. Turn right on Market St. Turn lefto to CA-44 E /Tehama St. Take the exit 2B to enter I-5N. Follow I-5N. Take the exit 736 to enter CA-89S to McCloud. Turn left on Ski Park Hwy and then turn left to Ski Park Hwy. Take the first left turn on Ski Park Hwy and you will find the resort on your right.
BY AIR
Sacramento International Airport,
220 mi / 354 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrak serves the entire USA. For fares, tickets and schedules check the website.

Schools

If you are interested in trying out this amazing sport in this spot press the request button so as to give you more information and prices.

BOOKING REQUEST

Audiovisual material

PHOTOS (3)
VIDEOS (2)