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Mountaineering in Mount Shasta, Redding, California USA

Base location:
8000 ft/2438 m
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 and the second highest (14163 ft/4317 m) volcano in the Cascade Range. Mount Shasta is the perfect place to test your physical abilities and determination in mountaineering, by climbing the second highest volcano in the US. The mountain is a veritable utopia for mountaineers.

It offers a magnificent vertical relief, reliably sunny weather and relatively mild terrain. The weather offers prime climbing conditions. You can start your three day course at the base of 8000 ft/2438 m and be taught the basics for beginners in skiing or snowboard mountaineering.

The course is about how to use ski crampons, ice ax self arrest, climb with skins etc. When the training is over, the students wake up at 2-3 a.m. and zigzag about 5000 vertical ft/1524 m up to the peak, in a confusion of boulders, big enough to scramble on top and in breathtaking views, stretching around for 125 mi/201.1 km.

You will be rewarded by being on one of the longest, continual ski descents in the Lower 48. You can also ride a 7000 vertical ft/2134 m, down a consistent 35-45 degree slope to the trailhead. It is highly recommended to plan your trip carefully, carry crampons and ax to traverse hard snow and ice fields.

You should better arrange having a guide with you or mountaineering instruction in safe backcountry skills. Permits are mandatory, so purchase them along with maps of the area from Mt. Shasta District Ranger Station.

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 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

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