14,179 ft / 4,322 m


9,822 ft / 2,994 m


119 summits

Top climbing months

July   28%

June   21%

May   18%

Most climbed route

Avalanche Gulch


  • Mount Shasta is the 2nd highest peak in the Cascades and can easily be seen from over 100 miles away.
  • Mount Shasta is huge. It is the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascades with an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles.
  • Has 7 named glaciers. The 4 largest (Whitney, Bolam, Hotlum, and Wintun) radiate down from the main summit cone.
  • Consists of 4 overlapping volcanic cones which have built a complex shape, including the main summit and the prominent satellite cone of 12,330-foot Shastina.
  • Many climbers attempt the summit of Mount Shasta. The summer climbing season runs from late April until October, although many attempts are made in the winter.
  • Most popular route is Avalanche Gulch with most people ascending over 2 days with a camp at Helen Lake.
  • Also a popular destination for backcountry skiing.
"Quick life story update: got laid off and quickly set out on a 12-day mountain climbing tour of Northern California. The main event was Mt. Shasta via the standard Avalanche Gulch Route. Weather was pretty good for my 2-day trip; no wind at camp overnight and only 10-15 mph gusts at the summit. The route was snow covered beginning at Horse Camp and was hard and crunchy - perfect for cramponing - when I set out from Helen Lake at 4am. Climbing this mountain is an incredible experience! Do it! One of the strangest things I've ever seen in the mountains: as of 5.22.2018 there was a skunk livin" - klotito, May 22, 2018
"Attempt at Mt. Shasta winter summit. Slept in the car at the trailhead until around 3a. Only one other car in the parking lot. Hit horse camp at 4am, and went pretty much straight up avalanche gulch route. Got to Lake Helen at 6:30. Still no sign of any other climbers. The climb above Lake Helen around the heart was pretty iced up and did not provide very good climbing. The winds started to pick up while I was making my way through to the right of the banks. At the top of the red banks found some shelter behind the rocks at 9:15am for some refueling and water. Winds were blowing pretty steady " - oregon-mt-goat, Feb 16, 2018
"3rd attempt and 3rd time to summit. Hike with my son and did the Avalanche Gulch route staying at Helen Lake. Awesome shadow during sunrise and fantastic time glissading down from Red Banks to Helen Lake. " - mj3920, Jul 10, 2017
"Hiked up to Helen Lake, where we planned to camp for the night. The plan was to get up at midnight for our summit attempt. On our way up to the lake, we heard reports of several tents being shredded by wind overnight and that nobody summited due to the winds. I pushed my pace up to camp to get started digging out a proper wind break to protect the tent. My shovel broke while I was digging, so I used the head of the shovel to continue digging, which was hell on my hands and shoulders. The winds were really bad at night, but finally subsided around 330am. By that time, I didn't have it in " - Kevin, Jun 17, 2017
"Hiked from Bunny Flat to Horse Camp. Set up camp, ate, and slept for about 5 hours. Took off just before 1 am, was on the summit by 12:15. The hardest thing I've ever done!! Glissaded down over 3000' and postholed through slushy snow, arriving back at Horse Camp by 4ish. Packed up and headed back out to the trailhead. " - kaylam87, May 28, 2017



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