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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Pine Ridge Trail
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South Fork Trinity River Trail
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The Chimney
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From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Northeast California Rock Climbing 

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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Rick Shull, Muscrat, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Rick Shull on Aug 14, 2003


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Mt Shasta with a cloud cap taken from Black Butte


Northeast California is dominated by the Shasta Cascade, which comprises a vast and diverse part of Northern California's interior. In the center of the region is Mount Shasta (14,179 ft.), the second highest peak in the Cascade range. This massive volcano is visible from all of the highest peaks in the region.

From the thick, temperate forests in the western portion, to the sagebrush desert and volcanic tablelands in the east, the area offers an amazing potential for year around adventures. Reaching from the granitic Trinity Alps on the western boundary, north to the Oregon border, east to the Nevada border and south to Mount Lassen National Park, climbing opportunities can be found on Limestone, Rhyolite, Basalt and Granite.

Split by Interstate 5, the Shasta Cascade is easy to get to from the Northwest or Central California. Once you leave I-5 your adventure begins as most of the climbing destinations are reached by winding 2 lane highways and/or multi-hour to multi-day approaches. Without major population centers in the region, many of the areas see little traffic. Although some of the crags offer sport climbing on world class limestone and rhyolite, many of the areas such as the Trinity Alps and Castle Crags have a long history of traditional adventure climbing and a minimum impact, wilderness ethic prevails. When visiting the gems of the Shasta Cascade, please do your best to leave it as wild as you found it!

Also included here is the northern end of the Sierra Nevada.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

505 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',41],['3 Stars',160],['2 Stars',157],['1 Star',114],['Bomb',9]

Classic Climbing Routes in Northeast California

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Northeast California:
Avalanche Gulch        Alpine, 7000'   Mt. Shasta
Hotlum-Bolam Ridge   AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 6000'   Mt. Shasta
Casaval Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Alpine, Grade III   Mt. Shasta
Cosmic Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 6 pitches, 950'   Castle Crags : The Ogre aka Mt. Hubris
Six Toe Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Castle Crags : Six Toe Rock
NW Ridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 1000'   Castle Crags : Castle Dome
Doesn't Suck   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   Lover's Leap : 45 Wall
Desperate Venture   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Grizzly Dome : The Main Wall
Gun Show   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Lover's Leap : 45 Wall
The Dike Route (aka East Face)   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1100'   Castle Crags : Castle Dome
Hole in the Wall   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Pachyderm Wall AKA Sunshine...
Meant to Be   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Lover's Leap : Plasma Wall
Crank Whore   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
Jug Lord   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lover's Leap : Trainwreck Wall
groove tube   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Lover's Leap : Groove Tube wall
Porn Star   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V2 5+     Sport, Boulder, 30'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Main Wall Cave Routes
Space Sluts   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
Kinship of Fools   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Lover's Leap : Plasma Wall
Spread Eagle   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
No Quarter   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, TR, 70'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
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Featured Route For Northeast California
Rock Climbing Photo: Casaval Ridge is the ridgeline on the left

Casaval Ridge 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  CA : Northeast California : Mt. Shasta
This is a great training route that can be done in a long day, though most will choose to spend a night on the ridge. Probably the best route from the Bunny Flat Trailhead....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Northeast California Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The view out my tent door on Mt. Shasta's Hotlum/B...
The view out my tent door on Mt. Shasta's Hotlum/B...
Rock Climbing Photo: North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shastina from Shasta
Shastina from Shasta
Rock Climbing Photo: MT Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
MT Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National ...
Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Benny Bach on Hotlam Bolam ridge.
Benny Bach on Hotlam Bolam ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Shasta North Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Shasta North Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from Mt. Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from Mt. Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Rattler Buttress, Ney Springs (5.10a)
Leading Rattler Buttress, Ney Springs (5.10a)

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By John Jackson
Feb 23, 2014
For the scoop on the climbing in Northeast California check out the new "LOCALS GUIDE to: ROCK CLIMBS OF NORTHEAST CALIfORNIA" Dozens of new crags and great climbing in uncrowded settings, with plenty of further exploration to be had. Check out the info here:
By Justin Johnsen
Jul 22, 2015
FYI, I'm renaming this page from "Shasta Cascade" to "Northeast California."

This allows more flexibility, but keeps the same OG author and admin assignments.

I'll edit the description a bit to explain the changed concept.

But if anyone feels this a bad move let me know and I'll roll it back.

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