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Shasta Cascade  


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Mt Shasta with a cloud cap taken from Black Butte

Description 

The Shasta Cascade comprises a vast and diverse part of Northern California's interior. Dominating 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 in the Northeastern section of California is the Cascades' neighbor, the Lost Sierra.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.8 miles from here

169 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',75],['1 Star',26],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',11],['5.8',13],['5.9',16],['5.10',28],['5.11',17],['5.12',18],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',11],['V2-3',25],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shasta Cascade:
Hotlum-Bolam Ridge   AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 6000'   Mt. Shasta
Avalanche Gulch   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 7000'   Mt. Shasta
Casaval Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow     Snow, 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
Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Lost Sierra : Grizzly Dome
Baby Food   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Opposite Main Wall
The Nose   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Six Toe Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Castle Crags : Six Toe Rock
Ursus Horribilis   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   The Lost Sierra : Grizzly Dome
NW Ridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 1000'   Castle Crags : Castle Dome
Swallow Hole   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Back Walls
Nemesis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer 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...
Crank Whore   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
Fashion Victim   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
Love Muffin   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 30'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
Space Sluts   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main 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 Shasta Cascade
Mt. Shasta from the north. photo: Mconnell

Hotlum-Bolam Ridge AI1-2  CA : Shasta Cascade : Mt. Shasta
From Northgate Park follow the trail south to the base of the ridge. Continue up the ridge, easier in early season, to the top of the ridge at 12,000ft. Follow the path of least resistance, typically to the climber's right (west) to the plateau and work back left (east) to the summit. Take note of the large crevasse that forms on the Hotlum Glacier. Work well to the west of it on the descent....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Shasta Cascade Slideshow Add 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...
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
Shastina from Shasta
Shastina from Shasta
MT Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
MT Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National ...
Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National ...
Benny Bach on Hotlam Bolam ridge.
Benny Bach on Hotlam Bolam ridge.
Mt. Shasta North Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Shasta North Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from Mt. Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from Mt. Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Leading Rattler Buttress, Ney Springs (5.10a)
Leading Rattler Buttress, Ney Springs (5.10a)

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By John Jackson
Feb 23, 2014
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