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Shasta Cascade 

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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!

57 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shasta Cascade:
Castle Dome - 4th class route   X     Trad, 5 pitches, 840'   Castle Crags : Castle Dome
Avalanche Gulch   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 7000'   Mt. Shasta
Hotlum-Bolam Ridge   AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 6000'   Mt. Shasta
Casaval Ridge   4th 1 2 I M 1b Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, Grade III   Mt. Shasta
Cosmic Wall   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b R     Trad, 6 pitches, 950'   Castle Crags : The Ogre aka Mt. Hubris
Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Grizzly Dome
Baby Food   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Opposite Main Wall
Three Weenies Doing 5.12   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Grizzly Dome
Cheeky Bastard   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Remedy   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Approach Wall
The Nose   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Six Toe Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Castle Crags : Six Toe Rock
Ursus Horribilis   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Grizzly Dome
Figure Four   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Nemesis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Crank Whore   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
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Featured Route For Shasta Cascade
Headed up the Avalanche Gulch Route at day break.  Started around 4am.

Avalanche Gulch Mod. Snow  CA : Shasta Cascade : Mt. Shasta
"From the hut follow Oberman's Causeway, a flat flagstone path, toward the peak. When it peters out, follow long, sinewy gullies to a flat area at 10,400 known as Lake Helen. Above lies the most strenuous section of the route-a 2,600 foot, 35 degree snowfield. At 12,000 stay right of a prominent island in the snow called the Heart. Above the Heart, don't ascend a steep slope leading up and left, but rather head toward the right edge of the striking red cliffs known as the Red Banks. From the top...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The view out my tent door on Mt. Shasta's Hotlum/Bolam route on 6/5/07 <br />9600Ft. <br />Photo by: Andy Tretiakoff
The view out my tent door on Mt. Shasta's Hotlum/B...
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used to access the Bolam & Hotlum Glacier Routes. <br /> <br />Photo By: Tony Horness 6/4/07
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
Shastina from Shasta
Shastina from Shasta
MT Shasta. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
MT Shasta.
Photo by Blitzo.
Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  I posted here as I'm not sure there's a more appropriate location.
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. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Shasta North Face.
Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from Mt. Shasta. <br />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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Feb 23, 2014

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