Northeast California Rock Climbing
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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.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
511 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',40],['3 Stars',166],['2 Stars',161],['1 Star',111],['Bomb',9]
Classic Climbing Routes in Northeast California
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Northeast California:
Featured Route For Northeast California
Hotlum Glacier Route
: Northeast California
: Mt. Shasta
A great steepening glacier climb complete with crevasses, seracs, and bergschrunds to be navigated around and below an obvious rock head wall that can be climbed directly (rarely at 5.8), or (more popularly) bypassed by ice ramps on either side of the head wall (AI 1-2). Ascend the glacier taking a path to minimize your overhead objective hazards that can include serac collapse induced avalanches, normal avalanches, and rock fall. Once at the head wall, several options are available to exit th...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
The view out my tent door on Mt. Shasta's Hotlum/B...
North Gate Trail head 6900 Ft. This trail is used ...
MT Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Me at a roadside stop in Lassen Volcanic National ...
Benny Bach on Hotlam Bolam ridge.
Mt. Shasta North Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from Mt. Shasta. Photo by Blitzo.
Leading Rattler Buttress, Ney Springs (5.10a)
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: camp4press.com
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.