Mt Shasta with a cloud cap taken from Black Butte
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.
Weather station 9.8 miles from here
138 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shasta Cascade:
Featured Route For Shasta Cascade
: 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
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
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