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Shasta Cascade  


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Location: 41.4021, -122.2002 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rick Shull on Aug 14, 2003
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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!

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Weather station 9.8 miles from here

106 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',44],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',10],['5.8',10],['5.9',12],['5.10',16],['5.11',10],['5.12',8],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',5],['V2-3',15],['V4-5',6],['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:
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 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'   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
Cheeky Bastard   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Remedy   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Approach 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'   Grizzly Dome
Figure Four   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
Swallow Hole   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Back Walls
Cortizone   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Cortizone Corner
Nemesis   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : Outer Wall
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
Space Sluts   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     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
Spread Eagle   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 50'   Burney Limestone (aka The S... : The Main Wall
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Crank Whore 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Shasta Cascade : ... : The Main Wall
The most popular route on the Main Wall. Follow the line of XL jugs up until the bolt line splits, follow the jugs to the right. The crux can be pulled multiple ways but involves the right hand undercling, high feet, and a toss, the true crux is just being fresh for the crux, as the move is probably only v0+....[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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