Mount Shasta, Hotlum - Wintun Ridge

McCloud, California

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Mount Shasta’s Hotlum–Wintun Ridge is simply one of the best descents in California. It is rare to find a descent of any considerable length, let alone one that drops 7,000 feet, with uniformly excellent snow from top to bottom, as you will here. This route has something for everyone—easy access, moderate terrain for intermediate skiers, and steeper terrain for experts. The summit can be attained in a long single day or with a base camp established after a short 3- to 4-hour approach. A base camp will afford the luxury of exploratory day trips as well as a trip to the summit. Nearby is the Hotlum Glacier, a good place to practice ice climbing and crevasse rescue techniques.

Mount Shasta, Hotlum - Wintun Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Shasta’s Hotlum–Wintun Ridge is simply one of the best descents in California. It is rare to find a descent of any considerable length, let alone one that drops 7,000 feet, with uniformly excellent snow from top to bottom, as you will here. This route has something for everyone—easy access, moderate terrain for intermediate skiers, and steeper terrain for experts. The summit can be attained in a long single day or with a base camp established after a short 3- to 4-hour approach. A base camp will afford the luxury of exploratory day trips as well as a trip to the summit. Nearby is the Hotlum Glacier, a good place to practice ice climbing and crevasse rescue techniques."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: McCloud
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 7,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Best April through early June
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 14,162 feet
Additional Use: Snowboarding
Local Maps: USGS Mount Shasta
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Shasta, Hotlum - Wintun Ridge

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May 2018