Mount Shasta, Hotlum–bolum Ridge

Mount Shasta, California 96067

Mount Shasta, Hotlum–bolum Ridge

Mount Shasta, Hotlum–bolum Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"The Hotlum–Bolum ridge is reported to be one of the safer routes on the north side of Shasta."

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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."

"The view of Mount Shasta’s north- and east-side glaciers from the intersection of Highway 97 and Military Pass Road is truly magnificent. The Bolam–Hotlum Ridge route ascends the obvious nose between the two glaciers. The route, although impressive, is not nearly as steep as it appears from this angle, as it does not exceed 35 degrees."

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Trail Information

Mount Shasta
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
10 hours
Additional Use
Shasta National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Shasta, Mccloud, Hotlum
Local Maps