Mount Shasta Summit Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"At 14,162 feet, Mount Shasta is the undisputed mountain king of Northern California. Looming 10,000 feet above its surroundings, Mount Shasta reigns as the dominant peak in Northern California. This Cascade volcano draws high-summit aspirants from around the country to attempt to reach its summit. Avalanche Gulch provides the easiest route. Do not take a casual approach to this climb. For starters, you need to be in good physical shape. You also must have the proper equipment and supplies: some form of shelter, such as a tent; boots; crampons; ice ax; warm clothes; food; water; a stove for melting snow; a wide-brimmed hat; good sunglasses; sunblock; and a topographic map. Check the weather forecast before your ascent and quickly head back to the trailhead if the weather changes for the worse. You’ll also want to get a predawn start so your crampons will have frozen snow to grip; as the snow warms you’ll sink into the slush, not good for climbing. Regulations require that you pack your feces out; special bags are available at the trailhead and at the Mount Shasta Ranger District office in Mount Shasta. You’ll also need a permit. They’re available at the trailhead or from the Mount Shasta Ranger District or McCloud Ranger District. Dogs are prohibited. Note that you’ll also need to purchase a pass for being above 10,000 feet on the mountain; check with the same two ranger districts."