Mount Shasta, Whitney Glacier

Weed, California

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The Whitney Glacier is the longest glacier in California. It is an active glacier with séracs, crevasses, and an icefall. The crevasses open up in April and May, so it is advisable to make this ski descent earlier than the other routes on Mount Shasta. I have experienced good skiing on the Whitney Glacier in March. March and April are perhaps the best time to ski this route. Since this is an active glacier with an icefall and many large crevasses, the ascent and descent should be roped. Descending roped is a bit tricky, and it is important to ski with a partner who has skiing skills similar to yours. Early in the season it may be safe to travel on the glacier without being roped, but you take a considerable risk. Carry a rope and crevasse rescue equipment in the event of a crevasse fall.

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"The Whitney Glacier is the longest glacier in California. It is an active glacier with séracs, crevasses, and an icefall. The crevasses open up in April and May, so it is advisable to make this ski descent earlier than the other routes on Mount Shasta. I have experienced good skiing on the Whitney Glacier in March. March and April are perhaps the best time to ski this route. Since this is an active glacier with an icefall and many large crevasses, the ascent and descent should be roped. Descending roped is a bit tricky, and it is important to ski with a partner who has skiing skills similar to yours. Early in the season it may be safe to travel on the glacier without being roped, but you take a considerable risk. Carry a rope and crevasse rescue equipment in the event of a crevasse fall."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Weed
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 8,662 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Best February through April
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 14,162 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Shasta
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Shasta, Whitney Glacier

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