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Mount Shasta 2-Day Avalanche Gulch Climb

A mountaineering client standing next to a crevasse during a guided Avalanche Gulch climb on Mount Shasta with Alpenglow Expeditions
A view of Mt Shasta from afar, with a forested foreground and a lenticular cloud sitting above the summit against a beautiful blue sky.

Mount Shasta 2-Day Avalanche Gulch Climb

$1,395per person
Intermediate 2 days Mount Shasta, CA
Climb Mount Shasta’s Avalanche Gulch with our professional California mountain guides! This direct 2-day route is a rewarding and fast-paced summit of Mount Shasta (14,179’/4322m), the jewel of Northern California. This quick ascent of Shasta is suitable for those with very good physical fitness and limited time.
May 11, 2024 – May 12, 2024
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A mountaineering client looks out at Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta during a guided trip with Alpenglow Expeditions
An early morning photo of mount Shasta covered in snow with a blue sky above

This is a 2-day alpine climbing trip that will focus on a quick summit of Mount Shasta- a magnificent stratovolcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range- via the famous Avalanche Gulch route.

The first day on Mount Shasta will involve climbing up to a high camp around 9,500 ft elevation where you will make camp for the night, go over basic snow climbing techniques, and plan for the next morning’s summit. An alpine start on day 2 will get you to the top of Mount Shasta by late morning and back to the trailhead by early evening. This is an aggressive itinerary and proper training is essential to success!

Technical

Previous experience climbing with an ice ax and crampons is highly recommended, but not required for this trip.

Fitness

Excellent physical fitness is required. Climbers must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.
Day 1
Ascend to Camp

8:00am: Meet and Greet in Town
9:30am: Depart for Bunny Flat trailhead (6,880 ft)
11:00am-12:00pm: Lunch break at historic Horse Camp (7,880 ft)
3:00pm: Arrive at Camp (9,500 ft) and set up camp
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Climbing training
5:30pm:-7:30pm Dinner, Climb briefing, pack
8:00pm: Bed

Day 2
Summit Attempt

Alpine start (1:00am-3:00am, conditions dependent)
Turnaround time (10:00am-12:00pm, conditions dependent)
3:00pm: Depart from Helen Lake for Trailhead
4:30pm-5:30pm: Arrive at Trailhead

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Mount Shasta Avalanche Gulch Questions

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