Ready to Climb Mt Shasta? Shasta Mountain Guides™ is the original guide service on Mt. Shasta and leads the highest quality trips and expeditions on the mountain. Avalanche Gulch, the West Face, Casaval Ridge, and North side glacier climbs and seminars, we do it all. This climb is suitable for new and experienced mountaineers and with the proper training and preparation the summit is a very attainable goal. Be ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Current Mt. Shasta conditions
Early Winter Update We have updated our website, calendar, and booking software and we are taking reservations for 2018. We will start to fill the popular dates so plan now and be in touch with any questions. The snowpack is slowly filling in and we’re eager for the backcountry skiing this winter on Mt. Shasta!
The three day ascent of Mt. Shasta is the recommended climb for summit success. There is ample time for snow school and skills instruction and an acclimation schedule that will benefit most climbers. We select a route and base camp with optimal conditions and ideal climbing on this classic summit expedition.
This 4 day climb schedule is best suited to those who want a moderate approach to the sport of mountaineering. The adventure focuses on proper acclimation and skill development while enjoying the stunning scenery of Mt. Shasta. This best maximizes the opportunity to reach the summit and allows more moderate climb days, training, recovery and yes — fun.
The 2 day climb schedule is an aggressive and challenging itinerary and should be considered if you are in very good physical condition and training diligently for the challenge. The first day’s hike to basecamp (approx. 9,500′) will prepare us for a very early alpine start on summit day. Midnight wake up, summit climb, and return to the trailhead make for a big challenge. Proper conditioning and preparation are crucial to summit success.
This route is an excellent climb for mountaineers looking for a moderate, less visited climb to Shasta’s summit. Our base camp in Hidden Valley (9,200′) is spectacular and well positioned for the summit push. A beautiful, more remote climb for those seeking a true Wilderness experience. Comparable technical challenge to Avalanche Gulch and ideal for new and experienced climbers. The schedule is alpine style so good training is essential for reaching the summit.
May 26-28, 2018June 8-10 & 22-24, 2018July 13-15, 2018
Fee: $795 per person
Mt. Shasta Glacier Seminar I : Introduction to Mountaineering (4 days)
This is a north side summit climb with an extra day for skills training, glacier school, and acclimation. The 4 day course and summit climb is for the aspiring mountaineer who wants to build a solid foundation of mountain skills with the opportunity to climb a technical glacier route on the north side of Mt. Shasta. We’ll thoroughly instruct in crampon use, ice axe techniques, rope travel, snow anchors, and more. With an optimal schedule for success and skill building, this seminar is ideal for a summit climb and more.
North Side Mt. Shasta Glacier Summit Climb (3 days)
Descending the north side of Mt. Shasta
Climb Mt. Shasta with SMG on what Outside Magazine calls a “Life Changing Adventure Trip”. Shasta’s northeast side is a vast and scenic glaciated wilderness. The climbing routes follow long, steep snow pitches between the Hotlum, Bolam, and Wintun glaciers. Basecamp is pitched by snow melt springs at 9,500’ on large glacial moraines. A great route for returning climbers and those looking for an introductory glacier climb.
Clear Creek is the broad open slopes on Mt. Shasta’s east side. Considered one of the least technical routes to the summit, it’s challenge lies in overcoming long sections of loose rock and scree. Although most of the climb does travel on the Clear Creek “Trail”, there are snow fields encountered and will require ice axe and crampons for a portion of the climb. This is a good choice late in the season or dry years for a strenuous yet non technical summit ascent.
This is the classic alpine ridge climb on Mt. Shasta for winter and spring ascents. Dramatic rock spires and steep, exposed climbing make for a challenging and technical ascent. This route is for experienced climbers who want a more challenging route to the summit. Prior experience and strong physical ability required. Please contact to register.