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Welcome! (And general beta)

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Here is some general beta for climbing the southernmost Cascade peaks, both in California. Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak:

Shasta is a very popular peak to bag for novice and expert climbers alike, with many routes to chose from. A few books exist on the peak that are worth looking into: Steve Lewis has a book for the absolute novice called "Climbing Mt. Shasta". Soon, Andy Selters "The Mt. Shasta Book" will be released, with more of a look at the complete mountain. Both peaks are also in Jeff Smoot's book Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes. Check local bookstores, or on line for more.

The USFS Ranger District has website for info at: http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/shastatrinity

For current conditions and beta the best place to check is the Fifth Season, in Mt. Shasta City. These guys really know the mountain more than anyone (530) 926-3606. They even have a 24-hour hotline: (530) 926-5555.


Lassen Peak is located in Lassen Volcanic National Park and has a steep trail to top (nearly, the last 100' are an easy scramble over boulders) that is hiked by many people every year. Information can be found at any ranger station or park entrance. Obviously, the hike is best done when leaving in the morning, and takes most people about 4-5 hours. Probably less for regular climbers. A few people with rocks in their head have even jogged to the top!

This is the only route to the summit generally allowed by the NPS, which is disappointing because Lassen's other flanks, especially the east gullies, yeild good potential for moderate climbing. I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing this to contact the Park:

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Box 100

Mineral, California 96063

(530) 595-4444

Late spring, right after the roads open would be a great time to give it a go. And if the NPS does let you try, give me a call, I'd love to go!

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