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trexkerryDayhike from Clear Creek TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2014
With my brother - 7.5 hours up and 4 hours down from Clear Creek TH. The route up wasn't as bad as feared, scrambled up rocks whenever possible over the last 1,500 feet as the trail would have been a nightmare. Coming down was easy, but caution is warranted as it is loose and I did take a couple minor tumbles, landing in the soft ash. Only acclimated for 4 hours at 9,000 feet the day before, and was really slow above 13,000 but somehow all our energy came back once we got to the top. Grueling day for sure. The trail is longer than indicated on SP - nearly 7 miles one way due to the many switchbacks. Trip report is HERE.
Posted Sep 6, 2014 4:47 pm

bscottwonderful route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2014


fantastic views, and barely a soul on the trail. too bad it was so dry this year. we did get a nice 1,000' glissade on the way down however.
Posted Jul 8, 2014 2:12 am

mrchad9Scree  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2013


Nothing but screw and a bit of talus up top but didn't find it to be tedious at all. Some of the use trails up were a but loose, but those closer to the rock outcroppings to the right were fairly solid. Perfect weather and my last ascent of all the major routes on Shasta.
Posted Sep 16, 2013 1:09 am

Montana MattLoose, loose, loose  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2011

Montana Matt

Invited by a friend to climb Shasta and couldn't say no. Long approach from Clear Creek, but very scenic.

Camped at 8800 feet. Warm night, but the snow the next morning was in pretty good condition. Had good snow most of the way up to the orange UFO rock at 12,800. Then we headed up a nasty scree slope. There were some patches of solid rock, but most of it was choss. Don't do this in a large group. Lots of large loose rocks are waiting to kill someone.
Posted Jul 7, 2011 7:28 pm

splattskiLong approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2000


We were on skis from pretty low. Perfect weather. A little too perfect because the snow turned to mush in the heat.
Trip report
Posted Apr 17, 2011 9:33 am

nickLSummer CC Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2009


Set up camp in the Clear Creek basin in the evening, left camp for the top 2 hours before sunrise. Long grind up to the orange UFO rock at 12,800 ft. I felt like I was going forever but the rock didnt seem to be getting any closer! Above the rock we picked one of the faint trails traversing to the right and ended up scratching our way up a nasty scree slope between a couple of rocky fingers. No snow on the route except for the short flat section at the top of the Whitney Glacier, just below the summit. Had perfect weather all day, not too warm, not too cold. We spent over an hour on top, then headed down. Once we made it past the steep stuff above the orange rock we made crazy good time going down the loose trail.
Posted Jun 12, 2010 1:37 pm

edevartClear Creek Death Scree  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


Left Clear Creek Springs at 3:30 am and was on the summit at noon. Spent two hours on the summit, most of it alone. Took a half hour nap.

The hike up was long and loose, but not particularly difficult this time. No snow until the small steep upper Wintun Glacier section. Only needed the crampons for a hundred yard segment, otherwise did the whole thing in running shoes (the best of all mountaineering boots).
Posted Sep 6, 2007 4:51 pm

climberskaSuccessful Clear Creek attempt
I made it! Did the Clear Creek Route. My third summit on this route out of 7 attempts. My other failures were due to weather or starting too late, etc.

I think the best route is to traverse right at the big orange rock (at about 12,800') and get on the upper Wintun Glacier, but this time I went straight up through the Genuine 5 Star scree pile to the summit plateau. That scree pile is dangerous to be below if people are on it due to rock fall, especially if there is snow that provides a good rolling surface for the rocks. The rocks come down off the 5 Star scree pile like missiles. Fortunately I was the only one this time.

Once, in July, I made it to the top of the Genuine 5 Star Scree pile (the summit plateau) and the wind was so strong I could not stand so I tried crouching but that was no good either. I went back down with the summit in full view only 3 or 400 feet above me.

Last year, most of the upper Wintun had melted and had been replaced by flatish rocks. As I crossed the flatish rocks on my way to the Glacier snow, I noticed there was water ice beneath them. The rocks slid on this ice as I tried traversing to the Glacier Snow. It was too dangerous to walk even with crampons so I abandoned the attempt.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 5:35 am

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