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Casaval vs. HBR: best route for mid-April

Postby deungsan » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:16 am

Hoping to try a new route (for me) on Shasta in mid-April. Which would be better, Casaval Ridge or Hotlum-Bolam Ridge?

What are the chances that the HBR trailhead will even be open?

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Postby ScottyP » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:24 am

My plan is Casaval. I don't think the north wil be assesable, Scott
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Postby Darren9 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:29 am

The trailhead for the HB ridge doesn't open until at least mid May. Casaval is the one to do this time of year.
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Postby rhyang » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:34 pm

Technically speaking you could do Hotlum-Bolam Ridge in April, but the road to Northgate trailhead is not plowed and the approach would be much longer.

Casaval would theoretically be safer from avalanche risk too. The name of HBR is kind of deceptive -- the route really isn't a ridge, per se .. it's just that most anything on the north side which is not a glacier is called a "ridge" :)
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Postby deungsan » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:01 am

Great info. Thanks everyone.

Follow-up question:

During the same mid- April time frame, would the Green Butte Route be viable/safe?

At least it starts from a trailhead you can drive to...

Thanks again.
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Postby rhyang » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:48 pm

I had some similar questions last year -
http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=43927

I would like to have done it in April (better conditions), but ended up going in May. Still a lot of fun :)
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Postby deungsan » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:37 am

Excellent thread. Thank you, sir.
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