absinthe52 wrote:I am planning a trip to Shasta and Hood sometime in the spring. wondering how the "typical" snow/conditions are for late march/early april for a Hogsback ascent. Is it better to wait until later in the spring? I know it all dependson the year, but I need to purchase airplane tix now to avoid high costs later. Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for your time
I did this double this Spring, 2nd week in May. Hogsback and Cassaval Ridge. Nearly perfect conditions on the days I hiked, but you need flexibility, because the days before/after would have been a no go.
I spent a night in the Hood parking lot with rain and fog, so I had to come back a week later. Went down and did Shasta in between, got a day with 50 mph winds and generally clear conditions to do my climb (turned back on Misery Hill when visibility went to hell) sandwiched between a day with 70 mph (wouldn't climb in these conditions) and the follow on day when the clouds stayed and there was very poor visibility.
I think early May will give you your best shot at good conditions, but you need a window because the weather will do what it will.