Fletch wrote:Was planning a road trip with my buddy to climb most of the bigger peaks in the Pacific NW. Was considering flying into San Francisco and driving to Seattle and climbing our way northward.
What time of year would be the best time to climb (for instance Shasta, Lassen, Hood, Baker, Adams, and Rainier) all in the same trip?
How long should we allow ourselves?
Im thinking the beginning of June might be best and we should take two weeks (for driving and to enjoy ourselves and have a few rest/weather days).
Any thoughts? But im open to suggestions. Thanks!
The weather in the Pac NW is just better in regular summer, all the way down to CA. Unless you prefer a challenge as far as conditions, July-August sounds best. My pals like later in the season when the snow melts a bit and the crevasses are open and easy to see (rather than crossing snow bridges). You do have the longer days in June, great for Shasta by the tourist route, and many cannot wait till later in summer. Good to do it earlier in the season, by some. Except for maybe Rainier, you can do all of those peaks in a day climb, and it's easy with the Interstate to get from peak to peak. Ambitious climbers might do them all in a week, but I'd enjoy and see the towns and elsewhere. Spend a day each in SF, Portland, and Seattle.
If you cannot wait till next year, Lassen is easy and Shasta we did by the Hotlum/Wintun Glaciers about this time of year, a beautiful trip/weekend. However they're now getting rain up by Seattle, and perhaps for most the climbing season is over up there.