Longer but easier than AG. Also fewer people which is nice. This is my favorite way to introduce friends & family to Shasta.
This year was super dry and amounted to very little snowfall. I missed my climbing windows for other routes earlier in the year. I knew Clear Creek route is a good option in a dry year so I went for it. Hiked up to camp by the springs late in the day om day one. Bivied out under a bright moon. Started up the trail around 3a and pretty much followed use trails almost all the way to the summit arriving at 730a. I was super tired when i got to the summit so I laid down behind the rocks out of the wind and in the sun. It must have been super cozy because I and ended up waking up around 1030. I started down and made it back to my vehicle around 1p. I did not see another climber on the mountain that day.
Solo climb of this route. I started really early (0130 hrs) because I was not familiar with the route. Summited at around 0730 and it was still pretty cold. The lack of snow made the loose scree a real pain, more so on the way down. Pretty crowded on Labor Day weekend, but met some nice people up there. The water at the springs area was still flowing strong so no need to pack a lot of water. Just bring enough to get you to high camp.
I got a leisurely start around 8:00 and summitted before 2:00. My descent was no picnic, but was nearly twice as fast as the ascent. I shared the ufo rock area and summit area with several overnighters and a few dayhikers on the busy Labor Day weekend. I found some temporary solitude, and safety from hiker induced rockfall on the way up by traversing right from ufo rock and traveling immediately next to Wintun glacier (briefly class 2-3). On the descent, I tried a different way, heading to my right from center again, down some gullies and angling to my left to ufo rock. Anyway, I was glad I had poles, and although it wasn't as bad as rumored, I plan to avoid long scree slogs like this on future Shasta trips.
A really nice dayhike. Made the summit just a bit before noon. Clouds were building but didn't result in any precip. Views were minimal due to all the fires burning. Lower forest was quite smokey on ascent, better on descent once the boundary layer had increased in height. I'd honestly say this is a much more exerting dayhike vs. Mt. Whitney.
Again on 9/25/16. This time with great views, CA Central valley all the way to Mt Scott at Crater Lake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.