Hard and the Lightning Couloir was challenging
This is slightly easier and much less crowded than any route on Shasta. The summit is much more interesting and there are many things to explore (e.g. the high lakes and Whitney Glacier). I have climbed 8 more times since the first summit during winter and summer conditions and have never had a bad day on this peak. Do it!
Spent a beautiful night at Hidden Valley, protected from the wind by the scraggly trees up there. Watched some headlamps ascending Shasta proper before nodding off for a few hours of sleep.
The next morning, climbed up the snowfield, passed the Shastina summit cone to the east and then had to drop down quite a bit and scramble back up to gain the summit. Were I to do it again, I'd just climb directly up to the summit from the south instead of going around. Beautiful climb, though, with Shasta looming.
Camped at Hidden Valley and decided to do Shastina for a change of pace. Pefect weather and a great summit. We camped alone and summited alone, even though Bunny Flats was packed. (Must have been a party going on at Helen Lake.) Great change of pace for those of whom frequently climb Shasta.
Climbing friend dave and I traversed over to Shastin summit after climbing Shasta.Was worth the added effort and made our day fullfilling.It was an easy descent back to our camp at Hidden Valley from there...,JW
Day hike with my son, a most lovely day. Trip Report.
First trip a dayhike out of Bunny Flat the day after climbing Wintun Ridge in July 2010. Turns out this was my 200th California summit. Great conditions and loved the views. Good glissiding down Cascade Gluch if you traverse left twice where the options open up.
Really enjoyed checking out the lakes in and around the crater, couldn't resist stopping there before heading to the top.
Second trip was a quick side trip with Matt when going up Cascade Gulch to the summit of Shasta.
Long slog up the Lightning Couloir of Shastina, but we made it.
After feeling I'd climbed the Cascade volcanoes I saw this listed as the 3rd highest Cascade peak and decided this needed a visit. Didn't go up Shasta again as I was contemplating, Shastina is a fun trip, with an interesting summit area to explore. Also like the Hidden Valley area and will have to check out Shasta's west side routes.
Good climb up and down the lightning couloir.
My dad and I hiked up to hidden valley,camped, and got a relatively late start (5:30). We began climbing until we reached a very icey snowfield. We headed to the right because it looked ueasier, and it was until we were forced to climb up some horrible class four loose slateish stuff. After that, we were almost at the saddle, above sisson lake, when i got sick. The combination of the exposure and looseness of the last climbing, combined with the fact that i had drinken about 1/3 of the reccomended water, had failed our attempt, only about 400 feet from the summit
Climbed Shastina via Lightning Bolt Gully. This is probably the most direct route from Hidden Valley. It goes up the left most gully when viewed from Hidden Valley and has a slight zig-zag in it, hence the lightning bolt name. The last 10 ft was exposed class 3 climb over rock and ice face. Summited in the moonlight at 4:30 AM and high winds, so I couldn't see much and didn't stay long. Had the mountain to myself.
This is a great climb if the wind isn't blowing. I camped near the summit on a beautiful day in May.
Unplanned dayhike but with lots of excitement and attitude, Tina and I summitted in just over 7 hours on perfectly frozen snow, tons of sun and 35mph wind gusts. Absolutely loved it! Saw a few people camped at Hidden Valley, but really had the place to ourselves. A real treat away from the crowds on Shasta (which we summitted 2 days earlier).
after my partner bailing on the idea of a west ridge ascent twice , I decided to do my first winter solo. I barrowed a pair of rondanea skis and traversed over to the large west gully near the ridge(people ski this gully, but at the time and after asking all the local climbers and the AAC noone seemed to know about any west ridge route). I dug a snow cave and went for the summit the next day. alot of ice fall as I traversed over to the very base of the ridge. a nice easy climb, then more technical over and around the gendarmnes(can make it much easier if you want). I topped out as the sun was almost out. at the time, I needed two axes for the rime coated summit because I picked the longest face I could(requiring a detour in order to do so). then downclimbed an easier way (one axe needed), back to camp as the storm came in. woke to a blizzard the next day and had to ski out with a compass in hand due to serious white-out.
Summited Shastina about 2:30 pm after leaving camp at 8:00 am. Great weather.......... lots of sunhine. Deep snow, we snow-shoed almost all the way to the top. Hidden Valley is spectacular. We were the only group camped there!!! A recurrent theme in my summit logs is where to get a good meal! Check out Mike and Tony's in Mt. Shasta City. Order any of their Italian dishes. Or, order the Filet and prepare to be blown away. The chef is Australian, and he imports his steaks from down under. No worries................Cheers.
Day-hiked from Horse Camp to saddle below 12000' but made some routefinding err... I mean enjoyed some scenic detours so arrived late in the day (12pm) after a 5:30am start. The scree slog up to the Shastina summit looked definitely uninviting, so went for the most excellent glissade back down instead. Crossing the mixed rock snowfields from the Valley back to camp in the pm was a bit hairy. Putting on/taking off crampons in the morning ate up some time, too (by this time of the season the snow coverage was patchy in places, but rock hard where present). But the main idea was to acclimatize for a Shasta summit attempt the next day and gain experience, so it all worked out for the best. Great fun.
We camped in Lower Hidden Valley the night before. Not a single human being anywhere in sight! Woke up rather late in the morning (around 9am) and climbed Shastina.. There were some remaining patches of snow in the Cascade Gulch on the way to the saddle that we climbed without crampons but with ice-axes. My girlfriend slipped on the wet snow in one place and slid down for about 40 feet until she managed to self-arrest. Thank god for ice axes!! Approach to the saddle was not pleasant over neverending talus and scree. Sisson Lake on the saddle is so beautiful - I bet you can't see it anytime earlier in the season due to the snow. We walked around it, took pictures of the lake and Whitney Glacier, and climbed into the Shastina crater. We reached the summit by ~3pm. Going down through talus was the best part, each step is 2-3 times bigger than normal. We got back to our tent just before the sunset.