Mount Shasta - West Face Route (7/27/2019)

The West Face route on Mount Shasta is described as " From the Sierra Club Hut you’ll climb/traverse along the lower ramparts of Casaval Ridge into Hidden Valley/Cascade Gulch.  At an elevation of 9,200 feet there are lots of bivy site options.  Keep in mind potential rock fall and snow slides when choosing a site.  The climb from here is a straight shot up along the shallow West Face gulley.  An alternate route ascends to the climber’s right of the West Face gulley following lower angle terrain up to about 11,000 feet through a short gap in the rocks onto the upper West Face gulley.  The crux is the top of the West Face but can easily be passed on the climber’s right." by the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center.

Traversing along the skree and talaus field towards hidden valley from the bunny flats trailhead

Camping in the Hidden Valley of Mount Shasta below the West Face route

The starry night over Mount Shasta from Hidden Valley

Mount Shasta West Face route with the mountain shadow and forest fire smoke below

Looking up the West Face route at one of the steepest sections

Looking down the West Face route towards Hidden Valley camp

From the Saddle in the previous picture looking towards the traverse towards the summit block and misery ridge

At the top of Misery Ridge looking towards the summit block

The classic summit photo at the top of Mount Shasta

This is the route we climbed up and then glissaded down. The conditions were prefect. Leaving the camp at 4AM kept the snow conditions hard enough for crampons and return at around 2PM the snow was soft enough for a good glissade

We opted to return home instead of spending another night. Returning involved some difficult route finding and a few minor falls in the field of skree and talus

Looking back at Mount Shasta from Bunny Flat trailhead