If climbing Mount Shasta is in your plans, here are some considerations. You will need two permits, available at either the Mount Shasta ranger station or at the trailhead:
A wilderness permit that tells rangers where you are on the mountain and your climbing plan in case of an emergency. It's free.
A summit pass for going above 10,000 feet. Below 10,000 feet, the Forest Service considers it a day hike. Once you're above 10,000 feet, you are on more technical routes. Cost is $15.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest's Mount Shasta ranger station is at:
204 W. Alma St.
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Information: (530) 926-4511 or
Climbers are required to have the following equipment: crampons, a helmet and an ice ax.
Permitted guides include:
Shasta Mountain Guides - www.shastaguides.com
Sierra Wilderness Seminars - www.swsmtns.com
Alpine Skills International - www.alpineskills.com
Good Web sites about Mount Shasta:
Good books to read:
"Climbing Mt. Shasta: Route 1, Avalanche Gulch" by Steve Lewis (PhotograFix Publishing, $15.95, 174 pages)
"Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills" (7th edition; Mountaineers Books, $29.95; 575 pages)
Mount Shasta by the numbers
Bunny Flat trailhead elevation: 6,890 feet
Hidden Valley base camp elevation: 9,300 feet
Summit elevation: 14,162 feet
Vertical gain from trailhead to summit: About 7,200 feet.
Hiking distance, Bunny Flat to Hidden Valley base camp: Four miles
Hiking distance, Hidden Valley to summit: Four miles
Annual snowfall at 7,600 feet: About 400 inches
2005 serious injuries on the mountain: 10
Last death on the mountain: 2004
Tons of human waste packed out each year: 2; there is a leave-no-trace policy
People per year entering the wilderness area: 25,000 to 30,000
Source: U.S. Forest Service