Mount Shasta 14,180' - Clear Creek Route
This year John and I planned on going up Clear Creek Route. The Clear Creek Route is longer than the John Muir(Avalanche Gulch) Route. It usually has a spring running at 8,000'(Clear Creek).
Thursday May 30, 2013: Travel day
John and I left Bay Area after work. We arrived at the Clear Creek Trailhead 6,400' at 11:00 PM. Packed up and headed to Clear Creek Spring with headlamps. Arrived at Clear Creek Spring around 12:30 AM. Setup our tent and went to sleep by 2:00 AM
Friday May 31, 2013: Acclimation Day
I don't remember what time we woke up, but I do recall that I didn't get enough sleep. We had some coffee and breakfast. Enjoyed the view. Now that we could see we decided to move the tent to a better location, somewhere around 8,500'. There were no people in sight. We hiked up to around 10,000' and over to Mud Creek Canyon. Which was incredible. John hiked up to get a view of the falls that we could hear at the top of the canyon.
Saturday June 1, 2013: Summit Day
We left base camp by 5:00 AM, the weather was great. We saw the sunrise when we were around 10,000'.
We stopped every 1,000' or so to hydrate and eat. At every rest the view just got better. We were feeling the altitude, but the extra time on the mountain really helped us. Most of the climb was on snow and ice, but there was a bit of scree to deal with. We donned crampons the whole way and alternated between trekking poles and ice axes.
The weather was probably about as good as it gets on Shasta. Cool and sunny with a slight breeze. We reached the Summit around 1:00.
Our descent took about five hours, we glissaded for a few thousand feet, but were both out of water when we got back to base camp.
Sunday June 2, 2013: Departure
We took our time getting up. Packed up camp and hiked out with anticipation of getting a burger an beer in town. I think we arrived in town around 1? Ate lunch at The Goat Tavern(107 Chestnut St, Mount Shasta, CA 96067) and stopped in at the Fifth Season(300 N Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067) before the journey home.