This trip turned out to be a lot of fun. I've wanted to climb to the top of Shastina for a long time. I've also wanted to try splitboarding for a long time and this was the perfect weekend to do both.
The forecast was great and my buddy Brent wanted to try skinning in the backcountry as well.
On Friday April 17th we headed north. We went to the Fifth Season to rent a few items and headed up to the Bunny Flat trailhead shortly thereafter. The snow wasn't all the way to the parking lot, 6,950' so we were going to hike. Our plan was to go to Horse Camp and see if we felt like going to Hidden Valley or just setting up camp at Horse Camp.
We left the parking lot a little after 3:00 PM and arrived at Horse camp around 4:30 our packs were heavy and we did not want to carry them all the way to Hidden Valley. There were not very many people around, the snow was deep. We setup camp and skinned a little.
Saturday morning we headed out from Horse Camp around 7 AM. We decided to just wear crampons and leave our skins behind. (We should have brought the skins...)
We couldn't really find the trail to Hidden Valley since the snow was fairly fresh and not many people have headed over there. I had been there before but we definitely went the long way and ended up scrambling a few times. We went just below Hidden Valley and came up the gully on the west of HV.
The clouds were surrounding us so I hurried up the face to make sure that I could find our route down. It was cold and breezy.
The clouds broke, but were covering the upper mountain. We decided to head down.