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Mount Shasta, California (14,179 feet)

Mount Shasta is California’s largest volcano at 14,179 feet and is the second tallest peak in the Cascade Range after Mt Rainier.  Shasta sits 200 miles north of the Lake Tahoe Basin and approximately 60 miles south of the Oregon border, and there is no other mountain like it in California. Mt Shasta’s south side routes offer the perfect introduction to mountaineering on big mountains. The north side routes are heavily glaciated and offer more advanced and steep climbing. The nearest regional airports with commercial air transport services are 60 miles south of Mt Shasta City in Redding, California at the Redding Regional Airport and 90 miles to the north in Medford, Oregon at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport.

Every trip you book with Shasta Mountaineering School is personally guided by the owner, Shane Rathbun. Shane has more than 50+ summits and 20+ ski descents over 10 routes and 15 years of experience on Mount Shasta. We offer a guided summit climb of Mt Shasta for beginners, summit ski descents of Mt Shasta for experienced skiers and snowboarders, and an intermediate guided summit climb of Mt Shasta on the north side. We run trips May through July. From your booking phone call to the summit, join us and let Shane show you first hand the difference a personally guided trip makes!


Why choose Shasta Mountaineering School?

  • Many mountain guide companies operating on Mount Shasta claim to have more experience, but how much Mount Shasta experience does the actual guide assigned to your trip have?
  • When you book a trip with Shasta Mountaineering School, the guide you are personally hiring has more than 15 years of experience on Mount Shasta. Every summit climb of Mt Shasta you book with us is personally guided by the owner, Shane Rathbun. Shane has more than 50 summits and 20 ski descents over 15 years of experience on Mount Shasta.  
  • When you book a trip with Shasta Mountaineering School, you know exactly who you’re hiring for your guided summit climb of Mt Shasta.
  • Visit our About Us page to learn about your guide, Shane Rathbun. You can also call me anytime and I’m happy to chat about our upcoming trip and answer any questions you might have. I’m available anytime.
  • Every trip includes: all your personal technical gear, overnight camping equipment, permits, and meals while on the mountain.
  • We have a group size limit of 3 guests on almost all of our trips. We are dedicated to increased safety margins and high quality trips.
  • The route for the 3-day Mt Shasta Summit Climb

    Mount Shasta Summit Climb over 3 days

    May – June. This is our most popular guided trip. Learn mountaineering skills while going to the summit of Mt Shasta via the Avalanche Gulch route over 3 days.
    $1,195.00 per person
  • The route we'll take on our Mt Shasta Summit Ski Descent

    Mt Shasta Summit Ski Descent via West Face

    May – June. Our classic 3 day trip to ski from the summit of Mt Shasta via the West Face from a base camp in Hidden Valley.
  • This is the route we will use when climbing Mt Shasta over 2 days before we ski from the summit.

    Accelerated Mt Shasta Summit Ski Descent via West Face

    May – June. An accelerated 2 day trip to ski from the summit of Mt Shasta via the West Face.
  • A graphic of the route of you will take to summit Mt Shasta with a guide via Avalanche Gulch!

    Mount Shasta Summit Climb over 2 days

    May – June. This trip is over 2 days. An accelerated climb to the summit of Mt Shasta via the Avalanche Gulch route.
  • A photo of the sunrise on a summit hike of Mt Shasta via the Clear Creek route with Shasta Mountaineering School.

    Mount Shasta Summit Climb via Clear Creek

    June – July. A less technical route to the summit of Mt Shasta over 3 days.
    $1,195.00 per person
  • Ski tracks on Casaval Ridge after climbing Mt Shasta!

    Private – Accelerated Mt Shasta Summit Ski Descent via West Face

    May – June. Private trip with only you and the guide. Ski from the summit of Mt Shasta via the West Face over 2 days.