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Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek is the standard route on the southeast face of Mount Shasta. It hosts outstanding views, alpine meadows, deep Mud Creek Canyon, and it is far less populated than most of the routes leading out of Bunny Flat. This route is actually the least technical on the mountain, having a gentler slope than Avalanche Gulch for almost the entire ascent. The route conditions vary considerably as the season progresses, ranging from nearly complete snow coverage from the trailhead to trails through scree for the entire route up the mountain. Parties climb it in all conditions, it just depends on your preferences.  In mid to late season running water is available at Clear Creek Meadows, and there are comfortable camp locations ranging from 8300 feet to over 9900 feet on the route.

Please note that the road leading up to the hike is rocky, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to access the trail.

Category: Medium

Distance: 5.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,994 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 736 to merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway toward McCloud. Turn left onto Pilgrim Creek Rd after 3.2 miles. From there, turn left onto Wintoon Way, then turn right onto Hotlum Drive. Turn right onto Widow Springs Drive then turn left onto Snowline Circle. Snowline Circle turns left and becomes Summit View Drive. Turn right onto Lakeview Drive, then turn left onto Widow Springs Drive.

Highlights: Beautiful waterfall, gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta

Photo Credit: Discover Siskiyou


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Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek is the standard route on the southeast face of Mount Shasta. It hosts outstanding views, alpine meadows, deep Mud Creek Canyon, and it is far less populated than most of the routes leading out of Bunny Flat. This route is actually the least technical on the mountain, having a gentler slope than Avalanche Gulch for almost the entire ascent. The route conditions vary considerably as the season progresses, ranging from nearly complete snow coverage from the trailhead to trails through scree for the entire route up the mountain. Parties climb it in all conditions, it just depends on your preferences.  In mid to late season running water is available at Clear Creek Meadows, and there are comfortable camp locations ranging from 8300 feet to over 9900 feet on the route.

Please note that the road leading up to the hike is rocky, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to access the trail.

Category: Medium

Distance: 5.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,994 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 736 to merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway toward McCloud. Turn left onto Pilgrim Creek Rd after 3.2 miles. From there, turn left onto Wintoon Way, then turn right onto Hotlum Drive. Turn right onto Widow Springs Drive then turn left onto Snowline Circle. Snowline Circle turns left and becomes Summit View Drive. Turn right onto Lakeview Drive, then turn left onto Widow Springs Drive.

Highlights: Beautiful waterfall, gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta

Photo Credit: Discover Siskiyou