Mount Shasta, located in Northern California, is most easily climbed between late May and early June when a light snow cover makes the terrain more accessible to a wider variety of climbers. All climbers planning to hike up over 10,000 feet need to purchase a summit permit from the Mount Shasta or McCloud Ranger Stations. There are nine hiking trails that lead to the summit.
Regulations require all hikers to take bags to dispose of solid waste in specified containers. Climbing helmets are suggested for all hikers climbing at any time of the year. Hikers climbing to the summit in the early summer or spring should take crampons and an ice axe to help traverse the terrain. Winter climbing can be dangerous due to harsh weather conditions. Climbers should be prepared for extremely cold weather during winter months.
Climbers traversing the mountain during the dry late summer months should be prepared for rocky terrain. Falling rocks are common during this time of year and can be hazardous to hikers. The high winds on Mount Shasta and cold, often frozen conditions near the top of the mountain make it necessary to wear wind-proof, water-proof clothing and head and face protection. Gaiters may also be necessary to keep from getting snow in boots.