Thursday, May 14, 2015

TR: A day on Shasta - Part 3 of 3: The Entertainer

After celebrating our ridiculous day with a few beers in the lot, and talking to some spiritual seekers who were stoned and looking for 2 of their companions.... we decided to keep raising the bar by finding some exchange students to drive Kim's car down the hill so we could check out the single track down to town.

Here's part 3...

And here's all 3 condensed to one 5 min. vid.

Alberto & ??? getting ready to drive the car down for our shuttle... I figured since I had no info on them, I should probably take a pic or something.  I don't think this pic would have helped...
Here's what we rode... you can start higher up on Bunny Flat when there isn't any snow.  But we started off of Sand Flat due to snow, and even then we had to ride/hike through a bit snow..  If you want good skiing, you'll probably be starting where we did or maybe even lower.

Here's a map of the lower trails, most of which we didn't explore... next time, we'll have to do a bit more exploring.

And here's a link with more suggestions...

I had heard that the snowpack at Shasta was doing really good this year with the snowpack around average... but maybe not?
The Mt Shasta area has finished off winter with precipitation (since October 1st, the beginning of the wet season) at 32.77 inches of water, normal is 36.68, which puts us as 89% of normal. For 2015, we sit with 13.25 inches of water, normal is 21.47, or 61% of normal. Snow survey for the Sacramento, Shasta and Trinity Watersheds is far below normal for the month of April. Snowpack for the Mt Shasta area is 24% of normal with water content at 26% of normal. Even more concerning is the McCloud area snowpack. There is no measureable snow. For the first time since 1945, the first year snow surveys were started on the McCloud river watershed, McCloud courses were 0% of normal. The majority of Southern Siskiyou Counties current snowpack exists above 7,000 feet in elevation. Snowpack above this elevation actually shows a favorable increase from last year. However, after entering the fourth year of below average snowpack and no current snowpack in the lower elevations, the drought will have serious implications to water supplies and on the health of natural resources and wildlife.

Since most of

And remember to check out the climbing advisory

The point forecast

The Forecast Discussion

useful links for checking out the wind.


Other Links

Shasta Snow Depth

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