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Climb the West Face of Mt. Shasta in California, 3 days


Join an IFMGA-certified mountain guide for this challenging but scenic 3-day mountaineering expedition up the West Face of Mt Shasta. Challenge yourself on a slightly more difficult route, but enjoy more solitude and amazing views all the way up.

Private and Group

Cascade Range

3 Days

Apr, May, Jun




  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the southern Cascade Range.
  • Conquer the second highest peak in the Cascades and fifth highest in California.
  • Get the satisfaction of taking a tougher route to the top.


Sitting at the very southern end of the Cascade Range, Mt Shasta towers above its northern California surroundings.

Rising to 14,179 feet in elevation, the potentially active volcano offers many excellent climbing options for novice mountaineers.

Perhaps the most challenging of these, as well as the most scenic, is Mt Shasta’s West Face. While still completely appropriate for beginners, the route is more challenging than others on the peak, meaning it is generally less crowded.

Our adventure begins on day one, when we meet up in the town of Mt Shasta, check our gear and carpool to the trailhead at Bunny Flat (6,860 feet) on the mountain’s southern side.

From here, we will hike over the lower part of Casaval Ridge and descend into the Cascade Valley at the base of the West Face. We will spend the rest of the day setting up camp and going over necessary ice axe and crampon skills.

Getting an alpine start on the following day – roughly 1 or 2 am – we will begin climbing up the West Face, beginning by ascending steeply before reaching the glacier and traversing it to the top.

While the going is much tougher than other routes up the mountain, the views are incredibly rewarding. This is especially true from the top, where we will have panoramic vistas over the surrounding beauty of the southern Cascades.

After having a bit of a rest, we will descend down the West Face and spend the night at camp. The following day, we will pack it up and hike back out to the trailhead.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this challenging but incredibly beautiful 3-day mountaineering ascent of Mt Shasta via the West Face!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you will also enjoy our 2-day ascent of Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch!


More info

Please contact us for a complete list of what is included.

Meeting point

Mt. Shasta, California

Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe





Belay device

Watter bottle

About the guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.




Mount Shasta, California

What people are saying about SWS Mountain Guides

Loren Sweet


September, 2022

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

Jon Niswander


July, 2022

Life changing experience!!

Rising Percey


May, 2022

Our guides took 27 of us, all of different skill level and age range 12- 50. We all loved it! Professional, friendly, helpful and highly skilled. I highly recommend them.

Magdalena Bucka


April, 2022

This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!

Ken Manabe


February, 2022

The hike was great and I got exactly I wanted.

Kendra Grubb


August, 2021

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Oz Pena


June, 2021

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1160 Each

Group of 2

USD 1160 Each

Group of 3

USD 1160 Each

Group of 4

USD 1160 Each

Group of 5

USD 1160 Each

Group of 6

USD 1160 Each

Group of 7

USD 1160 Each

Group of 8

USD 1160 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Please note for the private option of this trip, a minimum of three guests are required.



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