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Mount Shasta Splitboarding
Mount Shasta Splitboarding
Mount Shasta Splitboarding
Mount Shasta Splitboarding

Mount Shasta, California, 3 Day Guided Splitboarding and Backcountry Skiing

Join an AMGA certified mountain guide, who wants to lead you on a 3 day adventure to the top of Mount Shasta in the Cascade mountain range in northern California!


Cascade Range


3 Days


Apr - Jun


Very high




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Mount Shasta (4,322) is a magnificent peak in the Cascade mountain range of California. Gorgeous to look at, the peak is even more exceptional to climb, as the views from the summit are truly spectacular. However, it’s during the descent, which you will get to splitboard down, where the real treat of the peak comes into play.

Due to the demanding nature of this trip, participants should be in excellent physical condition. Also, while previous mountaineering experience is not necessary, you should be able to splitboard at an advanced level.

Mount Shasta is an incredible peak. And on this 3 day splitboarding and backcountry skiing tour, you will get to enjoy it in many different ways. So send us a request, and enjoy ascending and descending this amazing peak!

Are you looking for another Californian adventure? If so, join me on this 2 day guided climb of the East Ridge of Mt. Humphreys.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Permit and entrance fees

- Harness

- Helmet

- Ice axe

Price details

The price includes food, camping equipment, avalanche safety equipment, as well as the Mount Shasta summit pass.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Approach to Horse Camp

At around 8:00 am. we will meet at the Bunny Flat Trailhead (6,950’). Following introductions and gear check with everyone to make sure nothing has been forgotten or left behind. If any climbing gear is being provided by GSG we will distribute it at this time. Before 9:00 am, we plan to start hiking. Horse Camp, which is located at 7,900 feet, will be your dedicated campsite for the expedition.

As soon as we get to camp, we'll stop for a break, set up camp, enjoy the breathtaking views Horse Camp has to offer and take a fast ski tour up to Avalanche Gulch. On this ski tour, we normally aim to gain and lose 1,000' of vertical feet. We'll head out to some low-angle snow slopes and lead an Intro to Mountaineering Course for a few hours after our afternoon tour.

After the course, we'll return to camp, talk about the strategy for our summit attempt or day of skiing and riding in Avalanche Gulch, eat dinner, pack our bags for the next day, and take in the stunning sunset with our fellow skiers and splitboarders. We'll need a good night's rest because we have an early start the next day.

Day 2: Summit Bid or Ski/ Ride day

If you attempt the summit, you must get up no later than 3:00 am, and we must enter Avalanche Gulch no later than 4:00 am. You can sleep longer if you're splitboarding or skiing below the Red Banks. For a few hours, we will climb Avalanche Gulch before arriving at the Red Banks at 12,800'. After a short break, we'll move on in the direction of Misery Hill.

We will reach one of the classic volcanos in North America and will be standing proud and tall at 14,179’ feet! We’ll enjoy the views on the summit for as long as the weather permits, snap those important summit photos and selfies, refuel and hydrate, then eventually make our way back down to camp, descending the same path we climbed. Once back to camp we’ll fire up the stove, feed our calorie-depleted bodies the nutrients it deserves, and reminisce on the incredible day we just had with a great group of people!

Day 3: Descend back to Bunny Flats Trailhead

For those interested, we can do one more lap-up Avalanche Gulch if you have the energy! If not, we'll have a leisurely morning where we will cook breakfast, pack up our bags, and begin the descent towards the Bunny Flat Trailhead where we began our adventure. Upon arrival back to the Bunny Flat Trailhead you will return any climbing equipment that was provided, kick off those ski/splitboard boots and slip into some comfy clothes.


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Meeting point

We'll meet at the Bunny Flat Trailhead at 8:00 am

Equipment you will need to bring

* Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets * Sleeping Bag & Liner (0-20 degree preferred) * Inflatable Sleeping Pad (R-rating, over 5 preferred) Belay Device * 3/4 Season Tent or Bivy Sack Ice Screws * Pillow Snow Pickets * Sunglasses Dry Treated Rope * Goggles (conditions dependant) Alpine Rack * Warm Hat/ Beanie Cordelette (18-20 in.) * Sun Hat Runners * Gloves First Aid Kit * Insulated Jacket (puffy) Utility Knife * Fleece Top Ski Repair Kit * Base Layers (top and bottom) Map & Compass * Hard Shell Jakcet and Snow Pants Communication Device * Extra Socks (ESSENTIAL!) Walkies * Headlamp & Extra Batteries Ski/ Splitboard Wax * Sunscreen * Eating Utensils (Plate, Spork, Cup) & Toiletries * Stove, Fuel, & Lighter * Handwarmers * Water Bottles (minimum 2 liters) * Food (a meal plan template will be provided) * Cell Phone + Charger * After Trip Clothes (left in car)


What experience and how fit do I need to be?

To participate in this trip, you must be in excellent physical condition and have advanced splitboarding skills. Previous mountaineering experience is not required, but it is helpful.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

It is generally recommended to start training a few months in advance. This will give you enough time to build your strength, endurance, and balance.

Cardio exercises, such as running, swimming, and biking, will help you improve your endurance. Strength training exercises, such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts, will also help you build the strength you need to carry your gear. Finally, balance training exercises, such as standing on one leg and walking on a tightrope, will help you improve your balance and coordination.

How will accommodation be handled?

We'll be staying in campsites during the ascent.

When and where will we meet?

We'll meet at the Bunny Flat Trailhead at 8:00 am

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own?

You will need to bring the following items:

-Trekking poles with snow baskets

-Sleeping bag and liner (0-20 degree preferred)

-Inflatable sleeping pad (R-rating over 5 preferred)



-Goggles (conditions dependant)

-Warm hat/beanie

-Sun hat


-Insulated jacket (puffy)

-Fleece top

-Base layers (top and bottom)

-Hard shell jacket and snow pants

-Extra socks (ESSENTIAL!)

-Headlamp and extra batteries


-Eating utensils (plate, spork, cup) and toiletries

-Stove, fuel, and lighter


-Water bottles (minimum 2 liters)

-Food (a meal plan template will be provided)

-Cell phone and charger

-After trip clothes (left in car)

What's included in the price?

The price includes food, camping equipment, avalanche safety equipment, as well as the Mount Shasta summit pass.

What is the best time of the year to embark on this trip?

The best time for this trip is during the months of April to June.

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can join a group on the specified dates.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

The guide-to-participant ratio is 1:4.

Are there any special requirements?

A pre-screening questionnaire is required for all guests to ensure that their fitness levels are acceptable.

About the guide: Ryan

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Single Pitch Instructor

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Splitboard Guide, a certified Single Pitch Instructor, and certified Wilderness First Responder and also hold an AIARE Pro 1 certificate.

At Golden State Guiding we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California's Eastern Sierra mountains including Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/ Kings National Park, Mount Shasta in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, and Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas Nevada. All Golden State Guiding guides are professionally trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and are some of the best Guides in the industry. Our professional Guides know exactly where to take you for your day out of rock, ice, or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing or splitboarding, and mountaineering in California or Nevada.

These are some of the spots where we can take you:

- Joshua Tree National Park

- San Diego (Mission Gorge or Mount Woodson)

- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill and the entire Palisade Range, Bear Creek Spire, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)

- Mount Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Southern Cascades

- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area



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What people are saying about Ryan



Weather changed the event from 3 to 1 day and I was unable to summit in one day. Suggest the trip be delayed instead of trying to get it done in one day.



Patrick took me out to the Indian Cove! Loved the short approach and couldn’t asked for better weather. Patrick recommended great pitches where I could try new stuff like chimneying. Would definitely book again if I go back to JTree!



We had an excellent time with Chad on our multi -pitch day in Joshua Tree. My partner and I have some experience climbing sport routes, but had no experience with trad climbing or multi-pitch routes. Chad is a great instructor and led our routes with ease. We felt confident in his abilities to keep us safe and have fun. Will definitely book again with him.



Super easy to work with. Great communication. Great guide. Will definitely use again.



We booked through Ryan, and Daniel was our guide - absolutely brilliant, very down to earth and knowledgeable. The climbs themselves were awesome, with insane views. My partner is an experienced indoor climber, and I have close to no experience, especially outdoors, but still felt safe and in good hands. We did a half day, which was 5hrs, and got 4 climbs in, then stayed after the tour to walk around a bit more and have some snacks with a view (make sure you take food/water as there aren’t any shops inside the park). Definitely recommend.

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