MT. SHASTA'S NORTH SIDE CONDITIONS~
IT'S STILL A BIT SMOKEY BUT SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER.
THE HIGHER YOU GO, THE CLEARER IT GETS!
My friend Steve Lewis and I took a hike on the north side of Mt. Shasta Saturday and found solitude, blue skies and fun conversation!
We hiked up the ridge of this drainage noticing a lot of erosion and avalanche activity that happened in the past. This area is not well traveled making this adventure that more exciting.
We hiked up to the top of this ridge for better views of the glacier.
This glacier is known as the Hotlum Glacier. Hotlum is known to be the largest glacier in volume on Mt. Shasta. This glacier and 3 other glaciers on Mt. Shasta were named by John Wesley Powell, famous for leading the first party down the Colorado River. He was appointed as the 2nd Geological Director and at this time named the glaciers on Mt. Shasta. These include the Hotlum meaning Steep Rock, Bolam meaning Great, Wintu after the Wintun Tribe and Konwakiton meaning Muddy.
Here's a close up on the lower icefalls on the Hotlum Glacier.
The White Bark Pine is a common tree on Mt. Shasta above tree line. It grows up to around 9,000 ft. The seeds from the cones are an important food resource for the Clarks Nutcracker. They collect thousands of seeds and bury them for future stashes.
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