Route of the Week: Six-Toe Crack
Route Type: Traditional
Gear: 0.4 – 4.5”, alpine draws
Formation: Six Toe Rock, Castle Crags
One of the more popular multi-pitch routes in the Castle Crags Wilderness this has been a staple climb in the State of Jefferson for decades. It is highlighted by fun climbing and spectacular views Mt Shasta and the Castle Crags Wilderness. Fun fact: You can find the climb’s namesake in a mural at the Vet’s Club in Mt Shasta, Ca.
From the town of Mt. Shasta drive 14 miles south on Interstate 5 to the town of Castella (exit 724) and head West for one mile to Castle Crags State Park.
The Castle Crags trail starts from the Vista Point trailhead and travels west for just over 1.5 miles along the Kettle Belly Ridge. Six Toe Spire will be the first large rock formation just past an obvious saddle.
P1: (100’) Stellar 5.7 to 5.8 fingers to hands. Just bloody fun climbing with good gear. Bolted anchor left.
P2: (100’) Starts on the same fun climbing and finished on a 5.8 OW or step out to the side for easier but less protected climbing.
P3: (75’) Fun 5.6 climbing to the top of the spire. Rappel what you climbed.
Mt Shasta Area Rock Climbing by Grover Shipman