In summer, the spring at Horse Camp ensures a reliable supply of fresh water. There are plenty of cleared campsites after the snow melts. A fire ring in front of the hut offers climbers and campers a place to socialize on summer evenings. A Phoenix solar-powered composting toilet converts human waste into a non-toxic end product, making it easier to practice low impact camping. Shasta Alpine Lodge houses a guest register, a small library of mountain books, and displays pertaining to Mount Shasta, as well as a lost and found board for climbers.
Camping fees are $5.00 per tent and $3.00 per solo bivy. The suggested day-use donation is $1.00 per person.
In the winter season there is no daily caretaker present at Horse Camp, although a winter caretaker makes sure that the entrance to the Lodge is kept free of snow. The composting toilet and spring are not maintained during the winter months, so visitors must provide their own water. Skiers, snowshoers, and climbers must be properly outfitted and experienced in winter wilderness travel. Winter conditions on Mt. Shasta can be harsh and unforgiving.
Know Before You Go!
To check on current conditions before visiting Mount Shasta, visit the following web sites:
• Sand Flat Weather Station (Hourly data from 1 mile below Horse Camp)
Getting to Horse Camp
Click here to download directions and guidelines for visiting to Horse Camp.