Mudflow near flank of Mt. Shasta covers road northeast of McCloud

Mike Chapman
Redding Record Searchlight
Mud and debris flowing from Mud Creek has covered part of Pilgrim Creek Road southwest of Mt. Shasta on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. In 2014, mudslides on the southeastern flank of the volcano were blamed on glacial melting.

A mudslide has covered part of Pilgrim Creek Road east of McCloud as Mud Creek overflows with mud and debris, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest warned Saturday.

Mud Creek runs from the southeastern flank of Mt. Shasta and the mudflow could get worse due to the hot weather.

In 2014, mudslides on that side of the volcano were blamed on glacial melting. Mud Creek is fed by both glaciers and springs.

"With the higher temperatures expected over the weekend, mudflows may continue to increase," forest officials said on Facebook.

Motorists were told to use an alternate route like Esperanza Road to reach the Shasta Forest subdivision and get to wilderness trailheads and other forest sites in the Mud Creek area.

As of Saturday, caution signs had been posted along the roadway leading to Mud Creek, but forest officials warn emergency closures could be put in place.

A mudlfow from Mud Creek southeast of Mt. Shasta cut off Forest Road 31 southeast of Mt. Shasta. Surges of mud, rocks and logs make the road impassable and on Saturday, July 10, 2021, forest officials say the mud has covered part of Pilgrim Creek Road.

On the night of June 27, Forest Road 31 closer to Mt. Shasta became impassable as a flow of mud, rocks and logs eroded Mud Creek's banks.

Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Support local journalism by subscribing today.