Pre-dawn conditions when the snow pack is still nice a frozen give you as a climber a big advantage over late morning starts (when things heat up and snow becomes soft).
Another benefit of using Lake Helen for a short layover before going to the summit, is to be able to watch a beautiful sunset high up on the mountain. Photos of Avalanche Gulch and the upper Red Banks are best late afternoon. These landmarks are usually washed out in the morning, but come into their own just before sunset.
Even though a photograph can never do justice to the real thing, it is still very worthwhile grabbing your camera and taking some shots of Shasta just before sunset. To the left, you see the upper slopes of Mt Shasta nicely lit in the late afternoon sun. The frosty rock formations give the mountain a magical appearance during this time of the day.
Well, that's about if for High Camp on Mt Shasta's Lake Helen. For much more on Shasta, just click the below link to get back to the top of the page and select another side link for more adventure on Mt Shasta.