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East Ridge from Alpine Lake

East Ridge from Alpine Lake

East Ridge from Alpine Lake

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.96720°N / 119.3192°W

Object Title: East Ridge from Alpine Lake

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: easy class 3 (YDS)

Route Quality: 
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Page By: gordonye

Created/Edited: Aug 14, 2001 / Feb 27, 2006

Object ID: 155656

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Use the eastside trailhead at Saddlebag Lake. Proceed downhill below the dam toward southwest, through a sparse forest. A use trail is sometimes visible but not consistent. When you reach the bottom of the valley follow the old dirt road going straight west toward Mount Conness, passing the Carnegie Institute storage shed. After about 2 miles get off the trail on the right and start ascending a 800 foot bench, through a grassy slope with cascades. Make sure you head straight west, and you'll reach Alpine Lake above the bench. Cross the right side of Alpine Lake through talus.

Route Description

Ascend gentle slabs and talus in the basin west of Alpine Lake. The summit plateau of Mt. Conness is straight ahead, scramble up the ridge (the "East Ridge") on the right side of the basin, where you can overlook Conness Glacier. Ascend the ridge to a steep class 2-3 buttress (50-60 degrees), climb up following some use trails until you top out on the summit plateau. Mark the spot where you came up. The summit plateau is almost flat and half a mile wide. Walk towards the summit, which is connected to the plateau by a thin ridge. Follow it to the summit, passing through some exposed ledges on the left side.

Essential Gear

None if route is snow free.

GPS Track Log

A Google Earth track log of SP member barneyzang's trip up the East Ridge from Alpine Lake route can be found here.

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barneyzangRoute Comment


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A Google Earth track log of my trip up the East Ridge from Alpine Lake route can be found here.
Posted Sep 10, 2005 6:03 pm
gordonyeRoute Comment


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Wow, that is great! Thanks for posting!
Posted Sep 12, 2005 1:37 pm

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