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SeanReedyVirginia Lakes TH Fall Colors Tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014


The family and I went on a weekend fall colors tour with stops along the east side of Sonora Pass, Little Walker River Rd, Upper Summers Meadows Rd, Green Greek Rd/TH, Dunderberg Meadow Rd, Virginia Lakes TH, Conway Summit, Lundy Canyon, and a return home via Tioga Pass. I toyed with the idea of much longer options for a significant dayhike, but a virus had me at less than 100%; so I settled on a Saturday evening jaunt up Excelsior. A bit of patchy snow still lingered up high on north facing slopes. The summit views did not disappoint; my brief sunset stay convinced me I ought to come back for morning views sometime. The stunning color display on short drives and family hikes made up for being too tired for any peak hikes Sunday.

Posted Oct 14, 2014 1:44 am

xharvFrom Virginia Lakes TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2014


3.5 hours from TH. Some patches of September snow on higher north facing slopes, but really not a factor. T-shirt weather at the summit in October! New register placed by "Snow Nymph" and "Trailtrekker" in July 2014. Sixteen parties have signed up the register since.
Posted Oct 7, 2014 3:14 pm

mengboDay Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2014


Day hike on a VERY windy day from Virginia Lakes trailhead. Still lots of snow in the early season. Crampons were used for early morning hard snow. No register on the summit. 3h20m up and total time is 5h50m.
Posted May 19, 2014 1:24 am

calipidderBear on the summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013


Okay, not QUITE on the summit but very close, wandering around the west slope just below the summit pile. Really enjoyed this hike. A casual 3.5 hour climb, 45 min at summit, and quickie 2 hour descent. Great one for a Sunday before the ~5 hour drive home.
Posted Jul 15, 2013 9:38 pm

fedakFrom Virginia Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


Cool and calm at 12k as much of the west sweltered under record temperatures.
Sky Pilots in bloom atop the ridge.

Hit a couple of the nearby minor peaks after Excelsior.
Pics and commentary hear.
Posted Jun 30, 2013 1:16 pm

thexcatFrom V. Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012


With PG. 3.5h to summit, 3 to descend. Great conditions, light dusting of snow, sunny, no wind. PG hit a dead dear on 680 before we met, damaging underside of his car.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 2:12 pm

cabFrom Shepherd Crest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


Last peak of the day after North Peak and Shepherd Crest.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 11:19 am

HikeMonkeyNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


Mike R. and I hiked up from Virginia Lakes on our way to spend the night by Summit Lake. A beautiful day for a walk and amazing views.

We noted Gordon's register entry -- very amusing.
Posted Jul 30, 2012 8:20 pm

gordonyeFrom Virginia Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012


Made it with 6 other guys from NorCal meetup: Mike C, Jerry H, Matthew B, Matt S, Ernie N, and Ray N. Magnificent views in all directions.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 1:25 am

cdogfun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


Had a nice, gradually ascending hike to the summit with Tim. We approached via Virginia Lakes and climbed the NE ridge. Definitely some spectacular views from this summit. Some storms were brewing while we were on top so we didn't hang out too long. When we got back to base camp on Green Creek we feasted on tri-tip, potatoes, and good beer with the ladies.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 9:43 pm

Niels79Northeast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2011


Longer approach than I had expected. Weather was perfect
Posted Dec 30, 2011 12:00 am

LincolnBWinter climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2011


Took the opportunity to climb this in a low snow year. Ice on the talus and frigid wind made this less enjoyable than my usual summer climbs. Register had been placed Sept 2010 and already had a couple dozen entries.
Posted Dec 29, 2011 10:34 am

soslawN East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011


Northern Yosemite's high country views are the payoff. North faces of Conness and North Peak seem within touching distance.
Posted Sep 18, 2011 10:36 am

dshoshoneVirginia Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011


Nice easy walk with the dog
Posted Sep 14, 2011 11:21 am

ScottHansonfrom Trumbull Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2010


Met two botanists who were doing a plant inventory study on plateau near Excelsior. Couldn't find register at summit.
Posted Aug 31, 2010 11:49 pm

hgrapidHot day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


Quite a hot day. The mosquitoes were ravenous all the way up to almost 12,000'.
Posted Jul 24, 2010 8:28 pm

mrchad9Virginia Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008


One of my favorite dayhikes. Up in a half day trip from Virginia Lakes, splendid views all around from the summit.
Posted Jun 13, 2010 7:00 pm

boyblueFrom Lundy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 1981


Basically I followed the outlet stream from the trail to Burrow Lake where I camped. No significant difficulties were encountered on the approach- talus was well consolidated and the thickest brush was easy to avoid. Stamina and patience were all that was required.
Climbed from Burrow Lake to the summit via east ridge. Mostly class 1 or 2. Returned via south ridge to Shamrock Lake and followed trail back down to Lundy TH.
Posted Nov 1, 2009 11:45 pm

derbillyVery nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2007


Excellent views on this hike from Virginia Lakes
Posted Jul 29, 2009 12:00 am

KClossonNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


My one chance of getting to an area that was not too crowded over the holiday weekend. There was a bit of haze on the west side due to some smoke in Yosemite. Other than that the views were good.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 8:09 pm

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