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jdmorehouseA lot of bang for the buck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014

jdmorehouse

Although only four miles round trip (give or take), this peak packs a lot into it. I hit the 2nd notch more to the right, and had to traverse back to the peak over the exposed ridge line. I found Secor's notch on the descent. A much better route!
Posted Jun 23, 2014 3:21 pm

BobD3From Onion Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2012
A bit of a loose slog after leaving the trail, but the class 3 summit area was enjoyable, as were the outstanding views. A storm came in the following day, so the timing worked out well.
Posted Feb 11, 2014 12:36 am

irrationalistCouldn't leave it unfinished  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013

irrationalist

I didn't get the opportunity to finish this peak earlier with the CLMRG Mountaineering Class due to inclement weather. So this was my opportunity to finish the job! Used Robinson Lake trail. I left the trail well before the lake.
Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:33 am

slagerjonNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013

slagerjon

North ridge scramble, fun, more than was expected. Very quick descent due to hail and lightning.
Posted Aug 24, 2013 12:41 am

mrchad9West Slope and South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

mrchad9

I owe Bob Sihler one for pointing out the joys of the south ridge on this one. On the way out from Center Basin I dropped my pack at Robinson Lake and slogged up the west slope, keeping a good bit south knowing that the ridge would go. The ridge looks exposed from up top but most of the going was quite easy if you looked around. I found it quite enjoyable and it made the trip up to the summit very worthwhile. Nice view of University too!
Posted Jul 22, 2013 6:38 pm

soslawWest Face Variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2012

soslaw

At the west face chute described on SP I traversed to the left
and climbed a class 3 rib for approximately 300 feet. An airy step across the rib put me on the north ridge 100 feet north of the summit. Met CA 14teener record holder SeanO on top.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 8:33 pm

bechttWest slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

bechtt

My plan to climb one of the rocky ribs was dashed when it started to rain on me. Slippery granite forced me into the crappy scree slope but the views made up for it. Much cooler than Onyx had been in the morning.
Posted Aug 30, 2012 2:56 pm

ScottHansonSouth ridge from Robinson Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2012

ScottHanson

SC 2012 day 8 alternate peak with Jeff Moffat
Posted Aug 27, 2012 12:27 pm

Bob SihlerFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012

Bob Sihler

I wanted something relatively quick and easy for a day between two bigger climbs, and this was perfect. I followed the trail to Robinson Lake, but instead of heading up the west face to the summit, I left the trail where it crests above the lake. This meant less talus and gaining the south ridge. Then I followed the fun Class 3 ridge to the summit. Where it gets harder than that, it can be bypassed, but I stayed high for the extra challenge and fun. For the descent, I did go directly down the west face to regain the trail.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:37 pm

jaxcharlieSuprise Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

jaxcharlie

I was going to go up to Golden Trout Lake, but as soon as I set up camp in in Onion Valley I noticed the trail sign to Robinson lake right by my campsite, at which point I looked at the map and decided to head up independance peak. I went up the west face to a nice notch leading up to the Ridge, where I headed up. Great fun!
Posted Sep 13, 2011 8:36 am

Bill562West Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

Bill562

Solo from Onion Valley.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:59 pm

hightineraryClimbed Independently  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2010

hightinerary

I have climbed it solo three times, more or less from Robinson Lake. The fun starts on the ridge.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 5:05 pm

96avs01Corn Harvest
Date Climbed: May 13, 2011

96avs01

Shredded the E gully, had to drop at 11AM without a trip to the top as the 'corn bomb' was going off and clouds were beginning to build on the crest. Recommend this line, will definitely be back for more spring sliding.
Posted May 17, 2011 3:59 pm

mhengstFrom Robinson Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

mhengst

Climbed up from Robinson Lake. Fun scrambling along the ridge.
Posted May 10, 2011 5:34 pm

GigaMikeWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007

GigaMike

A nice warm up for Mt. Williamson two days later.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 9:30 pm

Michael GraupeWest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2010

Michael Graupe

Already some rain in the morning. Good workout to get to the S-ridge, then a fun scramble. Wanted to continue to University but the weather didn't cooperate.
Posted Oct 8, 2010 7:42 pm

cabWest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

cab

Rain started just after I left the summit which made for some sketchy climbing back along the ridge and in a few spots near the top of the west slope. The ridge itself is a fun climb but the west slope getting up to that point is a pretty brutal slog. Climbed after Kearsarge Peak in the morning.
Posted Oct 4, 2010 10:59 am

Princess ButtercupGood scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007

Princess Buttercup

Warm up for Williamson weekend.
Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:37 pm

dshoshoneWest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2009

dshoshone

Fun climb, nice scramble along the ridgeline to the summit
Posted May 19, 2009 12:42 pm

FrankyNorth Ridge
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009

Franky

Attempted to climb the North Ridge. We were able to drive all the way up Onion Valley Road, which is apparently plowed on occasion despite being advertised as closed. Talked to some NFS employees who suggested that people contacting the county and letting them know that there is a great deal of recreational interest (tourism dollars) in having access to trailheads would help a ton.

Very short approach from the 9200 foot trailhead/campground. A short snowclimb of about 30-35 degrees led to a flat scree covered area just above the gendarme at the bottom of the ridge. From there we attempted to stay on the crest of the ridge as much as possible. At the top of a tough 4th/low 5th section we decided to rap off to the east side of the ridge. The east side is a nice snow gully, probably about 40-45 degrees at most.

Hiked the gully back up to the crest of the ridge and switched over to a scree/small talus hike on the west side of the ridge. Decided to go up to a pinnacle that we thought was the summit, but we couldn't quite be sure. Did some 5th class climbing to the top of it, and found that we were one pinnacle north of what looked to be the true summit, the summit looked accessible from there, but conditions were getting pretty nasty. Rapped off in very cold, windy, and snowy conditions. Called off the climb and descended the snowy west slope, which was pretty mellow despite the storm.

All in all, you could probably turn it into a 3rd class with some 4th class as Secor suggests if you are willing to part ways with the ridge at the right times. Otherwise, there is plenty of low 5th class terrain on the ridge. All if it would be pretty mellow with good conditions and rock shoes (or even approach shoes probably).
Posted Apr 2, 2009 1:43 pm

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