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Bill562Skied  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2017


Up via Golden Trout down Sardine with Lou B. Windy.
Posted Apr 24, 2017 7:02 pm

RomainLilley Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2012


Nice wildflowers on the way up. Summit crest is interesting. Descent is a slog.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:36 am

hightineraryRe: Mine Shaft Chute


Interesting route - sounds much more fun than Lilley Pass.
Posted Nov 14, 2014 8:13 am

soslawMine Shaft Chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2014


Stumbled on this route while checking out a mine shaft just above the waterfall at approximately 10,200 ft. Looking for other mining relics I traversed a couple hundred feet to climber's left and found this chute. The chute is split by a rib and I went up the right fork. Moderate third class on good rock without the rubble so characteristic of Sierra chutes. After 800 feet the chute ends in a broad gully which takes you to Kearsarge. I branched off this broad gully into a narrower chute that looked like it would go to the ridge next to the high point. A hundred feet from the end of this chute a chock stone is encountered which can either be 4th classed or one can squeeze through an opening. I climbed the high point and traversed the couple hundred feet to Kearsarge. Enjoyable route especially compared to Lilley pass which I boot skied on the descent.
Posted Nov 12, 2014 12:17 am

DebLilley Pass - SW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2014


Great fun scrambling up the chute climber's right to Lilley Pass then traversing to the ridge. I see a lot of complaints listed below - guess you went the "wrong" way. :)
Posted Jun 22, 2014 6:37 pm

jdmorehouseWhat Mining Road?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014


Secor claims a class 1 ascent via mining roads from the Onion Valley Road. These roads don't exist in reality, only on paper. I found a mostly useless "use" trail over 9800', but it faded out at a mine site around 11,200', give or take. I had to cross a very steep and very loose scree slope to get on better rock to the summit ridge. From here it was just boulder hopping to get to the summit. On the return trip I found a different use trail which went by an old stone shelter, and then disappeared, leaving me to descend on loose, sandy slopes leading to more scree and talus before finally making my way back to the car. Class 1 it wasn't. There seems to be a better way up here via Lilley Pass, according to some other trip reports. I was here only because my intended peak's TH had temperatures in the 100' plus range (New York Butte outside of Lone Pine). It was a 114 degrees in Lone Pine the Friday before!
Posted Jun 16, 2014 2:25 pm

BobD3 Don't do this-  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012


After a miserable slogfest to the upper ridgeline, the traverse to the highpoint was in snowdrift pockets from the recent storm, some waist deep. After 3 or 4 false summits, traversing talus and falling through many drifts, I finally made it to the top. By then it was after 4 PM. with the sun near the horizon. Not wanting to retrace my steps, I descended straight down the snow free chute directly off the summit's south face, got 2/3's of the way down and then cliffed out. Climbed back up 200-300 ft., traversed across in darkness to an adjacent chute to the east. Groped down the chute on my ass in the dark, not knowing if it would get me down or not. It did, which was a major victory in itself. This chute bottomed into a boulder field that then went on for another 2 hours or so. Finally reached the trail that leads up to Golden Trout Lakes/Dragon Peak. On the way down the trail, saw a brilliant meteorite that looked like it was heading straight in the direction of my parked vehicle. The way things were going, thought for sure it was going to nail it and blow it to pieces but it didn't. At 10:30 I found my car still intact and drove away. Moral of the story- don't do this.
Posted Feb 11, 2014 1:14 am

irrationalistUnrewarding Slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013


Its important to take the mining trail on the map and not stay in the scree field. We were too far in the scree field and it made the hike up far more exhausting than it had to be. There are several false summits, the real one has both a register and a log sticking up.
Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:30 am

Guiltycentral coulouir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013


From the campground with girlfriend, decided to go for it with-out any info. Easy mountain to read it's routes. First snow came down the night before.
Posted Sep 24, 2013 3:43 am

ManyGlacierMountaineerKearsarge Peak  Sucess!


2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa and Brooks McClintock, from Onion Valley.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 10:51 pm

Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2011


See Ambret's comment and trip report. Kearsarge is a slagheap of a mountain. When you finally slog to what passes for the top, you get a smashing view of the ... Onion Valley parking lot. By the time we got near the summit -- and as far and high as we were going to go that day -- we didn't even bother to take photos of ourselves in the place. Suggested alternative: Kearsarge Pass -- good trail, good exercise, almost as high, and the views are sublime.
Posted Apr 13, 2012 1:59 pm

LincolnBLightning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010


Climbed with brother Jon. He thought I was "unusually scared of lightning" because I came down fast when bolts starting hitting the neighboring peaks.
Posted Dec 5, 2011 12:02 am

AmbretKearsarge Slog
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2011


Slogged up Kearsarge from Onion Creek Road with hiking buddy Bruce. We found the trail fading in and out, and the scree loose until we got above 11,000 feet. Reached the east bloc and decided to declare victory, even though the true summit was a bit to the west and perhaps 150' higher. Neither of us found this a particularly fun ascent.
Posted Aug 18, 2011 1:59 am

hightineraryLilley of the Onion Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009


I slogged up Lilley Pass. I also climbed nearby Peak 3877.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 4:47 pm

96avs01June-uary dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2011


Up via Lilley Pass, down the South chute. Damn chilly for June, nothing like hanging out on the summit with the sun shining on you while its snowing and blowing to beat hell.
Posted Jun 6, 2011 11:05 am

GigaMikeLilley Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010


Hiked up with Richard P via Lilly Pass.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 2:39 am

OOGAfter gould  Sucess!


Did this one the day after Gould
Posted Jan 27, 2011 11:43 pm

bechttLoop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2010


Up the miners trail and down Lilley Pass. Good acclimating hike for the next day's torture event to Table Mt
Posted Jan 25, 2011 11:00 pm

labglovesFrom Lilly Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2010


Camped in the golden trout drainage with my sister on her first trip to the Sierra.
Posted Dec 21, 2010 5:23 pm

seanoEast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2010


Major slog up the ridge from near the road to Lower Onion Valley. I was surprised to find the trail and partial stone building just below the summit ridge. Trip report
Posted Nov 29, 2010 10:32 pm

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