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McDonald\'s southwest side...
McDonald's southwest side from the Ashley Creek Divide. The summit is the highest visible snow hump. Either head straight up the snow, or ascend the rounded buttress to the left. West McDonald is the prominent point on the far left of the photo.

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Fred SpickerName game

Fred Spicker

Voted 10/10

You are correct that the point on the left, which appears prominent in this view is the point labeled as West McDonald Peak on the USGS Map and as such I suppose it is now "official". However, most local residents of the Mission Valley consider the major peak to the west of McDonald – Point 9417 – to be West McDonald Peak aka The Sheep's Head. The point labeled West McDonald by the USGS is barely even prominent from the Mission Valley and from the north.
Posted Oct 15, 2005 12:58 pm

mtclimberconnecting ridge


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Avoid that ridge between West McDonald and the summit. It's kinda nasty.
Posted Dec 4, 2005 3:38 pm

MtMtnHikerconnecting ridge


Voted 9/10

That ridge is easy, especially if you can gain it somewhere in the middle between West McDonald and the main peak. Follow one of the diagonal ledges (run R to L Photo) to the top and then it is an easy ridge walk to the summit.
Posted Jul 14, 2012 8:28 pm

mtclimberconnecting ridge


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The main ridge to the summit is no problem, but the knife-edge section of uneven outcroppings from W. McDonald through the low section is anything but easy and I have the pics to prove it. But, yes, it's easy enough to drop below it a ways until you get past all that and get on the main ridgeline to the summit.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 8:38 am

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