Went up the trail on the SW Ridge in quite smokey conditions due to all the current Nor Cal fires. Started at the Lakes Basin Campground Trailhead and went out past Grass Lake to Hawley Falls before heading up to the north side of Long Lake and then up Mt. Elwell. Came down around the other side of Long Lake via Mud Lake, Hellgrammite Lake and Silver Lake and finished at the other Trailhead just past Elwell Lodge. This made for a really nice loop of about 8 miles. Highly recommended. Not a strenuous summit. A beautiful and uncrowded area.
SW Ridge via Long Lake Trail Date Climbed: May 27, 2007
There is no summit register, and only trace amounts of snow left. It took less than two hours from the trailhead to the summit at a leasurely pace. I descended the south face directly, but found myself surfing the Manzanita; no time saved.
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