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austinorville1Horton Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2016

austinorville1

Started hiking up on August 6th at 730pm with Gabe,Mike,and Nick. Nick started feeling bad after the first 15 minutes because he was already pretty sick. Nick and Gabe decided to head down to the truck which was just below the gate and hike up in the morning after a good nights rest. Mike and I continued on towards the cabin making it there around 920. We set up our tent on the flat ground next to the cabin reminiscing about the last time we were up here.My other trip report is 1 or 2 below this one. It was much warmer this time! Once Nick and Gabe got up to the Lake we all swam in it and vibed hard next to it for the day. The next morning we hiked up to upper Horton Lake and got to hangout at a very seldomly visited place. This lake is beautiful and it has its own glacial color. We all swam in the lake and tried to fish it but it seemed like there was nothing in it. We left the next morning around 8 to hopefully summit Mt.Tom. The hanging valley was awesome and we even saw not one but two White Sierra Hare's up there. They look like bunnies the size of a dog! Me and Gabe took the ridge up to the summit while Nick and Mike took the mine route. To no surprise the ridge had awesome views and stayed on okay rock the whole way. We met them about 75 percent of the way up and they said the mine chute was very steep and not as solid. Nick wasn't feeling good at all and he opted to turn back and head down the mtn. Mike reached the top first, followed by Me, and then Gabe behind me. We met a true inspiration up top and his name was Jeff. He was around 60 years old and Mt. Tom was his 99th 13er. He told us he was going to summit Basin, south Basin, and Four Gables the next day. We spent around 30 min up top then headed back down the ridge. After all of the switchbacks we finally saw nick at camp and quickly greeted him with the summit J that we had saved. We camped there again for the night and headed back down the next morning.Solid trip up to Horton Lakes! looking forward to blastin the stove again hopefully this winter
Posted Aug 16, 2016 5:31 pm

trexkerryLong, tough day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2016
Got off to a bit of a late start at 9 AM from the gate at the end of Buttermilk Road, temps were already over 70, which may have slowed our pace a bit. Straightforward hike up to the hanging valley and over to the Tungstar mine, taking a bit under 4 1/2 to get to this point. From there things got really, tough, It took 2 1/2 hours (!) for us to make the final ascent up the extremely steep slope which I show as 1 mile and 1800 vertical per my GPS (thanks to our circular route, if you go straight up it would be less than 1 mile). We followed a sandy use trail for the first 600 vertical feet which was okay, then tried to stay on rock wherever we could but the whole slope was loose junk, fortunately nothing too big that we had to worry about. 7 hours after starting out we topped out. We spent a half hour up top enjoying the awesome views, then got back down in 4 hours. I was dragging a bit the next day when we went to Mt. Goode!
Posted Aug 14, 2016 5:55 pm

austinorville1awesome
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2016

austinorville1

Hiked up on the 31st to hopefully summit the next day. Woke up and noticed the gully looking not as good as we thought it would. So we just snowshoed around the frozen lake. It snowed around 3 inches the next night and that made me think the route might even be a little sketchier as it be this early in the season. We stayed in the old cabin for three nights and two of those nights we had the wood burning stove blasting. It was neg 1 outside the second night and we stayed very warm. Great place if your trying to get into the backcountry in the winter. Will return soon to finish up my business with Tom and maybe Basin or Four Gables.
Posted Jan 14, 2016 1:37 pm

FairweatherFrom Horton Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

Fairweather

Reached the top in a white-out, and 2" of new snow. Made the descent a little slippery, but not too bad.
Horton Lakes is a great area. I need to go back for Basin Mtn. and Four Gables.
With Tom (of course), Andy, Mike, and 1 other.
Posted Oct 18, 2015 8:38 pm

nlahueSW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2015

nlahue

Hiked up to Horton lakes Saturday and summited sunday via the southwest ridge. Thanks to Ronnie ect all who I met at the lakes and were nice enough to let me join their group since there is a bit of exposure and the route is difficult to follow at times. Came down the chute to the tungesten road. The chute would have nice cramponing conditions in the early AM. SW ridge was mixed rock and a bit of snow. No crampons but an ice ax was useful. Amazing views from the summit
Posted Mar 30, 2015 1:13 pm

cdognice November day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2014

cdog

had a nice day hike and climb of Tom, via the Tungstar Mine. It was one of the nicest days I remember this entire year. Comfortable on the summit with barely a breeze. Encountered some mixed scrambling with snow on the north side of the SW ridge.
Posted Nov 8, 2014 2:31 pm

BobD3From lower Horton Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

BobD3

Nice fall day with clear weather.
Posted Feb 10, 2014 11:40 pm

seanoFrom Horton Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013

seano

1h25 from the lake, going straight up the gully rather than the road. The gully is equally awesome for a sand-skiing descent. I've been staring at this peak for years, so it's nice to bag it.
Posted Sep 8, 2013 8:49 pm

AmbretFrom Horton Lake via Southwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013

Ambret

After crossing out of Horton Lake Valley, took the road toward the tungsten mine for about one-third mile before moving up and following the southwest ridge toward the summit. Hiking the talus there was work but much more fun than my aborted 2012 attempt to ascend directly from the tungsten mine via the slippery scree trails. After summiting, descended via the trail to the tungsten mine in order to get down as quickly as possible, with hail falling and lightening striking peaks off to the west.
Posted Aug 23, 2013 1:21 am

Digglerslog to the heavens- complete north ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2013

Diggler

Started out at Rovana, gaining the ridge at its lowest point (ca. 5,000'), making for an 8,000'+ day. Left truck (slightly uphill) at 10.11 (had wanted to start much earlier, but raining on ridge until shortly before I started), starting up ridge at 10.26.

A brutal 'hike' from the get-go, with steep sand, along with circuitous route-finding required to avoid ever-present brush. Things improved somewhat in the tree zone (less brush, at least), and got better the higher one went; that is, until one starts encountering the numerous, heart-breaking false summits...

Summited finally at 18.33. A couple of summit photos, signing the summit register, and opening the obligatory summit beer. Left summit at 18.53.

Managed to descend a few thousand ft. before enveloped by darkness; part of me didn't want to do the descent in the darkness, so I initially made an attempt at bivying, to hold out until the sun arrived. I got chilly, though, and eventually decided it would be better to go and at least make a descent attempt, staying warm in the process. Descent ended up being mostly uneventful, and eventually got back to the truck at 5.16. WHAT A DAY!!!!

If it weren't for the sheer amount of SLOGGING and vertical gain, some scrambling sections would actually be enjoyable. While it is cool to finally have done Mt. Tom, and from the bottom all the way to the top, it is a BRUTAL undertaking; not sure I could recommend it but to the heartiest masochists.
Posted May 30, 2013 5:27 pm

SkyPilot84From Gable Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

SkyPilot84

We camped at the easternmost Gable Lake and made it up to Hanging Valley via an easy class 3 chute to the north of "Four Gables Pass". From there it was the standard route up the backside of the peak. Lots of loose rock, but well worth it considering the views from the top!
Posted Sep 8, 2012 5:21 am

calipidderThe sloggiest slog that ever slogged  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012

calipidder

Loved the hike to the mine, and the final bit along the summit ridge, but the slogfest in between? Blah.
Posted Sep 6, 2012 4:30 pm

Scott M.Horton/Tungstar  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2012

Scott M.

Day hike on a warm summer day. Glad I started early! Great views.
Posted Jul 3, 2012 11:54 pm

hightineraryBig Boy by Bishop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2004

hightinerary

I slogged up the talus and was glad I did.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 4:18 pm

Climber DaveFrom Gable Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011

Climber Dave

Road to Horton Lakes, the normal route, was washed out. Decided to go up from other side, Gable Lakes. We had to avoid lots of hard snow which required a long circuitous route going up (was able take a more direct route coming down)making for a long day, great views from the top
Posted Jul 20, 2011 12:18 pm

Jeremy HakesCool.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2007

Jeremy Hakes

With Centralia.
Posted Jan 18, 2011 11:39 pm

Bob BurdHorton Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004

Bob Burd

With Matthew. Trip Report
Posted Jan 4, 2011 10:07 pm

BranchWhitneyHorton Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010
Not a bad route if you move west at around 12,800 feet onto more solid rock. There are outstanding views from the ridge to the summit.
Posted Sep 12, 2010 6:41 pm

Michael GraupeFrom Horton Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2010

Michael Graupe

Climbed the ribs above the mine to avoid the loose stuff which worked out great. Awesome views! Little more than 8 hours car to car.
Posted Aug 2, 2010 4:51 pm

wmollandElderberry Canyon Ski Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2010

wmolland

On the snow after only 20 minutes of hiking, then a long ways up to the north ridge and up to the summit. It is a LONG way from the ridge to the summit, much longer than I thought. Awesome 5000 foot ski descent all the way back almost to my car. Sweet canyon and an awesome ride down.
Posted May 2, 2010 12:29 am

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