OverviewMt. Tinemaha lies to the east of the Sierra Crest due east of Mt. Prater and northeast of Split Mountain (one of the California 14ers). From the summit, the views include the massive Birch Mountain to the north, the expanse of the Owens Valley from the northeast to the southeast, Split Mountain to the southwest, and an awesome view of the Sierra Crest stretching northwest to the Palisades.
The standard route (South Drainage from the East) is via Red Lake, then up a low angle drainage to a ridge. The summit is then just a short distance to the right (east). This route is simple Class 2.
In conjunction with a climb of Mt. Tinemaha, other mountains in the area to consider climbing would be Split Mountain, Mt. Prater, Mt. Bolton Brown, The Thumb, and Birch Mountain.
Mt. Tinemaha is included on the Sierra Club’s Sierra Peaks Section list.
Getting ThereThis may be the most difficult part of climbing Mt. Tinemaha. To access the Red Lake trailhead, you will need a high clearance vehicle. 4WD is probably not necessary under normal conditions, but is recommended. In addition, be prepared for scratched paint as the road is narrow and overgrown in some portions and the desert shrubs will add some nice pin-striping to your vehicle if you come into contact with them.
The usual route to drive to the Red Lake trailhead is to turn west on Crocker Street out of Big Pine off Hwy. 395. Comprehensive directions from this point can be found at climber.org.
The drive from Big Pine to the trailhead will take approximately one hour.