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Northeast ridge from Virginia Lakes

Northeast ridge from Virginia Lakes

Northeast ridge from Virginia Lakes

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.02400°N / 119.304°W

Object Title: Northeast ridge from Virginia Lakes

Route Type: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 2

Route Quality: 
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Page By: gordonye

Created/Edited: May 19, 2002 / Feb 27, 2006

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Start from Virginia Lakes trailhead. Follow trail upstream, until it ascends the ridge at the head of the drainage. This is the northeast ridge of Excelsior Mountain. Get off trail on top of the ridge before the trail descends into Green Creek drainage on the other side of the ridge.

Route Description

Follow the ridge to the left (south), then scramble southwest towards the summit of Excelsior. On the way one must pass by two peaklets. On the way back, make sure do not descend into the wrong canyon. You could be stranded amongst the cliffs in Lundy Canyon.

Essential Gear

Nothing in summer, appropriate back country ski gear in winter. Ice axe and crampons most likely will not be needed.

Miscellaneous Info

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Dunderberg panoramaExcelsior Mountain seen from...Looking Down East FaceApproximate route up Excelsior MountainExcelsior Mtn west face Dunderberg Peak seen from...Peak 11524 feet, a sub-peak...
A view of Lundy Canyon from...A view from the summit of...From the summit; Dunderberg...Excelsior Mountain\'s NE Ridge