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Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby fruitflyman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:40 pm

Hey everybody, I am looking for interesting peaks within a 2-hour drive from Sacramento (as I probably won't be able to swing any multiday trips this fall and winter). By "interesting" I mean anything with a class 3/4/low5 route to the summit, couloirs, steep snow, ridges - anything beyond the usual scree and talus scene we have here. I know my standards are pretty low... There's the obvious stuff like Roundtop, Pyramid east side, Tallac couloirs - but do you know of any non-obvious peaks, or non-obvious routes on obvious peaks, that could provide a little excitement? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby Wallylongridge » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:48 am

Maybe, Jeff Davis peak
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby fedak » Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:03 am

Devils Peak
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby mtneering » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:59 am

spending a couple days in S Lake Tahoe in a few weeks, any cool route/mtn suggestions?
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby Jesus Malverde » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:47 pm

Fruitflyman, you ask an interesting question.

Obviously, the Tahoe area lacks a lot of class 3+ peaks and the way to make things more "interesting" is to either:
1. do the ascents in winter
2. do traverse/enchainment (aka "quantity has a quality all its own")

That being said, here are a few ideas that come immediately to mind:

North side of Old Man Mountain
East face of Devil's Peak (helmet is probably a good idea)
south ridge of Snow Mountain (starting near/at/in/Royal Gorge/ the north fork of the American River/
North side of Twin Peaks?
Traverse from Pyramid Peak to Agassiz

http://www.summitpost.org/crystal-range-traverse/25173
http://www.summitpost.org/desolation-cr ... rse/217592

Red Peak to Tells Peak Traverse (Crystal Range)- for an even bigger bite start farther south on the peak before Red peak

(Or, to find the Green Zone, try the Pyramid to Tells Peaks Traverse)

Round Top
Crescent Moon Couloiur:
http://www.summitpost.org/crescent-moon-couloir/156218

East Ridge:
http://www.summitpost.org/east-ridge/156332
East slope of Wade (Peak) from Carson Valley?

Reynolds Peak to Raymond Peak traverse (that stays high on the ridge and includes the highpeak/point between the two peaks.

Highland Peak to Silver Peak traverse (not much class 3+, but still enjoyable)

Thimble Peak:
http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com/Capti ... blepk.html
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby Palisades79 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:01 pm

The Jobs Sister-Jobs Peak-Freel Peak traverse . Castle Peak to Basin Peak traverse.
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:27 pm

I had a great time doing all these one winter, and all dayhikeable (wouldn't be as fun in other seasons I don't think)

http://www.summitpost.org/lake-tahoe-ba ... aks/738032

Highlights were Pyramid to Price, Dicks and Jacks, everything around Freel, and Rose to Snowflower. Round Top, Devils Peak, and Castle Peak are also nice and not listed here.

Depending on the conditions, getting Jacks Peak in a day can be a bugger!
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby fruitflyman » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:19 pm

Thanks everybody - lots of good ideas. Long traverses are nice. A buddy and I did the Pyramid-Agassiz-Price-Jacks-Dicks ridge-crest traverse a couple of months ago. We were planning to include Tallac, too, but only got halfway between Dicks and Tallac before it got dark so we headed down. Next year, I am hoping to do the whole Crystal Range traverse, from Pyramid to the North end. Also did a 4-summit traverse in the Mt Rose area last winter - that was a bit boring though. The Castle-Basin-Andesite loop is definitely a winter staple. This winter I hope to do Carson Pass to Luther Pass traverse - haven't tried that yet. Another winter trip I would recommend is the couloir on East Sister, followed by ridge traverse to Round Top. And some day I want to traverse all the way from the East Ridge of Round Top to West Sister.

Mtneering - my all-time favorite in the S. Tahoe area is the east slope of Pyramid Peak. Go up Horsetail falls, from there to Ropi Lake, and up from there. You can stay on clean granite ledges and walls almost all the way to the top before it turns to talus. Descend by the Rocky Creek use trail.

Thanks again guys!
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby i2stillclimb » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:29 pm

Flagpole point from Echo Lake is a quick scramble and includes a nice knife ridge traverse. I have often wondered about the north ridge of Mt Tallac from Cascade falls trailhead it looks open and direct. Anybody ever do this?
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby fruitflyman » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:18 pm

I've done the north ridge of Tallac in winter, from hwy 89. In deep unconsolidated snow, it was tough. If you are crossing the north bowl - that's avalanche terrain.
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Re: Tahoe area - peaks with interesting routes?

Postby powderjunkie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:30 pm

yup, eagle lake buttress, good rock and great views too
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