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StrazmatazBirthday Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2009
A nice backpack trip to Fourth of July Lake and bagged this on the way in..
Posted Mar 15, 2015 11:40 am

SeanReedyCarson Pass Warm Winter Afternoon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2015


The dogs and I started from Carson Pass around noon. The warm winter made for barren south faces, but a very supportive 1-3 foot snowpack elsewhere above 8,000 feet.  Despite all but the rocky summit scramble of this hike being snow covered, I was glad I chose trail runners rather than boots and snowshoes.  I did make some use of microspikes and trekking poles, especially when opting to bypass the gentle routes that went west toward Round Top Lake, instead venturing directly up the steep, icy terrain above/southwest of Winnemucca Lake.  Eventually I met the easy west ridge route at about 10,200 feet, right at the base of the west ridge and south face scrambles.  The warm, calm day made for a nice break at the summit.  A bit jealous of all the ski and snowboard tracks in the bowls, I made sure to enjoy some glissades on the way down.  We ended up having the area to ourselves for the afternoon after passing near the last party of other people prior to reaching Winnemucca Lake on the way up.
Posted Feb 25, 2015 1:38 am

ktoyamaRound Top Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014
Nice view from the top.
Posted Dec 15, 2014 7:41 pm

nlahueBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2014


Via West
Posted Dec 9, 2014 7:01 pm

BobD3On a windy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2014


West ridge route- A very enjoyable climb. Even with a 30-35 mph wind.
The 30-40' downclimb off of the east peak was a little tougher than expected. Every hold had to be tested without exception.
Posted Oct 19, 2014 8:12 pm

trexkerryShort day with thunderstorms  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2014
Was in the neighborhood so planned on dropping in for a visit and wanted to tag The Sisters after, but thunderstorms chased me down after summitting Round Top. 2nd time up to Round Top so I should have reversed the order since now I still have to go back some day to get The Sisters. TR is HERE
Posted Sep 21, 2014 1:03 am

GlennDRound Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2014


A quick hike on the way back from South Lake. View a little obscured by smoke from wildfires.
Posted Sep 20, 2014 12:03 am

thelocsEpic and Unexpected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014


Decided to leave Reno spontaneously last night to climb something in the Sierras. Found Round Top on maps not too far away and headed out to the grocery store to supply up. Left at 12am arrived at 1:30 at the trailhead. Camped right there no issues whatsoever and started at 12pm the next day. Super easy route, a lot of beautiful scenery, lakes everywhere, and crystal clear views. Not a bad day at all! True summit had two marker one from 1925 and the other '73/'79. Less than 4 hours round trip including a long lunch break/swim.
Posted Sep 6, 2014 7:56 pm

adamschneiderWindy!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2014


Went up to the West Ridge from Carson Pass (via Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake — actually I cut off the corner and didn't visit RT Lake until after I descended). No snow to deal with, but when I got to the saddle, I almost didn't go any further because the wind from the south was vicious and I was worried about keeping my balance. When I got to the western "summit," I ditched my backpack and my trekking poles and continued on to the east. The wind was still horrible, but I felt a little better without the extra drag! I didn't see the SummitPost recommendation to go around and then climb the SE side; instead, I climbed up the SW side of the east summit. It was definitely Class 4.

(Without the wind, my headline would have been "Fun Scramble.")
Posted Jun 27, 2014 1:41 am

seanoWest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2014


After being blown off the east ridge in the morning, came back to finish the job in the afternoon. Trip report.
Posted May 29, 2014 3:15 pm

tyler4588West Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2014


We climbed Round Top along with The Sisters. The route up was mostly snow-covered until we reached the saddle. From there it felt like a summer climb. Here's a trip report.
Posted Jan 29, 2014 9:28 pm

danblockEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2013
Went up the east ridge which was adventure. A lot of the ridge itself was loose rock, and the scree on the south slope was worse. Nice exposure to the north with one short section on the ridge with drops on both sides! We went down the west ridge.
Posted Jan 22, 2014 5:28 pm

emilieWinter day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010


Nice snow climb to the top of Round Top. Truly felt a bit sketchy and exposed to me on the top ridge, but I am a bit of a weeny about such things. Did this as training for a Himalayan expedition. :-)
Posted Sep 21, 2013 2:37 pm

JGHarrisonwith the sisters
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


really nice day hike
Posted Aug 18, 2013 2:10 am

AceSierraOur Yearly Intro  Sucess!


Always our first high-ish peak of the season. I love the Carson Pass area. Great in any season. Round Top is an awesome half day jaunt, really nice views from the top. Lotsa people around usually. Last time in early July, there was no register.
Posted Aug 8, 2013 5:20 pm

craig512Awesome first peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2012


This is a great first peak to take people above 10k feet. I can't count how many times I've summited but usually do about once a year. July is usually perfect to view the green meadows and flowers on the way in. Winter backcountry ski ascents are awesome for the easy approach and excellent descents.
Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:31 am

MarmadukeFun Scramble   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013


With my wife and our two dogs. A fun scramble, perfect weather, great views. An easy class 3 from the West Ridge. My wife and the dogs stayed on the west summit and were content. Someone took the register recently, the new one was started less than a week ago.
Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:09 pm

trexkerryWith Elephants Back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013
Mistakenly stayed on the PCT and realized it on the back side of Elephants Back. Climbed loose scree and rocks up to Elephants Back summit and traveled cross country to hook up with the right trail at Round Top Lake. Enjoyed the class 3 climb at the end. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=92
Posted Jun 23, 2013 4:13 pm

DrHillBeautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013


Attempted the Hidden couloir...but too much avalanche danger. Ended up heading up the west ridge
Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:32 pm

labglovesWest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2013


Beautiful spring day - many skiers out and about on and around this peak.
Posted Apr 15, 2013 12:16 am

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