OverviewYosemite National Park. It overlooks the beautiful lake region north of Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake itself and the Lee Vining Creek drainage.
This simple peak is an easy class 2 scramble that can be done in a few hours from the south end of Saddlebag Lake. The south and north slopes can be skied and Mt. Conness east ridge route starts just beyond the saddle at the northwest end of the peak.
The Sierra Crest looms above to the west, North Peak, the Shepherd Crest and Excelsior Mountain rise to the north. There is an outstanding view of Saddlebag Lake right below to the east. To the south is an unobstructed view down the Lee Vining Creek drainage to the Mt. Dana massif.
From Tioga Pass take Hwy. 120 2 miles to the Saddlebag Lake road.
Go northwest 2.4 miles on the Saddlebag Lake road to the parking at the south end of the Lake. The southeast ridge is right above to the northwest. Take the trail that goes north around the west side of the lake. Just after crossing the small low point below the dam at .15 miles, break off and scramble the southeast ridge 3/4 mile to the highpoint.
The north slope from Conness Lakes and the south slope from The Carnegie Hall Natural Area look to be class 2 but beware of a potential screefest.
Scrambling to the saddle between Mt. Conness's east ridge and going east to the Saddlebag Crest looks easier.
For wilderness permits for camping in the area contact the Mono Lake Visitor Center 760-647-3044.
Saddlebag Lake: At the south end of the lake above the parking lot at 10,000'
Sawmill Campground: 1.8 miles north on the Saddlebag Lake road on the left at 9,750'
Northwest junction of Hwy. 120 and the Saddlebag Lake road: at 9,600'
Ellery Lake: 2.5 miles north of Tioga Pass off Hwy. 120 to the right at 9,500'
Tioga Lake: 1.5 miles north of Tioga Pass on the left at 9,600'