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wmollandFrom Sandpiper  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2016


The vegetation above sandpiper lake was entertaining to navigate. After that, it was a fun cruise to the summit with a few third class moves to the very top. Stellar!!
Posted Sep 23, 2016 11:19 pm

FairweatherNorth Ridge from SG Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2016


Awesome summit. 2nd day of 5 day trip with Todd.
Posted Aug 8, 2016 11:00 pm

urnotrealFrom Bear Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2013


My favorite day of a 35 day romp in the Sierra. After being stopped short by weather on the two days prior, we got over Feather Pass and set up camp at Big Bear Lake. Then, with more storms threatening, we took off for the peak at around noon. We were respectful and willing to turn around at any time, but in the end, we were standing on the summit at 3 pm with storms raging everywhere except where we were standing. I don't know why, but the mountain wanted us up there that day. One of those experiences that will stay with me forever.
Posted Nov 11, 2014 9:57 pm

slugbuttEast Face?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014
I decided to attempt to find and climb the route described as the class 3-4, East Face Route on this page. Due to the dearth of information on this route, I can only assume whether or not I was on it. It is my belief that I started on the East Face route, as about 200 hundred feet up the first steep section I found an old rusted piton sticking out of a crack.

After the first section of class four (which I believe is without a doubt actually class 5 in several places) I entered the class three section. As my nerves were shot and I felt like surviving, I believe I got off route when I chose the shortest available route to the ridge above me. Near the end of my bid for the ridge, the climbing again became class 4.

Regardless of whether I was ever on the route, the entire east face excluding the scree chute between the north and south summit of Seven Gables is a serious undertaking. I am fully confident in stating that this is not a route to be attempted unless you are fully prepared to move through vertical terrain that requires several moves to get through.

For anyone attempting this route, I recommend you bring along a rope, protection, and a partner.
Posted Aug 25, 2014 7:26 pm

seanoFrom Gemini  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


Up the SW sand-slope, with a bit of a 3rd class finish on day 6 of a backpack. Trip report.
Posted Sep 9, 2013 8:51 pm

mengboWest slope from Sandpiper Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2012


2-day backpacking trip. On second day, I climbed this one together with Gemini
Posted Oct 6, 2012 12:21 pm

roneup from Seven Gables Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2012


Packed into Seven Gables Lake from Bear Creek Trailhead with Jay, Franz, & Christian. A long but beautiful walk. Lotsa water in the creeks. Summited the south route the next day (24th). Surprisingly harder than it looks, but its mostly hiking with a bit of rock scrambling over the increasingly large blocks rock towards the top. Fabulous views!
Posted Sep 10, 2012 2:45 pm

bechttSE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2012


Loop hike from Sallie Keyes that included Senger and Gemini. This route (loose sand everywhere) was distasteful until the very top where it got really interesting. Not knowing the layout of the top, I passed on the cl.4+ knife edge below the summit and did something similar to mrchad -- which turned out to be interesting as well. Returned via the west slope to Sandpiper, Marie and finally Selden Pass.
Posted Aug 30, 2012 8:25 am

mrchad9SE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2011


Up the southeast ridge during a weekend spent at Marie Lake. Fantastic campsite and really enjoyed this route. Topped out at the knife edged ridge, then over to the west chute. Dropped down a bit and went up what seemed to be a class four chimney (it was more of a face really). The class three chimney looked like it was probably just a few feet to my left. Cool overhanging summitblock.
Posted Sep 6, 2011 3:37 pm

calipidderTarget Peak of trip attained!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2010


The biggest goal of an 8-day backpacking and peakbagging tour out of Pine Creek. We camped at Big Bear Lake and studied the east-facing chute. Looked like vertical snow at the top. Fortunately all was passable class 2, no problems. Great climb, had a blast. Snow helped us in the chute (both up and down), and the talus was solid and good once we started up the final stretch to the summit. Nice class 3 summit block. Love the views from here, right in the center of it all.

Panorama video from the summit:
Posted Sep 2, 2010 9:40 pm

boyblueFrom Sandpiper Lake  Sucess!


Climbed in September, 1982; unsure of exact date. I was on a long backpack trip through the region- this was one of several peaks bagged. Also tagged the north summit on my way back down.
Posted Jun 1, 2010 7:25 pm

OregonGalI was 13 my brother 12  Sucess!
Not sure of the exact date, It was in the summer dad and his partners of New Growth Forestry Service, teamed up with a few Hoedads and Marmots for summers of '79-'80 to rebuild John Muir Trail from Florence Lake to Seldon Pass (i think..) We had base camp in the Sally Keys Lakes. Dad and his friend Mike Bresgal decided to climb Seven Gables and my brother John ( a year younger than I) and I went with them. It was tough, but the view and the thrill of signing the book at the top... well, we stayed up a while and made it back to camp after dark. Wish i had a camera, the sheer drop off one side and the tumbled boulders to climb thru at the top surprised me. I always wondered what happened to the book...but I am in there! Erica :-)
Posted Jun 22, 2009 4:04 am

dervinS. Gables, and SOA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


Beautiful country. I need to go back and climb one of the gables.
Posted Sep 22, 2008 10:57 pm

kevin trieuBeautiful!  Sucess!

kevin trieu

One of the most spectacular places in the Sierra. One of the most memorable trip with Pookie.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 4:59 pm

panweilinAn SHR bonus peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


As a bonus peak of our 9-day SHR backpacking trip. Stayed at Ursa Lake (one of the Bear Lake) the night before, traversed to Vee Lakes then Severn Gables Lakes, scrambled up from the saddle to the north of peak.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 3:11 pm

hikineddWest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Changed trailheads at the last minute from Florence Lake to Bear Diversion; great decision. From Bear Diversion it's 13.5 miles along Bear Creek all the way, mostly shaded with some gorgeous waterfalls, pools and the biggest Aspens I've ever seen. Camping at Sandpiper Lake put us a mile and a half closer to Seven Gables than if we'd camped at Marie Lake. From Sandpiper we climbed the west slope.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 12:12 am

murraymcleodRoute: From Lou Beverly Lake  Sucess!


Climbed with Zack Presho, Mark Danner, and Keith Erke while camped at Lou Beverly Lake for a week. The picture shows me on the summit block!
Posted Jun 20, 2006 11:45 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: West Slog Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Burd

I have to agree with Matthew that the route left much to be desired. But then we pretty much knew that going in. Oh the sad fate of obstinate peakbaggers. Trip Report.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 7:21 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: West Slog Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Not a particularly good climb (to be kind), although the views from the summit almost compensated. I should have waited to climb the East Face next summer. Dayhike from the Bear Creek diversion dam with Bob and Rick.
Posted Oct 29, 2005 12:26 am

RSN473Route Climbed: S Face/SW Chute Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed this in the middle of a 7 day trip to the Bear Lakes area - very enjoyable
Posted Mar 1, 2005 3:50 pm

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