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quorraluxKiller trail took two attempts!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008


Tried climbing Sourdough over Memorial day weekend before it was melted out and turned around halfway. Came back a month later and hiked it again, this time we made it all the way to the top (and I had a broken arm at the time!). Great views but this hike is legend in our family because of how steep it is!
Posted Jul 8, 2015 3:52 pm

JLuthanenUnder-prepared, but fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2015


Cotton nazis, beware! Hiked this peak with cotton boxers (not my typical), 2L of water between two people (half my typical), and lastly 1 cup of peanuts/2 fruit leathers/2 oreos/1 summit beer between two people. Usually don't brag about being dumb, but this was a good undertaking for lack of preparation on a last minute Memorial Day weekend spur of the moment hike. Weather spit only slightly, clouded up here and there otherwise. Saw a large black bear grazing about .5mi above camp at mile marker 4. Shared the trail with maybe a half dozen others ... gorgeous overviews of Diablo and Ross Lakes. Up in 5.5hrs, down in 2 - fun climb!
Posted May 26, 2015 3:01 am

skylerA Great Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2012


This was an amazing hike. The views were stunning the meteor shower was awesome and the steepness of the trail made the the summit feel like one hell of an accomplishment. The turquoise color of Diablo lake is beautiful from the summit. It was also cool to see the old fire lookout.
Posted May 6, 2015 6:45 pm

RedwicLookout Covered With Snow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2014


When our summit party visited the lookout site, the entire lookout was covered in massive snowpack. In essence, Paul, Martin, and I were sitting on top of the lookout. Martin and I each walked alongside the snow-covered lookout but if we had tried to dig inward to uncover the outer walls or windows the overhanging snow would have buried us. There was SO MUCH snow up there. That same day, another group was on a nearby ridge and took a photo of Sourdough Ridge... and could not see the lookout due to the large amount of snowpack, either. This was very similar to when Steph Abegg visited the site several years ago.

EPILOGUE: I returned several months later with someone wanting to visit a lookout. This gave me a chance to "see" it, too, despite standing on top of the snow-covered lookout the first time.
Posted Aug 13, 2014 6:16 pm

Snidely WhiplashBallbuster  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

Snidely Whiplash

Just A LOT of elevation gain!
Posted Nov 11, 2013 12:20 am

bcory2003BIG views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011


Tough hike but huge payout.
Posted Aug 5, 2013 3:13 pm

ericwillhiteTo the lookout and beyond  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012


After the lookout, headed west for 3.5 miles to do Stetattle Ridge (point 6495) and Mis-kai-whu Mountain (point 6728). Registers on both left by Fay Pullen in 2007. Only other entries were a Mike Torek party in 2008. Most just don't look I think or have snow. Almost 12 hours round trip. Sourdough Mountain Trip Map & Report
Posted Aug 15, 2012 11:51 pm

SummitQueenGood late fall hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2009


With fresh snow along the last mile of this trail, it makes for a great (and fairly quick) day hike. As all the trail guides say, those first few miles are a butt kicker, but excellent opportunity for doing some natural history observations, as the trail winds through a variety of different forested ecosystems. Mushrooms are plentiful along the trail, but you can not pick them and most are hard to identify without spore prints. We saw bear scat up near the Sourdough Camp, where blueberries are fantastic this time of year. Lots of snow at the top, though most has probably since melted away until the real snow hits in November. Great views of many of the river drainages that radiate from this mountain's base.
Posted Oct 13, 2009 2:36 am

Curtissimomore bugs than you can imagine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009


had a great time and cool swim with Alexei & Adam, but i had nightmares about the bugs all night and new welts keep popping up on my arms and legs. do this hike in midsummer or without wind at your own peril!
Posted Aug 3, 2009 11:34 am

gimpilatorWeird Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009


Alexei, Curt and I went to the lookout first and then the official summit. It was too hazy to fully appreciate the views. The highlight of the trip was when we went swimming around in a tarn up on the ridge top.

Update: Came back September 22, 2015 on the way to Elephant Butte. See the trip report.
Posted Aug 2, 2009 7:39 pm

cp0915Sourdough Mtn Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2009


Very pretty hike. The summit views are outstanding. Got attacked by an agitated ptarmigan on the way up.
Posted Aug 2, 2009 12:31 am

sourstrawshort sleeves?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2006


Lots of snow, and a warm day ... was down to shortsleeves and feeling pretty comfortable. Made it to just below the shelter and turned around due to the early hour of darkness. Moderately strenuous ... descent is fun on the knees. :)
Posted Jan 24, 2009 8:18 am

danman3156From Ross Lake Resort  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007


A fun hike to the top, a lot of snow this year.
Posted Aug 28, 2007 7:10 pm

Casey BatesGood Training!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2006

Casey Bates

Awesome training hike, although a bit dull at the start. Camped out in blizzard along the summit ridge. Went up for the views, did not see a damn thing.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 11:33 pm

sprossedaRoute Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Long, somewhat dull hike. Steep trail, pretty meadows near top. Good panoramic views from top. Nice little cabin up there too.
Posted Jan 26, 2006 4:14 pm

thebeave7Route Climbed: SD Mt Trail Date Climbed: August 20th, 2004  Sucess!


It was a hump up that steep trail, but the views from the top are well worth it. Beautiful views of the glaciers, peaks, and lakes. Not a major Mt, but definately a quiet one.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 1:51 am

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