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FairweatherFrom Red Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005


Red Lake is a cool place.
With Chris.
Posted Oct 17, 2015 7:32 pm

TullymtVia St Jean Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015


Had the mountain to myself.

Posted Oct 7, 2015 5:08 pm

Blackmouth2nd Times The Charm
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013


The road got the best of me the first time but I was successfull the 2nd time around. Overnighted at Red Lake and summited the next morning. Perfect weather with beautiful views, I was lucky enough to have the mountain all to myself. I thought I was on the right trail on my way up to Red lake but found the real trail on my way down. If I didn't see it with my own eyes I would have never believed it started where it does.
Posted Sep 17, 2015 2:38 pm

ljwoodwNice little peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015
2-day backpacking trip coming up out of the Taboose Creek trail. Can't recommend the trail. Camped at the big beautiful (unnamed?) lake on the west side between Split Mountain and Mather Pass. Climbed up the NE face, then back down and hiked out.

Lots of smoke, so the views weren't what they could have been, but still quite nice.

Soloed this for my third California 14'er. Considerably easier than Shasta or Whitney (Mountaineers' Route)...
Posted Aug 31, 2015 2:10 pm

ScottWhitneyBoundBackpack from Red Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015


Three-day backpack, two nights at Red Lake, four hikers left Red Lake about 7AM and made it to the summit shortly after noon, all back at Red Lake by about 5PM. Route up to the notch and back down included some Class 3.
Posted Aug 11, 2015 5:36 pm

edsaxeBeautiful lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2013


got to climb an awesome 14er and jump off the cliffs in the lake after!
Posted Jul 14, 2015 1:03 pm

rockcarlNight @ Red Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015


2 days, acclimatized by spending the night at Red Lake then summited and hiked back to the car on day 2. Minimal 3rd, mostly just loose but easy scrambling. Patriotic July 4 summit dance was mandatory! Downhill both ways on the drive by taking the recommended route on the way in and the mine route on the way out. I don't think our Subaru Forester would have made it otherwise!
Posted Jul 14, 2015 1:04 am

DukeJHRest and nutrition is key  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015


Second attempt via Red Lake. Camped at Lower Red Lake and summitted with a group of 4 after the group above kicked rocks down the chute. Typical afternoon thunderstorms on the descent.

Last attempt I was coming off illness, hadn't slept, was dehydrated and started late.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 11:45 am

DieselSplit Mountain day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2015


The 3rd time is a charm. Solo hike. Many thanks to summitpost's Cab who gave me some good tips. I left at the trail-head at 5:25AM, submitted at 12:15PM, back to the car at almost 6:00PM. This is the first mountain where I saw two snakes on the trail, both between the trial-head and the creek. I did not meet or see one single person on the mountain the whole day.
Posted Jul 12, 2015 1:05 pm

charitydominicNE Slope, git er done  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006


Yup, do this one. Had a lot of fun. Would repeat.
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:31 pm

DougHemkenCar to car  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014


Car-to-car from the Meadows. Took us about 14 hours.
Posted Aug 1, 2014 8:25 am

ElGrecoSt. Jean couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2014


With Max. Went with hopes to climb the East Couloir but the recent snowfall was still causing sluffs and it was very warm, so we thought better of it and went up the St. Jean with a bunch of useless rock and ice gear... Mostly a soft snow slog with a couple of mixed moves to overcome a step with hollow snow underneath it.

I have to say, if Split were not a 14er, a small fraction of folks would climb it. Interesting geology, but it's not an elegant or aesthetic peak - just a heap of... stuff. Red Lake is wonderful. Beautiful views from the top, but a totally anticlimactic summit (just a flat spot somewhere up there).

High clearance definitely recommended for the drive. I thought the trail was fine - don't see why people complain. Just make sure to walk north from the parking area on a road to the green patch with the spring to find the start. Tips for staying on it: follow the wide, traily thing in the middle and don't veer to the side...
Posted May 27, 2014 12:14 am

bricewilsonFrom Red Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2013


Day 5 of SC13. 5:00am car; 11:15am summit; 11:35am departed summit; 3:30pm car. Made it to LAX with plenty of time to spare for my red-eye back to NYC.
Posted Mar 30, 2014 10:02 pm

danblockNorth Slope from East  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2013
The trail to Red Lake is kinda of a pain, but it was beautiful at the lake under the peak. Hiked with Vincent and Nick and made the summit without any trouble--just lots of scree and talus. It felt like a long way back to the car.

We took the standard dirt access road in a recent Subaru Forrester--no problems, but it takes a while.
Posted Jan 22, 2014 5:34 pm

JeremiahJohnsonJMT side trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013
Did this as a side trip on a JMT thru-hike that included lots of extra peaks. Summitted with Connie & Eric - 2 other JMTers that wanted to get in an extra 14er for their thru hike.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 12:32 am

PastorronDidn't make it this time
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013


Tried to day hike it but our group got off course and by the time we got back on the right trail the chances of making the summit had gone way down. I got up as high as the notch but had to turn around so we could get back down safely. Will return in future.
Posted Oct 6, 2013 12:46 am

camden kirkpatrickRe: Didn't make it this time

camden kirkpatrick

Its alright, I didn't make it to the top of Mount Elbert caused by a blizzard, almost sub zero temperature's, and my mom, and dad were tired too, so don't feel bad.
Posted Jan 28, 2015 9:59 am

douggrangerNorth Ridge, East approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007


With Maggie.
Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:49 pm

jdmorehouseSolo Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013


Although I started with a partner, we parted ways about a mile and a half into the climb. After a five thirty start, the day warmed up as soon as the sun was up, and I don't care for warm climbs. The first real view of the peak was at the lower Red Lake, and it was awesome (to use an over used word). Rising nearly 4000' from the lake, it looked like an impossible climb. Loose and unstable rock in the moraine fields added to the difficulty. The final chute up to the summit ridge was steep, loose, and I was glad to find 3rd class rock to hold onto. The views on the summit, though, are the best I've experienced yet. The descent was much faster for me and was back at the car well before dark. Note: the road in, although in bad repair, was not nearly as bad as I had been led to believe. My XTerra had no issues at all with any of it, and a fairly low clearance car had made it to the parking area after me (a group of back packers), so careful driving will get most vehicles there.
Posted Aug 14, 2013 7:22 pm

DonnoN. Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1995


W/ Peter & Rahil. Doug stayed in camp.
Posted Aug 12, 2013 10:38 am

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