First to sign the register in 8 months! Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011
I was surprised to find that many people sign the summit register each season, but due to the lingering deep snowpack, I was the first since November 4th, 2010. I got a late start around 1:30 p.m., after playing around with my kids on a pleasant day in the Warners. The wildflower display was outstanding on the way to Squaw Peak. There was a lot of snow to deal with after reaching the Squaw Peak area, and 3-6 feet of snow from Cottonwood Lake onward (with deeper banks to avoid or walk on up higher), but it just added to the adventure. I decided to make a loop by hiking up the ridge between Cottonwood and Patterson Lakes to get to Warren Peak and then hike down to Patterson Lake by heading down the southeast ridge of Warren Peak. I made it back to camp at Pepperdine an hour after dark with several mosquito bites to show my family...it didn't appear in looking at Alturas after sunset, that it had a firework show on the 4th.