Cloudripper Climber's Log

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Donno - Aug 28, 2020 8:17 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2020

West Chute C2C  Sucess!

Solo, C2C from South Lk TH. 9.5h, +/- 3700'. Nerve-racking, scary and exhilarating. 100th peak!


ratz - Oct 7, 2019 9:50 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2019

Cloudripper Oct 2019  Sucess!

Hiked via green lake trail up to coyote ridge and then across the plateau and over Vagabond peak.

Some sources have noted that this route is class 3, I highly disagree, it was an easy class 2, nothing tricky at all... it was still a exhausting day. Took us about 11 hours to total hiking time. but that included a lot of sitting around enjoying the views.

Scott M.

Scott M. - Aug 30, 2018 5:44 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2018

East Ridge from Seventh Lakke  Sucess!

An outstanding day with great weather and views with Patrick Rizzo


Romain - Aug 19, 2018 11:51 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2018

East Ridge from Baker Lake  Sucess!

With my son Simon. The crux is getting up Coyote Valley Road, which is very rough until one gets to Coyote Flat (then it gets better). 4*4 with high clearance necessary. Nice adventure overall, with an unusual way to approach the peak. Summit views among the best I've seen so far in the Sierra. Trip report


mengbo - Sep 26, 2017 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2017

backpacking trip  Sucess!

a PCS outing.


gordonye - Aug 14, 2017 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2017

From Green Lake  Sucess!

Climbed with Mike Chen and another friend who turned back due to altitude symptoms. This is a very good introduction to class 2-3 scrambling on a high peak, there is very little loose rock and the summit scrambling is fairly easy.

dakine - Aug 10, 2017 5:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2017

Via Green Lake  Sucess!

Dayhike via Green Lake, nice scramble at the summit


Bill562 - Aug 7, 2017 11:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2017

Via West chute  Sucess!

With Marina K. Route finding was a challenge for us.


BobD3 - Aug 5, 2017 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017

From Big Pine Lake #6  Sucess!

Good views in all directions. Got turned back from the West chute route a few years back, and decided not to re-try it. Too easy to get off route. The wooden sign is no longer there.

Ben FR - Jul 15, 2017 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2017

West chute variation  Sucess!

I successfully climbed Cloudripper on Friday, July 14, 2017 (record snow year). Despite studying the route carefully, I misread the chutes and ended up taking the much wider chute directly to the north of the commonly climbed West Chute. This chute was solid class 2 terrain until the first "Y" (we went right) where it morphed into loose class 3 terrain. At the second "Y" we went right again, and ended up in an extremely loose class 4+ chimney. Based on how loose the terrain was, we were certain we went the wrong way. At one point I accidentally pulled down a 100lb+ boulder which came within a foot of my climbing partner. We ended up downclimbing a few hundred feet and attempted another chute which was less loose and had a solid 5.5-5.6 crux move and spit us out a few minutes North of the summit.

We descended down toward Vagabond Peak, which we summited and then headed down toward Green Lake. We unfortunately didn't know about the trail that takes you down to Green Lake, and headed down an interminable boulder field.

Key takeaway:
- Do not attempt to enter the very wide and inviting chute and stick to the chute to its right.
- Helmet may be a good idea for the top of the chutes given chossy terrain.
- If descending to Green Lake, find the trail down rather than going down the boulder field.


Diesel - Jul 21, 2016 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2016

The only summit with a wooden sign.  Sucess!

North couloir via Chocolate Lakes. Made a right instead of a left and ended up on a class 4 on the South summit. Not funny. 3 hours fron South Lake parking lot to real summit.


austinorville1 - Jul 5, 2016 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Cloudripper, Vagabond  Sucess!

Drove up near green lake from coyote flats and then hiked to green lake from there.Camped there for the night. In the morning we climbed Cloudripper and vagabond from green lake but didn't take the scree field up. Nick and I wrapped around the back of it and descended down to thunder and lightning lake. Filtered some water and fished for an hour before heading up the east ridge. Spent an hour up top vibing hard and then went on to bag vagabond. We took the scree field back down to above green lake where we camped for the night. If you are not in a hurry I would suggest the route I took as it passes by a beautiful lake and also gets you some extra exposure on the east ridge. Awesome day it was

Brian Asher

Brian Asher - May 5, 2016 3:09 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2015

Cloudripper, Vagabond, Sky Haven  Sucess!

Up from Big Pine North Fork past glacial lakes up to Cloud Ripper. Traversed to Vagabond was cake, however Sky Haven was slow going. Headed down to the north and got slightly lost before refinding the trail back down towards North Fork. Big day

Route here:


Fairweather - Oct 18, 2015 8:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014

Day Hike from South Lake  Sucess!

Very fun day with Todd.
The wooden sign on top is a nice surprise.
Great view of the Palisades and South Lake basin.


iditarod81 - Oct 12, 2015 4:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2015

Consolation in the Inconsolables  Sucess!

After 3 prior attempts were foiled due to horrible weather, we caught Cloudripper on a clear day and finally summited! Grabbed Vagabond en route from Green Lake also. There was a decent amount of snow up there already. I hope this bodes well for the season...we definitely need a wet winter to make up for the past 4 years.


Ambret - Sep 6, 2015 1:03 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2015

Via Green Lake/Vagabond  Sucess!

Reached the north peak of Cloudripper after crossing over from Vagabond Peak with Ruvicha, Jim* and Steve2. Would have been better views had it not been for the smoke blowing in from the western Sierra fires.


IronHiker - Aug 24, 2015 5:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2015

South Lake / Green Lake  Sucess!

Hit Vagabond on the way. Smoke from wildfires obscured some of the best views I've seen anywhere. Class 3 summit with a newer wooden sign. Awesome hike.


xharv - Jul 21, 2015 6:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015

From South Lake via Green Lake  Sucess!

Beautiful views, good effort, and then icing on the cake: the summit blocks! About 30 people have signed the register so far in 2015, the first visitors recorded in March! Trip report.


jdmorehouse - Jul 21, 2015 10:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2015

Beating the Rain  Sucess!

Up the pipeline route, then the headwall behind Green Lake, over Thunder and Lightning Peak (aka Vagabond). The forecast called for 60% chance of showers. I made it back to the trail before the rain came.


CWessels - Jul 18, 2015 7:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015

West Chute  Sucess!

This is a wonderful climb! There isn't a single chute, I noticed, because the main one splits into at least three different channels about half way up.

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