We had a beautiful day, approx 42 degrees and a some sunshine (albeit windier than hell, 35 mph) to explore this peak. Loads of 3rd class fun on the way to the base and some terrific 4th class exposure heading up the most western side and descended the same. No gear required, just a good grip and a little nerve. On our exit of Tamarack we continued with more exciting scrambling on many adjacent rock croppings. Great stuff!
With Matthew, below. Trip Report
Those last few moves got my attention! Worthy little side trip away from the san jac crowd.
This was a fun side trip. We were camping at Round Valley to climb San Jacinto when we decided to head up to Tamarack Valley. Cornell just begs to be climbed, so we obliged. This is a really fun climb. The tippy top is extremely exposed, but my brother John made it anyway. Great climb!
Climbed this peak on 3 different occasions over the years.
After tagging San Jacinto via the Marion Mountain Trail, I took a side trip and bagged nearby Miller Peak (10,400') and Cornell Peak (9750'). I enjoyed the fun class 3 climb up via the west face of Cornell Peak with its final class 4 summit block (which I approached via the SW side). I had to sit on the summit block so I could look down the north (exposed) side of Cornell Peak.
Nice scramble on the third day of a four day SoCal HPS spree with Bob. Cool summit block!
We cheated by taking the tram up, but tried to compensate with a fairly ambitious schedule once we made it up there: first tagging an interesting third class pinnacle SE of Cornell (unnamed, but quite worthwhile), then continuing on to this one, then Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Drury, Jean, and Marion. Lots of snow and lots of fun.
A amazing peak in a amazing range. The views from the top are better then Jacinto's. The final boulder outcrop is very exposed but very worth it.