Perfect day for a day hike in from the TH at Eagle Falls. Had the summit to myself.
Climbed Dicks midway between a solo 20+ mile Jacks->Dicks->Tallac talus traverse from Glen Alpine. It was a gorgeous day in every respect. The only people I saw all day since near the trailhead were on this summit. Also, the only summit register, a makeshift one in a nalgene bottle.
Very windy on the summit. Snow was a nightmare in the afternoon. Fun outing.
Hike in from Eagle Falls trail head and over Dicks Pass, short scramble up from there and easy traverse to Jacks Peak! Nice canmping under Dicks Peak at Half Moon Lake
Great hike up the north ridge, Fun class 2 hike. Clear skys and no crowd. From eagle falls trail head to dicks peak in 2.5hr via north ridge trail. Reno Hang Over Crew!
Nick K.’s note in the summit register says it better than I ever could: "...he grinned and slung the pack over his shoulder & pondered the question: the type of question which knits the seams in the cosmic nothing. Glancing out across the lakes & valleys extending like fingers into forever he said 'Precisely where the world meets the sky.'"
Backpacked up to Halfmoon Cirque, dropped our packs and hit Dicks and Jacks. Excellent views from both.
I don't think very many people climb this peak, especially by the route we took. The route wasn't anything special, just a pile of scree; the summit was very much worth it though, so if you hear of a decent route on Dick's, take it.
Day hiked from Eagle Falls trailhead. Very limited visibility due to fires to the west. The next day a snowstorm hit.
Had the Summit to myself. Wish I was there right now.
Excellent one day climb with surpisingly little snow but of course excellent views. A pretty straight forward walk-up but a couple of small climbing moves made it complete. A perfect afternoon spent in the Desolation park.
Little more snow than I expected, starting at 8500 ft, but only getting to 1 ft deep at the top. Cornice already forming on the north side of the peak. It was a little sketchy after the subpeak, I agree, especially with a little snow and a little ice.
Hiked the popular Eagle Falls-to-Tallac route (as a day hike) and, since it goes so close to Dicks Peak, couldn't resist tagging the top. There was only one sketchy section up a chute toward the base (after going around the first minor peak), and it was just as sketchy coming down. We had three people up there, and none of us probably would have done it alone (but none of us was a climber).
The views from the top are good, but not spectacular like Tallac. All the same, it's fun to look ever-so-slightly down on Tallac from there.
After Dicks Peak, the climb up to Tallac from Gilmore Lake was harder than expected, and the hike down to the Tallac trailhead was brutal. It was a good hike, but I wouldn't be enthusiastic about doing Dicks Peak again on that route (on a day hike, anyway). The smart one in our group left his pack at the bottom of the chute.
(August 2, 2008) Climbed along with Mount Tallac and Jacks Peak. Lots of butterflies on the summit.
(August 13, 2005) Climbed to the summit with our backpacks and spent the night on top. The wind got pretty intense during the night but there was a good wind shelter on top. There was a meteor shower occuring the night we were up there so we had a great view.
I did this climb with my friend Asher and my dog Ginger. Ginger made it up most of the way until we hit a short section of class III off the use trail. So one of us had to summit while the other stayed with my dog then come down and switch. It was a fun climb.
Enjoyed great views on the way up on this cloudy day, but our views ended at the summit which poked its head into a cloud.
I made summer hikes two ways. From Emerald Bay along the Eagle Lake Trail and on to Dicks Lake to the pass and up the NW ridge.
Another way, not noted on the three given routes in from Fallen Leaf Lake at the trailhead of Lily Lake. See my description of this route that I have added.
I came from Cathedral Lake, tagged the top of Tallac, descended the back side of Tallac to the PCT, and then hung a left at Dicks Pass and followed the ridge. The last 60 or so vertical feet are not class 2, I would say they are class 3. Near the summit another group of people turned around because they were worried someone could take a nasty spill. Indeed, that worried me as well, but I continued on to the top.
I then followed the saddle between Dicks Peak and Jacks Peak and tagged the top of Jacks Peak as well. I followed the ridge pretty closely, but I dropped down on the right side of it to make things easier after a little while. I dropped down a vertical hundred feet or so as I neared the end of the saddle between Jacks Peak and Dicks Peak to avoid a snow field and aim for what looked like an easier route to the summit of Jack's Peak compared to following the ridge religiously. I dont know the ratings system that well, but I would guess the route I took up to the summit of Jacks Peak was hard 3 or class 4. Doing it by myself and unroped scared the holy hell out of me, but I did not want to have to come back there to tag it. I followed a pseudo crack system on the hard parts and built little cairns on the way up so I could find my way back down what looked the easiest on the way up. It was too steep to be able to pick out the easier way down when looking down. I had a hell of a time descending this route. It took my time, cuz a slip would have been a major problem. If you tag the top of Dicks Peak, you may as well hit Jack's Peak while you are there. It tooke me about 50 minutes to get from the top of Dicks Peak to the top of Jacks Peak.
Someone needs to do a page on Jack's Peak. Maybe I will.
I had a good old time on both, although I did not relish downclimbing from either of them.
Great hike and climb. There was still a good amount of snow on the way up to Dicks Pass. The easy routes on the North side of the ridge were also covered, as was the class 3 chute on the ridge. Took some route finding, but was able to summit after some moderate class 3. Weather was cool and the skies were clear.
I highly recommend the NW Ridge over the NE Ridge as an ascent route--the former was an easy hike on fairly solid snow/scree/talus, the latter was miserably loose and not a lot of fun. It was cold and windy up at the summit.
I hiked out of Bayview Campground, returning via Tallac; I didn't use my snowshoes all day.