Now this is one nice climb. Took about 3h40m from Onion Valley at an easy pace. The last few feet to the top are quite memorable. Trip report.
Up the standard route, which was mostly snow. The chute leading to the crest was hard and steep snow so I found a rather challenging 3rd class route to the crest. The traverse at the top is a cruise and the views from the summit are superb!
After coming down from Kearsarge Peak via Lilly Pass, I went toward Dragon. The slope was full of snow and approaching it on the moraine, I saw to my left a couple of chutes that would go to the ridge. I took the Southern more chute and after a nice, solid rock climbing, I got to a notch. It was only then that I realized that in order to gain the ridge I had to do some very exposed 25-30 of class 4 climbing. Very stupid of me and very dangerous. I managed to get up on the ridge just to realize that I was a far cry away from the peak. I made my way to the ridge, which in itself is a bitch to navigate, and ascended the wrong peak; the real peak is further North, through a notch. When at the base of the peak I entirely missed the class 3 and fund myself on the East side of the peak, looking at a insanely expose class 4. It was very stupid of me to go up that way, but I did. I went down the slope most people use to go up also. It was full of hard snow, even at 3 pm.
Waited a long time to climb this peak (bighorn sheep restriction) BTW, only saw a bighorn once in 40+ trips to the Sierra.
Anyway, this is a great peak: Scenic, fun climbs, and can easily be done as a day-hike.
Solo day hike from Onion Valley. I climbed the crest of the ridge once above the chock stone, first summiting a pinnacle nearly the same height as Dragon itself, then traversed over to Dragon. Rain again on the descent, but I made it to the lake at 11,360' first before it came down in earnest.
Day hiked this peak with Jean and Eddie. Terry did not make it and patiently waited for us at elevation 12200 ft.
Eddie may lost a few stoppers on the route, probably around final saddle area. Please contact me if you get them by chance. Thank you in advance!
Quite a climb. That upper slab/crack traverse is amazing.
Did this as part of the class. I choose of course the 'hard' trip out of the 3 offered for the day class. The climb ends with a memorable exposed class 3. Went on to Gould afterward.
Dayhiked from Onion Valley with Tang. Routefinding slowed us down a bit. Airy scramble up high.
I climbed it in July 2008 along with Mt. Gould, and in August 2009 as a destination unto itself. Fun!
A very fun ridge scramble! The final face traverse is airy!
Wanted to dayhike East Vidette but the weather was unstable with rain already in the morning. Climbed Gould instead and continued on to Dragon. Tried Kearsarge Peak as well but got turned back below Lilley Pass by thunder and strong rain.
Really enjoyed the finish traverse!
Fun peak,very airy ...traversed to Gould also
Led a Sierra Club group up from the lake to the east and across to Gould. Cold and windy but I loved the last bit before the summit.
Part of Sierra Club outing
Solid holds, and fun traverse.
Great climb on a beautiful day. Much more snow in the Sierra than I expected. That summit block is great fun.
I'm not ashamed to admit, it made me cry. I need to go back and not cry. "nuf said.
CAB and I took a few different routes to the top which made for some interesting climbing. Was a ton of fun and different from most of the other climbs I have done. A little out of shape on this one so cross to Gould took much longer then it should have.