Long day hike, via the north ridge. Soloed on the fourth of July, hoping to get some natural fireworks… wasn’t too disappointed with the clear weather.
I remember a nasty dirt road approach and my partner setting off a thundering rock avalanche as he was unadvisedly trying to descend one of the steep gullies from the summit ridge.
We got there just as the lightning was starting:-)
Mtn Ear and I started at Reese Cr, followed well-marked Park boundary to 6540', picked up road and followed to end at 8100'. Intersected Park boundary again and followed it more or less to the prominent north ridge, on up to 10250', then southeast to saddle due west of summit. This last southeast leg (1/3 mile) is steep and a bit scary when loaded with snow. The remaining 250' to the summit poses no real hazards.
Ascended the north ridge then cut across the snow bowl to the saddle. Very windy, but got a few good views. Spent a couple nights camped on park boundary to north of north ridge.
Are you guys going to make a trip report? I would be interested in hearing more and seeing photos.
hands down, best peak to bag inside the park.
went fast and light, and stashed most of the rest of our gear at the treeline. i was worried because high winds (enough to comically knock my partner over) accompanied our scramble up the SE ridge but fortunately, we summited just as the wind died down and ended up made the most out of the beautiful noon, spending about 90 minutes taking in the view. after scrambling back down, we ran most of the trail back.
Climbed this as a day hike with my (now) wife (it was one of her first hikes ever!, sorry hon!) when we were working in YNP for the summer of 2001.
This was wild....so since I run the kitchen @ Canyon I was able to get some burgers and stuff, and we were going to have ourselves a barbeque over a makeshift fire pit in our self proclaimed camp site and use this makeshift grill that my partner brought that u threw over the fire....well all the ice melted in the bag with the meat and it was leaking so the buns got ruined, but we kinda ate this stuff w/o bread....This guy had this shitty tent that was probably 2 feet high and 4 feet wide and 6 feet in lenght and probably cost like 10 bucks. It was supported by some cheapo poles that pretty much bent as you tried to stick them in the ground....and supposedly there was a pole in the tent that supported the middle, but trying to squeeze the two of us into that one person tent with the pole and all didnt work so we passed on that....Anyway the next day we couldnt wait to get the hell out of there so we killed the summit, snapped some shots and run back home to the Canyon....beautiful summit conditions, mosquitoes down there are merciless...
One of my best memories from my first summer working in Yellowstone. Route was long but the scrambling at the end was fun. Fantastic views and a great looking peak.
What is really impressive about this mountain is when, on a clear day, you drive south from Mammoth Hot Springs towards Norris junction. You drive a few miles with rock walls to your right and a big drop-off with Africa lake to you left. As soon as you pass the water fall, this beautiful valley, Swan Lake Flats, opens up before you. Look to your right to see the sheer beauty of Electric Peak. Electric was not the first mountain I climbed, but it was the first mountain that I wanted to climb.
Climbed this with a fast hiker from South Carolina, Up in 4 hours, down in 3 1/4. 3,500' vertical, 20 mile RT. Last part is fun, loose rock, scramble up to the top, if it seems to hard, try another way, it's better than it looks.
Second attempt at climbing this behemoth. The way it dominates the skyline around Mammoth makes it a must climb. Solo day hiked it both times. The first time was a year earlier, and turned back 200' from the summit due to weather, and poor route finding. I did see a grizzly on the hike out. He struck a few good poses for me, and I snapped a couple pics. That redeemed the trip for me. Second time I went up I paid attention to where I was going and made the summit early afternoon. Good scramble up, but lots of steep scree. Not for the average Joe.
From Gardiner, Montana, this peak is the most impressive thing in sight. I lived in that area for a year, and it took me 5 months to get there. This started a spree of climbs throughout Yellowstone during September. I went back a couple of years later with my wife (whom I met in Mammoth in '95), and still missed the easy trail up the last 50 feet of this peak. Great exposure, fantastic view.