Excelsior Mountain Climber's Log

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labgloves

labgloves - Aug 11, 2017 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2017

Snow hike  Sucess!

Snow hike

Liberator16 - Jul 31, 2017 10:12 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2015

Day Hike from Virginia Lakes  Sucess!

Nice day hike up from Virginia Lakes. Steep scrambling but nothing harder than class 2. Very cool view of Mt. Conness from the summit of Excelsior.

Deb

Deb - Sep 4, 2016 11:20 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2016

NE Ridge  Sucess!

My main purpose for climbing this peak was to look for skiable snow. Overcast day with high winds made this boring hike even more unpleasant and the snow I found was frozen. Decided to bag Slate Ridge and Black Cat on my way down....then skied off Dunderberg.

colinr

colinr - Aug 27, 2016 12:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

For the views!  Sucess!

Paid a second visit to see morning views and build acclimatization.

boyblue

boyblue - Dec 16, 2015 10:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 1981

East Ridge  Sucess!

2 day x-country loop from Lundy Canyon with an overnight at Burro Lake.

seano

seano - Sep 10, 2015 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2015

From Virginia Lakes  Sucess!

Day 1 of a backpack around northern Yosemite. Pretty straightforward talus slog from the pass above Summit Lake. Trip report.

trexkerry - Aug 22, 2015 12:11 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2015

From Virginia Lakes  Sucess!

Daytrip from South Lake Tahoe, 2 hour drive to Virginia Lakes TH, and then a fun hike up to Excelsior. This was a fun one, very scenic, fantastic views. TR will get posted HERE.

bechtt - Aug 21, 2015 2:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

NE Ridge  Sucess!

On my way back home after Tahoe peak bagging. Surprised to pretty much find a use trail all the way up to the summit. Pizza at Whoa Nellie's capped a great trip.

colinr

colinr - Oct 14, 2014 1:44 am Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014

Virginia Lakes TH Fall Colors Tour  Sucess!

The family and I went on a weekend fall colors tour with stops along the east side of Sonora Pass, Little Walker River Rd, Upper Summers Meadows Rd, Green Greek Rd/TH, Dunderberg Meadow Rd, Virginia Lakes TH, Conway Summit, Lundy Canyon, and a return home via Tioga Pass. I toyed with the idea of much longer options for a significant dayhike, but a virus had me at less than 100%; so I settled on a Saturday evening jaunt up Excelsior. A bit of patchy snow still lingered up high on north facing slopes. The summit views did not disappoint; my brief sunset stay convinced me I ought to come back for morning views sometime. The stunning color display on short drives and family hikes made up for being too tired for any peak hikes Sunday.

mengbo

mengbo - May 19, 2014 1:24 am Date Climbed: May 18, 2014

Day Hike  Sucess!

Day hike on a VERY windy day from Virginia Lakes trailhead. Still lots of snow in the early season. Crampons were used for early morning hard snow. No register on the summit. 3h20m up and total time is 5h50m.

calipidder

calipidder - Jul 15, 2013 9:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

Bear on the summit!  Sucess!

Okay, not QUITE on the summit but very close, wandering around the west slope just below the summit pile. Really enjoyed this hike. A casual 3.5 hour climb, 45 min at summit, and quickie 2 hour descent. Great one for a Sunday before the ~5 hour drive home.

fedak

fedak - Jun 30, 2013 1:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

From Virginia Lakes  Sucess!

Cool and calm at 12k as much of the west sweltered under record temperatures.
Sky Pilots in bloom atop the ridge.

Hit a couple of the nearby minor peaks after Excelsior.
Pics and commentary hear.

thexcat

thexcat - Oct 15, 2012 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012

From V. Lakes  Sucess!

With PG. 3.5h to summit, 3 to descend. Great conditions, light dusting of snow, sunny, no wind. PG hit a dead dear on 680 before we met, damaging underside of his car.

cab

cab - Sep 4, 2012 11:19 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

From Shepherd Crest  Sucess!

Last peak of the day after North Peak and Shepherd Crest.

HikeMonkey

HikeMonkey - Jul 30, 2012 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Mike R. and I hiked up from Virginia Lakes on our way to spend the night by Summit Lake. A beautiful day for a walk and amazing views.

We noted Gordon's register entry -- very amusing.

gordonye

gordonye - Jul 23, 2012 1:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

From Virginia Lakes  Sucess!

Made it with 6 other guys from NorCal meetup: Mike C, Jerry H, Matthew B, Matt S, Ernie N, and Ray N. Magnificent views in all directions.

cdog

cdog - Jun 17, 2012 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012

fun hike  Sucess!

Had a nice, gradually ascending hike to the summit with Tim. We approached via Virginia Lakes and climbed the NE ridge. Definitely some spectacular views from this summit. Some storms were brewing while we were on top so we didn't hang out too long. When we got back to base camp on Green Creek we feasted on tri-tip, potatoes, and good beer with the ladies.

Niels79

Niels79 - Dec 30, 2011 12:00 am Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2011

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Longer approach than I had expected. Weather was perfect

LincolnB

LincolnB - Dec 29, 2011 10:34 am Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2011

Winter climb  Sucess!

Took the opportunity to climb this in a low snow year. Ice on the talus and frigid wind made this less enjoyable than my usual summer climbs. Register had been placed Sept 2010 and already had a couple dozen entries.

soslaw

soslaw - Sep 18, 2011 10:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

N East Ridge  Sucess!

Northern Yosemite's high country views are the payoff. North faces of Conness and North Peak seem within touching distance.

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