Beautiful peak and area. Worst mosquitoes EVER! The view from Lamotte is terrific though. I would go in the late summer or fall once the mosquitoes are mostly gone.
Made it up in good time, then watched as the sky turned dark and the thunder started booming. Luckily it stayed back near the lakes and didn't follow me as I made my escape
8/26/2016 Started up the coloir that starts at N40.77380 W110.76744. The advantage of this coloir is that there is no bushwhacking to get there. The disadvantage is that there is an unpleasant amount of water running in it and two series of small waterfalls. I bypassed the first set of waterfalls on the left and the second on the right. I found the terrain so much more pleasant on the second bypass that I just stayed over there and then went pretty much straight up to the top.
8/21/2016 I did my usual loop, but it's been awhile and I think a lot more trees have come down, so I'm not sure I'll do it this way again.
8/4/2009, 7/12/2009, 6/27/2009,
4/30/2009 Started at the winter parking area at mile 48.6 on the MLH. Unfortunately the gate was still closed even though the road was bare as far as I could see. Walked the road until the 343/120 turnoff. That road was also bare. Turned off on 120 (snowy) which I followed until its end. Traversed over to the Boundary Creek drainage which I followed until the base of 10897. Up to this point I was able to float on top of the snow even without snowshoes but once I started climbing 10897 I had to put them on. From the top of 10897 I followed the north ridge of Lamotte all the way to the summit. It was very windy on the summit ridge, but it was a pretty warm day. Still, I had to keep the big bulky mittens on and it was very time consuming to take pictures. There are fantastic views in all directions once on the ridge. The whole thing was 23.5 miles RT. I started at 6, got to the summit at 1:40 and was back at the car at 8:40. I was expecting miserably soft snow on the return, but it never got too bad. For sure it was soft and mushy, but I still managed to stay on top with the snowshoes, thanks to the good refreeze the night before. The bottom part took a lot longer on the way down than on the way up because of the soft snow.
10/2/2008 West couloir
9/4/2008 With Moogie737 and Brent. Up and down the west couloir.
8/15/2008 Beautiful hike. Great views but unfortunately I forgot my camera. Started at the Christmas Meadows TH and stayed on the trail until due west of the summit. Left the trail at about N40 46.370 W110 46.316 Headed for the couloir located at N40 46.191 W110 45.861 For the most part, the rock in this couloir is nice and stable in convenient step sized chunks. However, it gets less so as you near the top and I was eventually pretty much on all 4's, but still, it's not so bad. The 4.25 miles/1300' vertical on the trail took 1:50 and the 1.15 miles/2600' vertical off-trail took 1:40. On the way back, I took the ridge N until shortly before 11783 and then headed NW, then N, then W to get back to the trail about .6 miles from the TH. The whole thing took 6.5 hours and was about 10.25 miles.
7/24/2007 With Dave A. Went up as above, but on the way down we followed the ridge all the way to Scow Lake and then did some little peaks NW of Scow, 10381, 10376, and 10356 before bushwhacking down to the road.
Easy climb on the north ridge from Christmas Meadows. Opted for a fun, quick descent off the summit to Ostler Fork.
Summited via ski trip with Dmitry on a clear but windy day. The thermometer read 0° F when we left the car.
Thanks to Zeejay for taking me and Brent along. I've seen a lot of steep things, but after we left the trail at 10,100' the length of the long boulder-drenched slog was unparalleled. Still, as Zeejay put it, you can keep moving, even if the pace is slow. Fabulous views from the summit - too bad the very cold wind prevented us from enjoying them longer than a few milliseconds! :)
From Christmas Meadows TH, ascended near the drainage south of Scow Lake. Once I made the top of the northwest ridge at 10650 ft, it was easy and fast going all the way to the summit. Saw a couple of bucks, a large grouse, and a bobcat along the way. Descended quickly down the steep west slope due to an approaching t-storm. Beautiful hike/climb, most of it above treeline!
It was a gorgeous hike, but I didn't go all the way to the top.