Beautiful late season climb on a clear day. The hike is pretty exposed, but it was a cool day, so there was no problems with heat. Started from the bottom of Blue Canyon, hiked up past Blue Lake and Deadman Lake. Then to the slippier ascent of the Northwest ridge. This route is much more scenic and enjoyable than the Southeast ridge via the PCT. I've added this route to the page.
On the last morning of a 50 miler, we ascended from our camp at Latopie Lake and went up the scree slopes. We found a use trail half way up and followed it. Not too much exposure and scrammbled a little. The view from the top wasn't great because of a fire in Kennedy Meadows (Not the one right below us, the southern one). Was fun anyway. We then hiked out to Sonora Pass.
Nice walk up. Remember some cool, colorful lichen on route. I thought view was decent...Kennedy Lake is a LONG way down.
An easy class 1 route. Not too many mountains around this area, so the views were mediocre.
Made some snowboard descents in this area in Spring '01, but thunderstorms prevented a summit attempt.
Hiked into Blue Canyon and set up camp below Blue Canyon Lake. With lots of snow and plenty of daylight, I hiked up to Leavitt while the others hung around camp (there's just a bunch of snow there, so I didn't see the fun in just hanging out). I returned via the NW ridge of the Pacific Crest, descending a steep snow chute directly down to Blue Canyon Lake. That was fun! Trip Report
Took 3 hours to reach the summit. What a great view. Seems like you can see forever. A very fun day.