Following the Kodiak High Route from Sunlight Lake up towards Jagged Peak, I climbed The Leviathan using the SW ridge. A crust of snow on the north side from a storm the previous night (lasting until about 5 am) made the south side of the ridge appealing and it was class 2 up to the false summit. From there, about 75 feet of downclimbing (class 3) to continue on SW ridge to summit (summit approach is solid class 3). After the false summit it became unappealing to flank the ridge to the south - there are steep slabs at this point that offer significant exposure - so I climbed along the ridge and dealt with the crusty snow. Along the ridge proper there is some exposure but nothing too scary for peak bagging enthusiasts. Poked around the summit looking for the summit register but never found one. Either it's gone or I need more practice finding hidden things.
After getting rained on during the approach up Noname Creek, we had to start late. We had intended to go up Peak Six, but missed a turn and ended up 200 feet higher and to the left/north of Jagged Pass along Peak Six's south ridge. Knowing nothing about the south ridge, we went up Leviathan instead. I'm not complaining, though; it was a fun mountain.
i thought we were climbing jagged today, but i couldn't find my partners' campsite. i went for leviathan, vallecito and UN 12,890 hoping to find them along the way. no such luck, but i found them post-hike and we made jagged plans for the following day.
Leviathan and then the traverse to Vallecito. Peak #16 of 31 on 10 day trip.
Views of Jagged were fantastic!
With Vallecito from our camp in Sunlight Creek. We went off to the left of the ridge and got into nasty loose terrain, close close to the ridge crest until the notch and the bypass is on more solid rock to the left. The upper ridge is really fun, similar to rock to the grenadiers.
Camped at 11,000 ft in Noname Basin and climbed Leviathan from Jagged Pass after summitting Jagged Mountain. The SW ridge is fun 3rd class scrambling. The only trick is to go left of a false summit near the top to avoid cliffing out. Starting down the SE ridge from near the summit is spooky - a short but steep and extremely exposed scramble on iffy-looking rock. We had a rope along and chose to do a short rappel instead. The rest of the ridge was fantastic scrambling on interesting blocky slabs. Leviathan is a hidden gem in my opinion.
We ended up getting cliffed out near the initial ridge crest & downclimbed 150-200ft around to a weakness in the cliff and climbed back up a scree gully till we got smart and headed out onto the SE Face where the rock is stable. Surprisingly enjoyable mountain!
Sixth day of an eight day trip.
From Jagged Mountain. 31 hours roundtrip from Beartown Trailhead.