Climbed up 2 60-meter pitches of the Mescalito Regular Route. We didn't know we were supposed to take a right at that point so we kept going up. There were a lot of bail rap stations along the way. We found out why midway up the third pitch. The moves were 5.10a/b on cruddy sandstone. Awesome climb nonetheless. We reached the summit an hour before sundown. We were able to see the cairns all the way to the rap station on the northern descent.
Awesome climb via the North Fork. The route finding is made simple with excellent cairnage.
Came down the South Fork and it was a different situation. Twice now I've had difficulty descending via this route -- maybe it's just me. The cairns are sparse, and in at least one case, some genius cairned a route from the top of one of the technical routes. It's close enough to the South Fork route that you can easily end up following that route down instead, where you'll cliff out and have to turn around.
I've heard there is a "sneak route" that descends off the South side much sooner than the normal route, so perhaps the cairns were for that. I ascended via the South so I had the benefit of knowing where I'd come from.
Such an awesome summit to behold. Views of the pine creek drainage basin in every direction were incredible
Came up from the south; descended down the north. With Bob and Patrick
From Pine Creek, through South Fork, then to Mescalito canyon, then up. Retraced steps to descend. Tricky route-finding once I left the canyon up to the saddle, but there are a lot of options that all seem to go, and tons of cairns.
Via Cat in the Hat. Descended by rappel.
Lovely climb, amazing rock, great scenery.
04/10/13 Summited via Cat in the Hat for beta on how to rap when we climb Dark Shadow in the future.
Joined a speedy group as we did the hike up one side and down the other. Great climb
Made a loop hike up the Fern Canyon and down the South Pine Creek Canyon with Branch Whitney.
7.25 mile & 2,600 ft total elevation gain.
My Trip Photo Album
Great Hike !!
with Andy, Emily, and Jen
I've climbed Cat in the Hat twice, but never gone to the summit of Mescalito. The first time was a bit more involved, as my partner and I had no idea what we were really doing.
The second time was a quick jaunt with SP member dunsum after we finished up Olive Oil and had some spare time in the afternoon.
What an impressive massif!
PREFER THE LOOP ROUTE UP FERN CRK AND BACK PINE CRK
ALSO CLIMBED: 1/13/02, 12/7/02, 1/16/04(WITH WIFE), 1/16/05, 5/16/10, 3/6/11, 11/27/11(Pat & Brock), 2/6/13, 11/2/13, 2/8/14, 5/18/14, 12/21/14, 3/12/16, 11/26/17
Most memorable was a unique downclimb with the Siberian, Doc F, and Branch W.
Stunningly great introduction to Red Rocks.
Fun easy climb. Great views. Got on the climb in the afternoon and had a great rap in the dark.
One of my favorite class 3 scrambles in Red Rock. We climbed up via Fern Canyon (North Fork of Pine Creek) and descended via Mescalito Fork and the South Fork of Pine Creek.
The slideshow is here: Mescalito Loop
Headed out to Vegas just for one day to catch the Sisters of Mercy, and squeezed in a climb with Donnie before the show. A bit chilly in the shade, but nice in the sun... and consistently excellent rock and wonderful views. Steep, but good holds everywhere. Great fun.
Ran out of time to tag the summit, so we ended up rapping the route.