Solo from Saddlebag Lake
We hiked up from Sawmill. The weather threatened all day, but held save a few sprinkles.
Fun route, approached over North Peak Pass from Saddlebag Lake. A good route for a solo if you're comfortable at the grade, seems like every other log entry on the summit said "FREE SOLO!!!" but that's what you get in Yosemite I guess.
Climbed with a team of 8 from Sierra mountaineering club. This was a practice climb to get the team ready for a climb in the Cascades. Great rock and a fun day.
Maybe I remember it differently since I was a little newer to moderate scrambles, but I prefer the North Ridge to the West Ridge. Smoke was starting to get bad.
Started the day before out of Tuolomne Meadows, hiked and camped at Young Lakes. Hiked out of the Young Lakes bowl area and onto the granite talus field up to the summit plateau. There was a faint trail on the granite talus, but it was very steep. Two steps forward, one step back. From there I could see the summit, had to hike over a couple of snowfields to get to the base of the last climb to the top. This part on the south face was short, only gained about 400', but somewhat technical and scary in parts. There was somewhat of a staircase that I could follow part of the time. But it ended up being a great hike and I made it to the top in about 3 hours from Young Lakes.
Brought a rope for rappelling the second tower but ended up down-climbing, instead.
A good day on a good climb with the good company.
(And YES!!! After so many years, I finally made my way up via the North Ridge!!!!!!!!)
Via the N-ridge.
Soloed from Saddlebag Lake. Gene took rest day.
From Sawmill Campground. I prefer off-trail hiking, much more stimulating. This offers a decent amount of that, and the summit block offered the right amount of exposure for a chickensh!t like me. Kind of stands alone, most of the other big peaks were quite a ways away...a different perspective from the top.
Great climb. Started at Saddlebag campground, and went up the South-East ridge to the Summit. Returned via the same route.
Couldnt have had better weather.
Climbed with Jon Berry
Climbed the East Ridge from Saddlebag, including the "East Buttress." Some of the chutes up the buttress seemed to end in Class 4 or 5 climbing--or, at least the chute I climbed up did. But I was able to traverse through a notch out of the chute and into another to keep it Class 3. The ridge to the summit was pretty thrilling too.
I agree with some other people here that patrons of this route should climb the ridge directly from Saddlebag instead of trying to traverse around the lower contours to the base of the East Buttress. That was very tedious and somewhat unpleasant.
beautiful views, fun route. With pBerg and 5 others.
I went into a Mt. Conness trip as a bit of an afterthought, not really thinking much of it aside from it being just another Yosemite/Sierra peak. But wow, I absolutely loved it. It is a phenomenal choice for a midrange day hike out of Tuolumne, much better than Dana or the other popular ones. It has great views, exciting exposure, some glissading options, and the last 300-400ft of exposed scrambling was a blast! I’d consider it more of a Class 2 with significant exposure; for example, on the left and right may be a 40-200ft drop off, but ahead of you you’ve got a good 1-3ft wide line of boulders to scramble on. I dunno. It was enough to make me take deliberate steps/holds but not enough to trigger panic. Trip report/GPX Track
One of the best summits I have ever been on top of. Great class 2 section to the top. Mosquitos were terrible until almost 12,000 feet in elevation but totally worth it.
Beautiful area and great views from the top.
Took the east ridge from Saddlebag Lake. Some nice scrambling on solid sparkling granite.
Loved the rock on this route; lots of variation. Descended via the leftmost snow couloir; had to negotiate a bergshrund down below. Recommended.
Started at Saddlebag TH but missed the trail going to the left from the dam and went around to the right, so went up the East Ridge from Conness Lakes. I followed the ridge until I reached a spot that was too scarey for me to do alone so bailed down a chimney to the south and then traversed across the rocks to connect with the normal route up the scree and rocks back up to the ridge and then across to the summit. Loved the cool rocky trail on the final summit climb!