We made it as far as an elevation of 12,000' which was a few hundred feet below "the notch" that we had learned is where you gain access to the plateau, but we had to turn back because of the ominous clouds forming. I'll try again next year.
Such a great, classic alpine climb. Pure joy. Had the entire route to ourselves on a marvelous Saturday, what a treat! Continued on to White Mtn afterwards. With Carson.
From Sawmill campground. Snow on the ground slowed me down.
Nice moderate hike from Sawmill Walk-In Campground. The last part of the summit ridge was surprisingly fun.
Solo hike. Final scramble was not hard, but narrow in spots. Super views.
Camped near Steelhead Lake. Straight forward scramble. Beautiful views of North Peak and Yosemite.
Well, as much as I dislike recording an unsuccessful attempt I must do so. Unfortunately my hiking partner (18 year old son) experienced AMS at 11k with decent spells of vomiting/nausea. In the interest of safety and against his wishes I turned us around. In all fairness, he had not been at altitude since summiting Mt. Dana on July 18, 2020 but we rushed up from sea level to give it a shot.
As for the hike, it was perfect with very light winds and about 16 hours before the first winter weather system of the year. We only saw 3 other very nice people on the trail on our way back down.
We made it about half way up the first rise on the West ridge climbing route and it was just starting to get fun!
We will be back in 2021.
Stellar climb of the breezy exposed west ridge in approach shoes. No stress wherever the 5.6 portions were. :) Kevin bled on the rock, too.
Hiked up North Peak the day before and scouted the obvious granite ramp that goes from between the first two Conness Lakes to a saddle on the east ridge west of the East Buttress. Next morning we followed it up (class 2 with options for 3), tagged the buttress, then dropped down a bit on the south side of the east ridge to follow the class 2 route to the notch. The direct ridgeline from the saddle looked class 3 with a number of pinnacles and somewhat time-consuming. From the notch it's pretty much a walk up until the final moves, which are easy class 3. Descended via Alpine lake (beautiful) on often faint use trail.
Overall, this is class 2 with a handful of class 3 moves, but you can always find class 3 options nearby. A good peak for groups of mixed abilities.
Brought I rope up the N Ridge 'cuz I were scared! But it was chill.
Walked up from the east. A full day. There’s a little exposure but this is at most difficult points an easy Class III.
Beautiful and lonely
Another lost summit log entry for me...
Hiked via the Alpine Lake route. Some of the best views in this region of the Sierra Nevada!
After hiking Half Dome a couple days before, I took a bus up to Tuolumne Meadows and met up with a friend. We backpacked to Young Lakes and did a day hike to Conness. Lots of scree, and there was at least one move close to the summit was scary, but my friend talked me through it. I was so glad to make it. This peak probably got me addicted to peakbagging. Fun boot ski on the way down. Not a lot of people coming from Young Lakes, but chatted with some friendly folks at the summit.
Climbed Mt. Conness on 9/14/2008 with my wife and several friends. This was a very fun hike as we followed no official trail, just route-finding. We gained the ridge a ways south of the peak and then followed the tableland to the knife-edge that leads tot he true summit and descended the same way.
Great climb via the east ridge with perfect weather.
Hiked up from the Saw Mill trailhead through Alpine Lake on a hazy but otherwise beautiful day. Met a group from the SoCal Sierra Club on the summit.
Since I wasn't clear which way to go from Saddlebag Lake, I started from Sawmill Campground, a mile down the road. Nice hike but veru windy and cold on the North side and summit.