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!
Thankful to do this on a day with absolutely glorious weather and with a fun group of people, one of whom knew the route. The third class bit at the top was very fun and the views are spectacular! Highly recommend as a very reasonable non-technical route.
Repeat of my original climb 13 years ago, under condition of a light snow cover with Mike Chen. Just as I remembered, very enjoyable scrambling with hardly any loose rock, each twist and turn of the route reveal dramatic scenery. This is a true classic.
Great weather. Got a bit off track, but made for a more fun day. With gaby and dan.
With Laura M and Tom G. Threw in North Peak from the saddle.
Simul climbed most of the 5.6 part with Oleg. 18 hours RT, lost trail on the way back about a million times.
Hiked with Jean. It is my 2nd time. Very enjoyable route-finding, scramble and climb. Solid rocks.
Fun scrambling and one of my favorite summits!! Next time, it'd be from the North Ridge... and West Ridge!
My first scramble was a lot of fun, had some route finding issues and had to backtrack a couple of times but really liked the scrambling aspect. Final few hundred feet were very enjoyable.
Linked the North Ridge of Mt. Conness with the NW Ridge of North Peak. Great day!
I hiked Conness, up the walkoff described in the supertopo guide. Starting at the Saddlebag Lake parking, then walking the trail out past the Carnegie Institute. NOT past Alpine lake, we went to the low point on the ridge between White Mountain and Conness.
If anyone happened to find a Canon A720 in a black leather bag, with a red climbing sling attached to it, I would really appreciate getting it back.
Easy and fun dayhike starting from Sawmill Campground via Alpine Lake.
Fantastic 18 hour day camp site to camp site.
Awesome peak. Climbed as a combination with White Mountain. Virtually no snow in 2012.
Sierra Challenge 2012 Day 1. Hiked to far on the really nice trail and ended up one basin too far west. A beautiful day so the extra mileage, gain, and loss didn't matter.
Reminiscing from my ashram in the Himalayas. When I was a young and foolish man, I solo freeclimbed the vertical East face of the South ridge (West of Alpine Lake) at the head of Timberline Valley (Hall Natural Area) just West of Saddlebag Lake. I was visiting my friend ornithologist Dr Dave Desante and his research crew of whacky twitchers at the Carnegie Institute cabin in the Hall Natural Area just under Mount Conness. One day I wandered up to the headwall. A vertical chute 3 to 8 feet wide and as deep (as I recall) runs about 1000 feet staight up the vertical cirque headwall to the South ridge. It looked very enticing with nice cracks galore so I climbed on. After 20 feet of course, no going back--free climb on or free fall off. Mad skillz required--fist, elbow, knee, finger, body jams de rigour for the duration. I remember with particular vividness a lay-back body jam, to an ankle jam, to a finger jam, to a fist jam, to a short rest on a 5 inch wide ledge. So on for a thousand feet, straight up and stoned (why else would anybody do such a thing). Not for the faint-hearted, the rational or the married-with-children. But what a grand feeling to be on horizontal stone again, at ease with gravity and on top of the world!
A long time brewing, this one. It was worth the wait. Adventurous yet easy climbing in such a dramatic position made for a really enjoyable voyage.
Started out at Lembert Dome towards Young Lakes. Only had about a minute up top due to the impending thunderstorms.
Solo, very enjoyable.
Awesome route, I want to come back for the West Ridge, Perfect weather.