I went up there thinking I would ski from near the summit, but instead I was treated to whiteout conditions, snow, and strong winds. The warm spell a week or so ago messed up the east slopes for skiing, but I had a good time dropping down from about 12,400 feet. It even softened up around 11,500!
Got chased off the summit by approaching weather and got caught in a spectacular thunderstorm. Spent the next day drying out.
Nice snow climb from Bishop lake. Fun glissade back down
Sand climb from the Bishop Pass trail, with a little bit of scrambling near the summit. I decided that if I climbed this peak again, it would be as a traverse from Mt. Johnson.
On the positive side, the SE Slopes make a fine descent route!
Started up the sandy SE slope, but quickly turned to the direct ridgeline to avoid all the sand, which was taking a toll on my legs. The ridge is mostly solid, and ranges from class 2-3 depending on how difficult you want to make it. Beautiful day.
climbed it on our cross-country route across the sierra crest from Leconte canyon (along JMT) to saddlerock lake. hiking upto the ridge (to what Secor calls Goode Pass) from the west is steep. staying close to the actual ridge is an interesting scramble, especially with a fully loaded backpack.
Great route and a great choice for my first "true" car to car Sierra route.
A beautiful climb for Father's Day with my dad.
As part of a ski tour around the Palisades.
Bivied at Saddlerock Lake, then skied with gear into the bowl south of Goode, dumped packs, and climbed up. Used crampons--snow was still hard. The ski down was horrible--neve penitente sun cups abounded and the snow never seemed to soften much. The end of a weather-weird winter.
The biggest challenge was the 40 plus degree couloir we used to cross to the western side of the Sierra later that day.
Would be a great workout/peak bag in the summer. North side looked like a good mid-grade technical challenge as well.
Headed up to the bowl with Mt. Goode to the right. Had heard a lot of stories about people climbing the wrong peak. I was sure to be cautious. Got lazy and decided to just go straight up the slopes for the summit. This worked out great, with the climbing being very simple. Great views from the top and a good side trip to our backpacking trip.
Dayhiked from the Bishop Pass trailhead. Took about 4 hours to reach the summit from the trailhead. Lots of sand and gravel on the Southeast slope. The summit area and the vertical drop on the North side is pretty impressive. The views from this peak are awesome. It will take some time for me to figure out all the names of the peaks I photographed. Weather was cold in the morning (40 deg) but great during the day (70+ deg F). I'll definitely have to do this one again someday.
This was a fun climb! There was still lots of snow and it was very warm. Epic views!!
A very enjoyable climb. Seems the North Buttress is the more popular route, so I may have to try that next time. I resent the label "death march" for our Williamson climb the next day. If anything, "death climb" is more appropriate. :)
Mt. Goode was a warm-up hike before the Mt. Williamson death-march the next day. I learned once more, that if you don't bring a map and you leave the trail, you can get lost. We first climbed Peak 12,916 by mistake. It doesn't make me feel any better, but this is a common enough mistake that Peak 12,916 is informally known as Mt. "No Goode". Anyway, the real Mt. Goode was an enjoyable 1/2 mile traverse to the north over solid second and third-class rock. Mt. Goode has a small summit (as do all proper mountains) and great views of the back side of the Palisades.