Another “quick” 27-mile trip to tag Maclure via SE ridge. Quite fun when staying on ridge proper; found some Class 3+ moves along the way. Better views than Lyell.
Maclure is fairly straightforward, the first half is more of a boulder field and the top half has a more class three climbing on solid rock, with a few narrowish ledges thrown in. Sierra Club register box is bolted on summit.
Tough scramble up from the majestic Lyell-Maclure col, had to rope on the way down because it was so steep. Nice SPS emblem register on top.
Ascended SE ridge from the col after bagging Lyell. The rock was better than it looked from afar. I stayed on the top edge of the ridge for most of the scramble, and this was better (more enjoyable) than the class 2-3 ledges below.
I headed up the ridge from the col after climbing Lyell. Near the 'spiky' granite 'pinnacle' where the easy 2nd class ends, a use-trail forms and it even seemed to be well ducked for a while. Unfortunately, I couldn't resist the call of the ridge proper when the use-trail continued low and I don't know how the rest of the use-trail goes. The ridge proper was slightly loose but a fun and mellow scramble up and down.
Climbed the ridge from the Lyell-Maclure col. It took 45 minutes. This is actually a very nice scramble if you stay on the very crest of the ridge. It has nice exposure and nice moves. Difficulties are passed on the climber's right (North) side of the ridge. Most of the climb is class 2 with the occasional class 3 move on the higher reaches. Recommended if you have time after descending Lyell. The view of Yosemite is actually better from Maclure as you can see Half Dome.
Up from the col. An easy scramble to the top. Nice views of some rare California glaciers from the top!
Dayhike of Lyell & Maclure from Tuolumne Meadows. Maclure's east ridge is a really fun climb with solid Class 3 if you stay directly on the ridge. Cool views of Mt. Lyell from the summit.
Camped at 10,700 ft near Lyell Fork. Need a new pen in the register!
After Lyell from the Lyell-McClure col. Stayed on the ridge to avoid the ample snow.
With Chad and Maxim
Not as loose as it might appear, nice views of the glacier both north and south. Long slog home, though... ;-)
Camped near tree line along the Lyell Fork. Climbed Lyell and Maclure from the col.
Daytrip from Tuolomne. More fun and shorter than it looks. Trip report
Over from Lyell like most everyone. With Vitaliy and Max. Perfect conditions and views.
Found the route to be quite enjoyable and not as loose as expected. Inclement weather just held out for us.
16 hours in the tent on account of snow.
Overnight trip, cold and snowy. I wish I brought my skiis to descend the thousands of feet of untracked power on the Lyell Glacier!
Climbed the east ridge from the Lyell-Maclure col, with Samantha. Very broken, loose rock but not too steep. Took us about an hour each way from the col. Nice view of the summit plateau of Lyell, most of which we couldn't see from the Lyell glacier below.
I'm surprised there aren't any other TRs for this excellent route. Started in Yosemite Valley at Happy Isles, up past Merced Lake to Washburn Lake, then straight up the next creek, heading steeply ENE (beautiful cross-country segment past a hideaway waterfall and pool). Once up on top of the bench, it's more easy xc up to the pass NW of Maclure, where the climbing starts. 4th class on solid rock. I soloed it and was focused but not wigged out. A great climb. Worst part was on the hike back, returning down the upper trail (call it the "mule route") back to Merced Lake--like descending a cobblestone street for miles...hell on the knees. I'd suggest returning via Washburn Lake as well.