I missed the use trail up the sandy slopes near Francis Lake, thus was subject to needless boulder hopping. Cool summit.
Summitted with Ruvicha. Great trail to Francis Lake. From there, some trail but lots of boulder-hopping to and up the northwest ridge. Nice views of Little Lakes Valley, Starr, Dade, Abbott and Mills plus countless others. A long day for us but definitely worth it.
Took standard approach from Rock Creek Lake. Good trail to Francis Lake, then fairly easy cross-country to the main ridge. Class 1 boulder-hop from there, class 2 scramble right below summit. Great views across Little Lakes Valley and beyond. Smoke from Aspen Fire was drifting in from the west, so we didn't linger too long. Decided to tag nearby Twelve Flags (did not know name at the time) on the way back.
My first and only day on the Challenge. Met lots of cool new people. Also headed over to Twelve Flags afterwards.
day-hiked with Jean. Sunny day in the morning and possible T storm in the afternoon.
For day 2 of the Sierra Challenge, along with 12 Flags, Broken Finger, and Adamson Point. Trip report.
Nice long Class 3/4 scramble from LLP. Climbed Morgan summit block from south side, that sure felt 5th Class to me! Descent down to Hidden Lakes was a nightmare of scree, tallus, and 4th/5th Class down climbing - not so cool when solo.
From Little Lakes valley with Jon G. Do not go up this way as the rock near the top of the chutes is really loose.
We got to Rock Creek Lake just before dark and missed the trailhead on the way in. We drove all the way to the end of the road and camped there near the outhouse, but no one knew where the TH was. In the morning I checked Goggle Maps and saw that the TH was before that so we walked back and found it. Then we somehow missed the sign and trail to Francis Lake, which we realized when we got to the Dorothy Lake junction sign. After backtracking and finding the correct trail it was an easy and uneventful hike to the summit, mostly able to follow the use trail all the way up.
A last minute decision to dayhike this peak with minimal beta, but ended up great. Unacclimated so moving slowly, but the route was excellent - fun and easy. The trick was skipping the Francis drainage and moving straight up the ridge and sand. Coming down was fast and fun in the sand. Amazing views, great day. No register though. :(
Three of us left the trailhead around 8:00am and got to the summit just before Noon. Intermittent rain and storm clouds appeared just as we started to descend from the summit. Then just as we got back in the car at the trailhead, torrential rains started.
2nd try and we made it!
Not sure the exact year but climbed this with brother Jon
A bit less than five hours to the top from the Tamarack Lake trailhead near Rock Creek Lake (or 3.5 hours from Francis Lake).
Almost no boulder hopping if you find a proper route. I followed Harry Langenbacher's advice. Three hours back to the trailhead. Incredible views! Both the register and its container are stolen.
A brief trip report is available.
Decided on Morgan after canceling Middle Pal plans. Dayhiked with Tang. Tremendous views on the ridge and summit.
My first Sierra peak. This is what got me hooked on climbing mountains! From Kenneth Lake.
The boulder-hopping got tedious after a while, but otherwise a perfect day in the mountains. Spectacular summit views.
Very high summit, great view of many distant peaks, perfect weather, good access (if you know how to avoid the boulder fields and loose talus). A great way to spend a Sunday with my brother.
Didn't see anyone all day, except for three bighorn sheep. Great views. Much, much more rock than I thought though. Advise maybe doing this early season when there is snow, avoid some of the nasty boulder fields.
views from the top. Will definitely be back in the winter with my splitboard!