Via Silliman Creek, the friction slabs, and Silliman Lake. An early winter storm about 1 week before my trip left things snowy and glorious. The gully was a little too steep to hike without crampons so I climbed the easy class 2 south slope to the summit ridge. Down-climbing the friction slabs was somewhat slow-going since all the rock was wet with snowmelt. Between the cross-country approach, 2,000 feet of sustained climbing on granite friction slabs, remote alpine lakes, and class 2 summit push this trip was a blast!
Three feet of snow two days before the hike made it imposible for us to even get close to granit slabs... This was my 2nd attempt. The first attempt was on November 6th, but the weather suddenly changed and went all bad. While I was going up the granit slabs half of an inch of slush accumulated on the granit slabs which was just pure joy going down!
Planning to do a 3rd and hopefully last attempt in September
Beautiful solo day hike from Lodgepole Campground. Followed the standard trail up towards Twin Lakes to about 7,500' where the trail crosses Silliman Creek. Followed a use trail up to the friction slabs, then up to Silliman Lake. Had lunch, then up to unnamed lake at 10,400'. From here straight up tp summit. Beautiful views. Next Silliman summit will be across the tablelands from Moose Lake.
Hauled the skis up with Tom Becht, Jim Freeman, Erin Carper, and Jon Barbour. My first ski descent of a Sierra peak, and perfect corn conditions!!
Great day trip
Great spring outing from Lodgepole, spent the night at Silliman Lake.
Snowshoed up from Lodgepole, snowcamped at 9300'.
Beautiful weather, great views. Summit register needs a new notebook.
Also did this one in December 2005.
May 09, 2009
When you reach your turn around time... you've reached your turn around time. Exhaustion after 7 hours up meant that last 150' was not going to happen. At least I have an excuse to go back now.
UPDATE May 11, 2010
Well, I went back. Took a buddy too. We made on a prefectly epic day. 6.5 hours to the top. Great views.
Was on a trek with Boy Scouts, and I hiked from Twin Lakes right to the foot of Silliman at Little Lakes and took pictures of the route to show to the leaders to see if they would let me hike it.... and they said no... What a mountain, I will be back.
I climbed Mt. Silliman solo via south slope starting from Wuksachi Lodge. It was a great day moving on generally nice snow conditions. The views to the big mountains to the east were impressive.
2nd attempt, and it was much easier than the first! Teamed up with two friends and Vladislav. Great day. Discontinuous snow in the woods, we went up the exposed slabs and down the snow in great standing glissades.
Nice spring outing almost entirely on snow. Trip Report
Beautiful hike in. Nice bivy by the lake. Summit in the morning. A must for Sequoia climbers/hikers.
Was told by a ranger to continue the (very buggy) trail past the Silliman Lake valley to the valley that contains the Little Lakes and approach Silliman from there. Got up the glacier chute to the ridge but ran out of both ridge and time (would have to go down to go up, and I gave up). Returned down the Silliman lake valley. Beatiful primeval place.
Made it up with nice folks from the Sierra Club. Couldn't have done it without them.
A great time hiking the use trail and slabs up from Lodgepole with Sridhar of the Sierra Club and friends (including HikingBoots!). Silliman Lake offered a refreshing swim after the sunny climb from below. Took the southwest slope up from the nameless lake, which led to more boulders than the usual route (which we took down). Amazing views of the Sierra and beyond every direction. Swimmers' laughter echoed up from Little Lakes, where we could see their tents far below.
This peak launched a two-day cross country ring around the Tokopah valley, east to the Tablelands, then south to Alta Peak before returning to Lodgepole. Didn't feel good about crossing the ridge of Silliman's neighbor with full packs on, so we descended the northernmost gully (class 2 with a single class 3 move) from Silliman's southeast col to the cirque above Crescent Lake. From there it was on to the lower Tablelands, slowly but surely over seldom-trodden rock.
People say silliman is a winter peak, but we took a group of beginner in the middle of the summer. We took some time on the slabs, but everyone made it safely. Ranger told me no camping along the silliman creek, so we had to go all the way to silliman lake to camp. It was very scenic by the lake though.
Fun, easy climb with nice views. Found some friends listed in the summit register from just two days before.
Beautiful overnight hike from Lodgepole. Amazing spring conditions with solid snow and a the lake still mostly frozen. A beautiful trip!
Nice way to spend the day - got pretty hot there on the slabs. Great (and windy!) views on top. CLEAR day - saw the coast range for once.