Mount Tom Climber's Log

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bcd - Jan 22, 2008 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008

mt tom  Sucess!

mt tom


lefty - Sep 18, 2007 12:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

West slope  Sucess!

Slog above the mine, but nice views of Owens Valley.


derbilly - Aug 21, 2007 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

From Horton Lakes  Sucess!

An unenjoyable scramble up mostly loose scree from the mine. Great views partially compensated for the slog.

mlarkin2002 - Oct 10, 2006 1:50 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2005

Dayhike from Horton TH  Sucess!

Climbed a year ago. The only thing I have written in my notes is "really loose sucky scree". The views were nice, but I'm not sure I'm in a hurry to go back.


thedus - Sep 11, 2006 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006

Horton Lakes - Tungstar Mine  Sucess!

Robin and I actually got an early start for this one - mainly to ensure we got back in time for chinese food. Nice long dayhike. The views from the top were slightly sullied by a thick haze, but were impressive nonetheless.

cottersnow - Nov 18, 2005 9:16 pm

Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: 11- 10 to 12 05  Sucess!

Done over three days. Nice slog. Nice Bivy.


Langenbacher - Oct 25, 2005 3:40 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!

On an SPS trip with 8 others. See my pictures at


tdoughty - Oct 17, 2005 5:22 pm

Route Climbed: horton lake Date Climbed: march 2005  Sucess!

nice ski descent


bennovak - Sep 26, 2005 3:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: September 24 2005  Sucess!

Nice walk filled with some historical interest. The climb from the mine is really crappy scree and loose talus.


ChuckO - Jul 7, 2005 3:18 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes Date Climbed: 25jun05  Sucess!

Challenging day. Used crampon for a 500 vertical foot section on the way up, and glissaded about 1200 vertical feet on the way down. Talus tip-toeing and class 3 sections caused me to continuously repeat to my self, "patience"! Slow and steady made this climb work for me. Climbed solo, saw one other party. On the way down found I had moved to far South was dropping into the South face with it's exposed gullies - had to climb back up and north to regain the S.W. ridge.


SkydiveKen - Jul 4, 2005 2:06 am Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2005

Route Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: April 23 2005

Perfect conditions turned around at 12,500' because of time.

marmoting - Apr 28, 2005 11:01 pm

Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!

Dayhiked up north ridge on snow most of the way. Made huge mistake not bringing snowshoes- postholed up to armpits on way back down. Live and learn.


bechtt - Mar 12, 2005 2:32 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes Date Climbed: Sep 92  Sucess!

Liked the climb -- if only to see the remains of the Tungstar Mine

cottersnow - Feb 28, 2005 10:17 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes; Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: 2003-2004  Sucess!

Both are entertaining hikes, but the riding in Elderberry Canyon is the best of all. Go early and get good snow. Both routes are way doable in a day by a fit person and it doesn't feel like all the verticle it's hyped up to be ; unless you're riding good snow the whole way down......

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Nov 21, 2004 8:53 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes (Tungstar Mine) Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004  Sucess!

Really not as bad a slog as I'd expected, with superb views at the top.


dshoshone - Oct 6, 2004 6:23 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lks-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: Oct 10-2003

Actually ran into two other groups climbing the same day. 3x


stoneman5 - Sep 13, 2004 7:37 pm

Route Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: March, 2004

Snow and weather conditions prevented skiing from the ridge proper, but got a nice run in anyway from the bottom of the amphitheater below the bowl. Really nice, beautiful, huge canyon.


RSN473 - Mar 4, 2004 6:31 pm

Route Climbed: From Horton Lakes Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!

Climb was a bit of a slog - spirits were buoyed when I discovered 8-10 beers that had been left behind in snowbank near camp. After confirming that they were abandoned , a nearby neighbor and I enjoyed the brew. we packed the empties out the next day - sometimes "leave no trace" has it's rewards.


crag - Jan 23, 2004 1:05 pm

Route Climbed: Horton Lakes-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: April 1999  Sucess!

Hit the snow line at around 8,000'. Spent the night at 10,000'. Too windy to set up tent or cook dinner. Had a pretty good case of AMS going in the morning but decided to go up anyway. Hid behind a large exposed rock to cut through the overhanging cornice. Then the long slog to the summit. The snow had softened up considerably by the time I came down again. I slipped passing back down through the cornice and my ice axe self-belay pulled through the soft snow. I fell about 10 feet into the soft snow right below the cornice and started sliding down the gentle slope. Snow was way too soft for effective self-arrest but I did manage to slow down quite a bit and eventually came to a complete stop right at the edge of an exposed talus pile. Good glissades the rest of the way down. Great view but definitely a slog.

mtnfoto - Jan 20, 2004 1:09 pm

Route Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: April 2000  Sucess!

One of the great ski descents in the Sierra!

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