North Ridge

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California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Less than two hours
Easy Class 3 in spots
Rock Difficulty:
Class 3

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Created On: Oct 13, 2006
Last Edited On: Oct 23, 2008


From McGee pass, take the obvious north ridge line up the mountain.If you come from Big McGee or Little McGee Lake, the mountain on your left once you are at the top of McGee pass is Peak 12,418.To the right is Red Slate mountain. So head up the left, follow this ridge line up to the summit. There is some exposure if one stays on the ridge crest, to the climbers left is a drop off of over 1000 vertical feet, and to the right is a rocky red slate scree field that wouldn't be good to fall down either. Scramble up and take the ridgeline until you gain the summit. Descend the same way.

Getting There

California US 395- Near Lake Crowley, Take the McGee Creek Trail up to McGee Pass, which is 7 miles from the trailhead.

Route Description

Class 1 to McGee Pass. The snowfield before the pass may require crampons depending on temps and conditions.From the pass, it is a basic Class 2 scramble up semi-loose red slate, and Class 3 when gaining the ridge higher up. Continue on easy terrain to the summit.

Essential Gear

Summer ascents require nothing more that the basics, but I would recommend maybe some 4 point instep crampons for the snowfield.

Winter climbing is just that. Axe and crampons will be needed to gain the pass and climb the ridge.

North Ridge

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