Unmaintained trail, dificult to get to by any means. With a short section, it is easy to follow. This is the easiest way to bag Split Mountain. That doesn't mean that this is an easy trail. Besides, ascending fron the East means the Sun will torch the hikers the entire ascent, all the way to Red Lake and beyond.
Starts out hot and low in the desert and requires going through a lot of brush but makes it up to Red lake which is the second lake on the trail. There are great campsites and an awesome lake to swim in. There is a spring on the north end of the lake for water that seemed good to drink. Thats the start of the climb to the summit, lots of scree but not a hard climb.
The road got the best of me the first time but I was successfull the 2nd time around. Overnighted at Red Lake and summited the next morning. Perfect weather with beautiful views, I was lucky enough to have the mountain all to myself. I thought I was on the right trail on my way up to Red lake but found the real trail on my way down. If I didn't see it with my own eyes I would have never believed it started where it does.
No problems with road, albeit rough and jaggedy. Dayhiked from Red Lake trailhead, and wasted an hour and 500' elevation gain by getting off trail. Still made trip C2C 12 hrs. Class 3 chute was fun, still had snow so the right wall was the place to be. Hot. No skeeters.
We're doing Split in a couple weeks. Where did you get off trail, before Red Lake?
Great weather. Fun and challenging hike and solo climb over two days. Wondering if the last 50 ft or so from the east to get to the north slope is really class 2. Fun and challenging but pretty steep rock with all four limbs involved.
All in all, a fun route with some interesting variety to the summit of an impressively sharp 14er. Climbed with SMG.
Beautiful view from the top. Nice climb in the winter/spring.
This route takes a bit of work and patience with lose rock on the section that is said to be class 3. Going up high all the way to the nadir of the Split-Prater saddle before traversing left to the class 3 notch takes a lot less effort than taking a direct line through lose rock to the notch.
An awesome summer climb over two days. A warm up on Tinemaha, where AMS stopped me and thunderclaps stopped the others a meager few hundred feet short of the peak. A night to acclimate at Red Lake, one of the prettiest campsites ever (the established sites have windbreaks around them). A morning trip to Split via the standard dry season gap. A long hot slog back to a jeep with icy cold beer and watermelon, yes.
We took two days for the climb. We camped above the lake (mistake) and suffered an incredibly windy night in bivy sacks. We then cramponed up exhilaratingly steep snow (left of the normal route) to gain the north slope. I got somewhat lost on the descent and was later forced to ford a raging torrent. It was a strenuous two days.