Some intermittent dry patches between so-so skiing. But still a great outing in perfect weather
What started out as a pretty casual morning scramble turned into an early afternoon full speed fleeing of a storm
A straightforward route from the lake. Lots of bugs at the lake and the trail was more of a creek after the big winter. Fantastic views from the summit though! Some of the best around.
Approach from Francis Lake, saw some rockfall and avalanche.
Dayhike from Rock Creek lake via Francis lake, great weather and amazing views
A great, adventurous way to climb this peak. Outstanding views.
Day hike via Francis Lake from Rock Creek. I was almost back at the Lake when thunder started rumbling. Not too long after that the flood gates opened and all hell broke loose. Luckily I was back in the trees; I did get soaked but no biggie on a warm August day :)
Not the adventure I was expecting after reading up on it. Took a wide, loose chute directly from the summit to just north of Chickenfoot Lake.
Sierra Challenge Day
Fun, pretty easy hike for such a tall peak. Went over to 12 Flags after but turned around just short of the summit at a really loose section, wasn't sure if it would get any better, should have researched better first...trip report is HERE
A long trek via the ridge for my altitude-inept self. Was so happy to finally get to Morgan, only to find out that what you see from the ridge the whole time is a false summit.
Outstanding views on a clear day. Going down the west face (about a 3rd of a way down the ridge) was just awful though.
Day 2 of SC13. Hung out on the summit for a while with a large group. Hit Twelve Flags on the way out.
From Morgan Pass. Decent scramble, Class 2-4.
Nice hike and fantastic views
maintained a nice pace up and didn't get sick, was very happy with that. Great views from the summit. Added in Twelve Flags after, then busted my ankle on the way down :(
Hiked this with Ambret. Stunning views of Little Lakes Valley and the many peaks that line it.
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.