Thanks for noting my mistake on the term "chute". I will make the corrections immediately. This mountain is not "officially" named on any maps so there are actually many nicknames for the mountain. I have talked to a lot of the locals in the eastern sierra and most of them have referred to the mountain as slide mountain due to its unusually high avalanche danger. Ive actually only talked to one person who's reffered to it as pointless peak, so I wonder if R.J Secor made it up.
Thanks for adding the page on a good but relatively unknown peak. The reference to pointless peak can be found not only in Secor's book, but also in John Moynier's "Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra", which is the definitive book on bc ski descents and crest tours in the eastern sierra. John's been skiing this area of the sierra for too many years to count, and if you read Secor you'll also see he boasts numerous first winter ascents in the Rock Creek and other areas. Probably from reading Moynier's book, all of my friends call this peak "Pointless Peak", although I have heard it called mono mesa once or twice. FWIW, i've never heard it called slide mountain. I only clicked on this page b/c i thought it was the "slide mountain" up near the sawtooth ridge in yosemite.
And while you are correct that there can be serious avy danger on the east chutes of Pointless, i would recommend that the peak be climbed in winter (taking care, obviously, in high avy conditions). The snow makes for an easier ascent, and the skiing down the hill to Rock Creek is awesome.
The Mt. Starr avalanche gullies can be seen on this page from a trip back at the beginning of March.
This is the peak Secor calls "Pointless Peak." He also mentions that it has been called Mono Mesa. Do you know where the name Slide Mtn originated, or who uses it?
Lat/Lon: 37.4612 / -118.7533
Spelling note: "shoot" in several places should be spelled "chute"
Hey Justin, its Eric. Very nice page, we should head up to Slide Mt and Mt Starr sometime. Try adding these coordinates in under Long/Lat on the edit page
Lat 37.4612 and Long -118.7534
That will give your page a link to Topozone maps and allow all people to see where the Mt is located. Peace bro.
I suggest parking where the creek goes under RC road then walking south to the corral sign, make a right and walk west to the back of the corral and find the trail heading out. Dodge the horse x#@T as you make your way south looking to the right 100' to 300' for the use trail that leads to the base of Pointless Pk with no bushwhacking.
I think Secor is wrong about a class 1 rt I looked, all class 2 and 3.
The chute to the far left on the east side is 30deg to 40deg+