Took the PCT then the Raymond Lake trail up to Raymond Lake, then up the very steep slope to the peak, snow in the chutes were a bit iffy due to the steepness, would recommend waiting until later in summer for a cleaner ascent. Had some trouble finding the high point among the rock spires. Advice for future attempts - just aim towards the left as heading up from the lake to avoid needless scrambling over the ridge towers. TR is HERE.
Started at the big meadow in Indian Valley at 10AM and headed E toward Reynolds, working into the basin W of the peak, featuring open terrain, some forest, and windy stream chasms. Worked up to the notch N of Reynolds just N of a thumb rock. Dog stayed while I scrambled up the the summit and returned (class 3). We then descended W and contoured N to the pass at the head of Pennsylvania Creek, and then descended to the base of Raymond's SE slope and went up that, went over to the W side and up to Raymond, crossing back over the ridge higher up then to the summit (not quite class 3 -- dog was happy.) We descended back S to where we first topped the ridge, then descended the basin to the W until meeting the Crest Trail, returning the the Wet Meadows TH, and walking the road back to truck, arriving 4PM.
Left from Lower Sunset Lake. Followed the PCT to the turnoff for Raymond Lake and climbed from there. My dog made the summit also. Plenty of clouds made for a nice day of climbing.
Took the PCT south (east) from the Sunset Lake road junction to Raymond Lake and then climbed the slope above the lake.
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Views were upset by east side fires. Descended west face (very loose!). Water in Raymond Lake taste like shit.
Very nice dayhike, nearly complete snow-free in November! Ascended the SW Ridge from Wet Meadows and descended one of the chutes on the West face. Interesting lenticulars were forming as we left the Hope Valley, maybe winter finally arrived!
Up the S.W. face and then down to Raymond lake and out on the PCT to the trailhead at Sunset lake. This was a fine day in the Mokelumne Wilderness
Climbed the loose W. face with three others. Descended the even looser SE. face/chute back to the PCT. A long day that probably didn't need to have been that long (originally planning on Reynolds also)
Walked up from Raymond Lake. What is all of this about class 2/3 scrambling? The route I took was mostly class 1, with a little easy class 2 at the end.
When reminiscing, we refer to the Mokolumne Wilderness as the Smokey Wilderness because of our experience here. Climbed Camiaca Peak the day before and woke up in the back country the next day to very thick smoke from a fire to the east. It was pretty thick and alarming, so we headed out. Glad we saw the beautiful scenery on the way in.
Ascended the west face and descended to loose, steep SE face to the PCT.
Didn't reach the summit, but had a great day anyway. Read my trip report.
A very fine day of hiking and climbing from Ebbetts Pass to Reynolds and Raymond Peaks. Trip Report