Ascended the gully between Castle Rock and Red Lake Peak then descended the Southwest Ridge. Nice little half day hike with a fun scamble to the top for rewarding views of Round Top, Tahoe, Desolation and so forth. Can't wait to ski it next season.
perfect weather for a hike/climb up. Snow is compactifying after more than a week w/o precipitation. started off from trailhead at 9:45am, summitted at 12:30pm. my first solo winter ascent
I was inexperienced and a bit blind and went up towards the wrong false summit, (to the highpoint southwest of the 'real' false summit) b4 realizing my mistake. Climbed up the summit crag from the east. As this novice climber realized, climbing down the crag is more difficult than climbing up.
It's fun climbing the knobby conglomerate. We encountered some coyotes on the way down.
I climbed this peak solo 3 times (twice in winter) its fun, straight forward, with amazing views of Round Top, Hope Valley, Lake Tahoe, Mice Lake, Cables lake. A beautiful winter playground in this backcountry. Oh yes, windy.
Fun hike with a small but fun summit crag. Highly recommend traverse to Steven's Peak. Descent was straight down from Steven's Peak to hjghway, followed by a short hitch-hike back to car.
With a fresh layer of snow, Joel and I headed straight out of the parking lot toward the summit. Our route was actually pretty much parallel to the ridge but below it until the large crag a bit below and south of the false summit. Ditched the snow shoes as most of the snow up here had been blown off. Make sure you not only get the parking permit but dispaly it. I had mine but forgot to put it on the dash (how stupid) and now have the $75 ticket. I will be fighting it. Was able to send in a copy of my permit and $10 and all is forgiven
An easy climb from Carson Pass, climbed this after climbing Round Top earlier in the day. Trip Report
In 2005 did a traverse from Carson Pass to Luther Pass with Matthew. Nice spring day. Trip Report
Very fun climb. First time, I climbed the face of the summit block directly--good holds and great fun. The second time I climbed it with Bob in a driving snowstorm; we found Yamagata's gully and tagged the summit the easy way.
The third time was with Bob again; this time, we traversed from Carson Pass over to Luther Pass (tagging Red Lake, Stevens, and Waterhouse), hitching a ride back to our car. Fun day.