Great half day trip. We overshot the SW slope a little in the fog but found it and summited with good weather. I hope to go back this winter.
A mostly sunny Tuesday yielded very few people along the PCT and the Commenwealth Creek trails. No technical difficulties on the southwest slope. Made the round-trip in just over 4 hours. The views, as always, were excellent.
Climbed Red from Commonwealth Creek Trailhead today in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Trail and then boot path all the way to the top. Then, from there, climbed off the steep, slabby SE face (yuck!) to get over to Kendall Peak via the East Ridge of Red. Beckey says minor scrambling on East Ridge. Ha ha! Guess he forgot about the featureless cliff at the low-point notch on the ridge. Both Kendall and Red offer great views--especially of Mt. Thomson.
Southwest Face, 40 degree slopes. Bad Avalanche conditions in April. Big Slab Avalanche material on Southwest Face. Otherwise an enjoyable climb and a joyful sitting glisade to Commonwealth Creek! YEAH BABY! Great Views of MT. Thompson from summit of Red. Look for my pictures in the near future.
It was a beautiful day. We only met one other person on the summit and according to the log we were the first in about a week to make the trip.