Should have followed the use trail directly up the ridge to the summit from McGee Pass. There's no advantage to dropping down the west side of the pass and then climbing to the summit.
day hike. still lots of snow.
From camp at Bighorn Lake, up to Gemini Pass and then onto the West slopes. In a sort of blizzard, but at least the snow conditions leading up to the pass were perfect. Started to snow on me on the summit (itself still snow-capped). The next day, winter returned to the Mammoth area. That made things memorable.
backpacked from duck lake trail head to virgina lake. we went cross country and found our way up the west scree slope which was covered in a few inches of fresh snow. no views from the top since the mountain was covered by clouds.
Amazing trail, near the summit stay to the left near the edge of the chute.
Summited from the SE Slopes from McGee Pass. Warm down low, but cool up high! Visibility was reduced due to fires in the Sierra.
Surprisingly quick solo day under 12 hours from McGee Ck trailhead. Beautiful weather and relatively stable stone to scramble upon. Views are stupendous!
Day hiked this one with Tommey. After getting to the top, we took one look at the ridge between McGee Pass and Red & White and decided it was too much of an adventure. Descended the trail to 11000' before climbing Red & White via the standard route.
Beautiful mountain and a great route. Climbed it with a team of four from Sierra Mountaineering Group. We approached from Convict canyon and base camped at Dorothy lake. The overall route was a fun mix of rock ice and snow and we were able to climb the entire length of the couloir to the summit. Timeline on this one was up at 3, out of camp at 4, at the base of the couloir at 6, on the summit at 11, and back at basecamp at 2.
Dayhike of McGee Creek trail. Got a little rain on the way down, but it kept the temperature nice and cool.
A long, fun styrofoam romp, once I made the very tricky stream crossing and found my way to the base of the couloir. Trip report
Climbed from Lake Dorothy. Couloir was mostly snow (post-holing) from last week's storm. A few veins of ice sped progress. Wallowed across the upper traverse, although the last pitch was firm. Looking forward to skiing this!
Perfect sunny whether and still enough snow left to speed up summit ascent and descent. The lakes were still frozen and the creek was quite swift. Very swift. Nice "spring" flowers on the way ... and Mr. (or Mrs) marmot stopped by the camp. Liked it!
Popular mountain: about seventy parties signed up SPS summit register thus far in 2010. Last ascent in 2009 was on October 10, first ascent this year on March 17 (wow!). It took me about 3 hours from Big McGee Lake and McGee Pass to the summit.
Camped three nights July 4th weekend at Lake Mildred, just managed to avoid mosquitos. Climbed Baldwin on day 2 and Red Slate from Dorothy on day 3. Was a little spicy up the the saddle for a distance, due to no axe or crampons.
Climbed from our camp at Lake Dorothy.
We dayhiked it from camp at Big McGee Lake. We followed a use trail from McGee Pass to the summit - it was all hiking except for the steep, loose band of gray rock below the top. Beautiful hike in to Big McGee Lake and great views from the summit.
Pictures and trip report from our Red Slate Mountain climb.
Camped near Convict Creek with Dave and his wife, Rhoda. On previous trips, he'd already climbed Red Slate and I'd already climbed Baldwin, so we exchanged beta and 'traded peaks'. I arose much earlier and made it to the top of 'my' mountain first and was able to spot him climbing Baldwin through my telephoto lens. Rhoda, a botanist (not a climber), enjoyed a day among the High Sierra wildflowers. A perfect day for all!
We dubbed it Red Plate Mountain with the sounds walking up. Awesome views from here. One of my favorites so far.
We were a group of 8 skiers, some of us climbed the couloir and skied it. Nice and windy day. I got to the summit directly climbing the rock part.