Red Slate Mountain Climber's Log

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Brentzz90 - Aug 11, 2020 10:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2020

SE Slope Ascent  Sucess!

Began at McGee Creek Trailhead mid-day, made the ascent the following morning. There are two ways up it seems from the SE: 1. Following McGee Pass trail down a few hundred feet and ascending a narrow trail up the middle of the SE Slope. 2. (My choice) Veer right at the top of the pass and follow the Eastern Ridge closely. The slope offered a little class 2 climb, although very slightly more difficult to follow the trail. Having said that, it is not difficult to see your way up, cairns are plentiful along the way and it shouldn't take long to establish your route.

Alex.k - Jul 20, 2018 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2018

Red Slate mountain  Sucess!

Climbed as a dayhike out of McGee Canyon up the SE slope


BobD3 - Oct 5, 2017 9:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2017

From campsite at Lower McGee lake   Sucess!

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.


mengbo - Jun 27, 2016 12:07 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2016

From McGee Creek TH  Sucess!

day hike. still lots of snow.


Romain - Jun 12, 2016 8:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2016

From Gemini Pass  Sucess!

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.


youngclimer123 - May 22, 2016 3:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2015

july snow  Sucess!

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.

dakine - Sep 18, 2015 5:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015

McGee Creek Dayhike  Sucess!

Amazing trail, near the summit stay to the left near the edge of the chute.


theflyingmountaineer - Sep 11, 2015 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2015

McGee Creek  Sucess!

Summited from the SE Slopes from McGee Pass. Warm down low, but cool up high! Visibility was reduced due to fires in the Sierra.


Deb - Aug 17, 2014 1:39 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2014

SE Ridge  Sucess!

Surprisingly quick solo day under 12 hours from McGee Ck trailhead. Beautiful weather and relatively stable stone to scramble upon. Views are stupendous!


bechtt - Aug 2, 2014 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014

McGee Pass  Sucess!

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.


WayneFry - Aug 10, 2013 12:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

North Couloir via Convict Canyon  Sucess!

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.


cab - Aug 20, 2012 10:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012

McGee Pass  Sucess!

Dayhike of McGee Creek trail. Got a little rain on the way down, but it kept the temperature nice and cool.


seano - Feb 4, 2012 3:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2011

North Couloir solo  Sucess!

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


bc44caesar - Oct 17, 2011 11:30 am Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011

North Couloir  Sucess!

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!

ptitzler - Jul 9, 2011 7:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2011

Mc Gee pass   Sucess!

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!


xharv - Sep 15, 2010 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2010

From McGee Lake  Sucess!

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.


mrchad9 - Jun 13, 2010 7:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

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.


SkyPilot84 - Oct 12, 2009 2:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

NW Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed from our camp at Lake Dorothy.


MiguelVieira - Sep 30, 2009 11:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

via McGee Pass  Sucess!

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.


boyblue - Aug 14, 2009 7:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1985

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

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!

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