What an unbelievable summit! This was my first major summit attempt and man was it fun. Started from Carson Pass towards Round Top Lake. Couldn’t find a trail towards the peak so we cut a line towards the open ridge. Very simple and straightforward heading up into the rock and up to the false summit. Headed over to actual summit which at first looked a bit scary. Found a nice little chute on the south side of the summit block with great holds and went right up easily. Crystal clear day over the Sierras gave us amazing views. Very light breeze as well. Sat on the block for a bit and ate lunch and just enjoyed the views. Probably saw 12-15 people on the trail. Seems like the majority didn’t make their way over to the summit block. What an exceptional hike!
Done this a couple times. The last 40-50 feet is a scramble. This peak has more bench marks on it than Whitney which is saying something.
solo-climbed on a very windy day via normal route. ice axe and crampons were used.
It was a success! The sun broke through the clouds as we crested the saddle just below the summit. Absolutely breathtaking view. I learned to always carry snowshoes in winter regardless what you think the snow conditions will be.
Solo hike, via Carson Pass, from the trailhead on a very very windy day this is a fairly easy route, beautiful scenery, lakes and partly because of the wind crystal clear and amazing views. This took me about 4.5 hours with a swim, meal break, and a side excursion.
Stayed at the upper lake the night before - nice summit with register
via WInnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake, then up the scree slopes and past the false summit. To cross the notch to the true, eastern, summit, just scrambled down the righthand rocky scree slope to the notch and crossed up a small ramp to a hidden gully with solid third class rock holds to the summit.
Clear sunny day with excellent views.
Gorgeous ramble with variety of scenery
Climbed up the north ridge. There were some point releases along the route but no red flags. Reached the top of knife's edge. Seemed like a harder ascent afterwards so saving it for some rope/anchor practice :)
2x. Uneventful. with Jean.
Nice day hike with Andy. Also climbed the Sisters.
Beautiful hike last 500 ft killed me lol first hike after knee surgery
Ascended via trail to Round Top lake. Descended by the trail past Winnemucca Lake
3X for Round Top. Really fun hike, from Carson Pass went up to Round Top, then retraced back to the saddle and went up to both of The Sisters, then traversed some fun class 2/3 and some steep scree slopes to the saddle at Fourth of July Peak. Fourth of July was a bit of a slog up a decent use trail, after the excitement of the other peaks it didn't quite measure up. Took the trail all the way back to Carson Pass from Fourth of July. TR is HERE.
A nice backpack trip to Fourth of July Lake and bagged this on the way in..
The dogs and I started from Carson Pass around noon. The warm winter made for barren south faces, but a very supportive 1-3 foot snowpack elsewhere above 8,000 feet. Despite all but the rocky summit scramble of this hike being snow covered, I was glad I chose trail runners rather than boots and snowshoes. I did make some use of microspikes and trekking poles, especially when opting to bypass the gentle routes that went west toward Round Top Lake, instead venturing directly up the steep, icy terrain above/southwest of Winnemucca Lake. Eventually I met the easy west ridge route at about 10,200 feet, right at the base of the west ridge and south face scrambles. The warm, calm day made for a nice break at the summit. A bit jealous of all the ski and snowboard tracks in the bowls, I made sure to enjoy some glissades on the way down. We ended up having the area to ourselves for the afternoon after passing near the last party of other people prior to reaching Winnemucca Lake on the way up.
Nice view from the top.
West ridge route- A very enjoyable climb. Even with a 30-35 mph wind.
The 30-40' downclimb off of the east peak was a little tougher than expected. Every hold had to be tested without exception.
Was in the neighborhood so planned on dropping in for a visit and wanted to tag The Sisters after, but thunderstorms chased me down after summitting Round Top. 2nd time up to Round Top so I should have reversed the order since now I still have to go back some day to get The Sisters. TR is HERE