Decided to leave Reno spontaneously last night to climb something in the Sierras. Found Round Top on maps not too far away and headed out to the grocery store to supply up. Left at 12am arrived at 1:30 at the trailhead. Camped right there no issues whatsoever and started at 12pm the next day. Super easy route, a lot of beautiful scenery, lakes everywhere, and crystal clear views. Not a bad day at all! True summit had two marker one from 1925 and the other '73/'79. Less than 4 hours round trip including a long lunch break/swim.
Went up to the West Ridge from Carson Pass (via Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake — actually I cut off the corner and didn't visit RT Lake until after I descended). No snow to deal with, but when I got to the saddle, I almost didn't go any further because the wind from the south was vicious and I was worried about keeping my balance. When I got to the western "summit," I ditched my backpack and my trekking poles and continued on to the east. The wind was still horrible, but I felt a little better without the extra drag! I didn't see the SummitPost recommendation to go around and then climb the SE side; instead, I climbed up the SW side of the east summit. It was definitely Class 4.
(Without the wind, my headline would have been "Fun Scramble.")
After being blown off the east ridge in the morning, came back to finish the job in the afternoon. Trip report.
We climbed Round Top along with The Sisters. The route up was mostly snow-covered until we reached the saddle. From there it felt like a summer climb. Here's a trip report.
Went up the east ridge which was adventure. A lot of the ridge itself was loose rock, and the scree on the south slope was worse. Nice exposure to the north with one short section on the ridge with drops on both sides! We went down the west ridge.
Nice snow climb to the top of Round Top. Truly felt a bit sketchy and exposed to me on the top ridge, but I am a bit of a weeny about such things. Did this as training for a Himalayan expedition. :-)
really nice day hike
Always our first high-ish peak of the season. I love the Carson Pass area. Great in any season. Round Top is an awesome half day jaunt, really nice views from the top. Lotsa people around usually. Last time in early July, there was no register.
This is a great first peak to take people above 10k feet. I can't count how many times I've summited but usually do about once a year. July is usually perfect to view the green meadows and flowers on the way in. Winter backcountry ski ascents are awesome for the easy approach and excellent descents.
With my wife and our two dogs. A fun scramble, perfect weather, great views. An easy class 3 from the West Ridge. My wife and the dogs stayed on the west summit and were content. Someone took the register recently, the new one was started less than a week ago.
Mistakenly stayed on the PCT and realized it on the back side of Elephants Back. Climbed loose scree and rocks up to Elephants Back summit and traveled cross country to hook up with the right trail at Round Top Lake. Enjoyed the class 3 climb at the end. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=92
Attempted the Hidden couloir...but too much avalanche danger. Ended up heading up the west ridge
Beautiful spring day - many skiers out and about on and around this peak.
Wow! What a beautiful early-Spring day. Snow all the way in from Carson Pass. Shared the mountain much of the day with three top-notch skiers. I've visited a couple of other far less prominent places by the same name and if I were king would bestow this magnificent place with a more lofty name.
Climbed in good snow conditions with dog. Dog had a great time and was quite playful in the gully. He would scamper up ahead then turn around and barrel down at me. I would brace for impact but he would veer to the side then repeat. Scrambled over to the summit to the E after topping out.
Arrived in Tahoe in the afternoon and this hike from Woods Lake Campground was the perfect length.
Beautiful winter day and easy ascent via W Ridge. First climbed W Ridge 19 Dec 2011, very windy, low visibility & rocks covered by rime ice.
Nice day up Crescent Moon Couloir under sunny skies. Just enough snow in the chute to (almost) completely avoid having to scramble over any rock near the top. Headed over to The Sisters after the summit visit.
First climbed on June 9, 2007 as part of a laid back backpacking trip.
A good steep climb with a great top out (Cresent moon couloir)
With Ann. Strong winds, especially from the West summit onwards. If the Cascade volcanoes aren't loose enough for you, come to Round Top... All in all, a fun day out, but I'd far rather spend time on granite, even the loose stuff. Crescent Moon looks like a winner though! Have to come back for it.
Calling the West Ridge a "walk-up" is misleading. It's Class 2 until you get to the West summit. Getting from the West summit to the East (true) summit, is the crux of the route, and if you haven't made it to the East summit - well - then you haven't summited Round Top, sorry guys...
Getting to the summit involves negotiating very loose scree slopes, some with undesirable, cliffy runouts in the distance. How confident are you in stopping a slide on scree? It also involves Class 3 (the route we took was more like Class 4) scrambling on rock to mount the summit mound with virtually no protection opportunities, and it's not unusual for your foothold to give way or for your handhold to find itself sitting squarely in your hand, no longer attached to the rock, if you don't pick and test carefully.
There is a rappel/belay pole a few steps down from the summit marker if you want to make your descent safer and skip the crux downclimb. I bounce tested it and it seemed solid. The rappel is low angle/load too. A 30m rope is enough to get you past the difficult section, almost to the base of the summit mound.