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
A quick hike on the way back from South Lake. View a little obscured by smoke from wildfires.
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.