Started out as a hike to Round Top Lake from Woods Lake, but I convinced my 2 older friends to try the peak, couldn't get them to cross the notch to the true summit though! Great Climb.
First went up the West Ridge with Vendula. Came down and climbed up the couloir (this time the left variation) - I was sinking into snow up to my waist, snow blown into my face... pretty fun.
Since I love randonee skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, Round Top has been frequented by me in all seasons. This area has become my favorite recreation area since I live in South Lake Tahoe. It is highly used but covers such a large expanse that visitors spread out remarkably well. The knife-edge of the peak is thrilling to walk along.
Took the more adventurous members of a local youth group to the summit from Carson Pass. The absence of snow allowed for a quick climb on a nice afternoon. The bare north face looks quite slippery.......I mean, sporty.
Nice leisurely climb.
Very nice climb. We didn't start until 1:30 PM (!) from Carson pass. It took us about 3 hrs. to get to the summit. At the base of the peak we met a guy whom we'd met before a year ago on the summit of Tallac - small world.
The snow in the couloir was good. I really liked this route. Exit is kind of steep and fun. We descended the west ridge and got back to the car at around 6:15 PM
Did a traverse from Carson Spur to Carson Pass, one of the finest spring outings I've had. Trip Report
First time up Round Top, amazing view, great place to spend Easter Sunday. Skied the couloir, very firm conditions at noon. Ash (Baldy's dog) went top to bottom in about 5 seconds... craziest sh*t I've ever seen! Show off...
Fun climb - no ice in the couloir, only hard packed snow so kicking steps was fairly easy. Traversed to the Sisters afterwards, down climbed the steep slope of the west sisters... great weather, no people, what more could I wish for?
Fun get-together with some other SP members- some friends from before (Mark [aka Pellucid Wombat], Misha, & Etsuko) & got to know some cool new people- Sam (Mills), Tyson (scottfromcali), & Doug (mtnartman).
Leaving from the Bay Area (Sam from Cloverdale) the night before, Sam, Mark & I camped @ Carson Pass the night before. Met up with the others in the morning. I left the TH @ 7.51 (got a late start adjusting my crampons & snowboard attachment system), & lagged behind, my board bumping into my back leg each time I took a step. Got to Lake Winnemucca without incident.
Started up the couloir after Mark & Sam, who had a good pace from the get-go. Doug made his way up the N ridge to the L of our route. Snow conditions were excellent for climbing, & the route was great (think I even enjoyed it more than the Dana Couloir)! Soon we were @ the top, & headed over to the true summit. Summited ~11.20. After lounging a bit & taking in the beautiful Lake Tahoe-area surroundings, descended to the saddle between Round Top & the Sisters.
Convinced Mark to go up to the Sisters once more with me. Had a great view from up there, & went back to the saddle. Snowboarded down the mellower slopes (my first run of the season, + hard, wind-packed snow) to the lake- fun!! Ended up lagging behind Doug & Scott, who wisely opted to bring their snowshoes. After much postholing & corresponding cursing, reached Carson Pass, & a well-deserved beer, @ 15.15.
A nice dinner @ Kirkwood afterwards, & we left @ 17.45. A confusing drive in the dark, & I was back to Oakland by 21.00.
Fun trip, great route, with some cool people!
Convinced Rob to come up with me to try a new route up this impressive choss pile. If interested, check out the trip report. Phenomenal day!
Great outing on a fun route. Next time I will try the left varietion.
YEAH! What a great climb in a great company of fellow SP-ers. The route turned out to be easier than I anticipated, but steep enough to keep you excited throughout. This turned out to be an awesome way to start my alpine climbing season!
Reached the summit on an exciting new route (to myself) Climbed with other SP.com members, good time, good climb, and good company.
Great climb! Good weather, decent snow, sweet views. The steepness of the upper part of the couloir was really exciting!
This area is beautiful in early summer with many wildflowers. I saw someone skiing down the persistent snow patch to the right of the use trail. My second time up at the summit, I plan to return soon.
Snowshoe ascent, ski descent, wonderful day, nice hard snow, not too hot. pics
Dave Kiene and I were aiming for Mt. Tallac, but the road was closed for the marathon so we could not get to the trailhead (!!!). Instead we decided to head to Carson Pass and Round Top. This was my first summer-time trip to the area after two winter trips earlier this year. Beautiful scenery! The entire route is Class 2 with the exception of the last 15-20' to the top of the East summit block (Class 3). On the summit I've met two NY-ers who brought their skis... hoping to ski down the "glacier"... in early October... Hmmm...
I tried to go down from the summit via Crescent Moon Couloir, but it was filled with loose rock and ice patches. Will be back to scale it in the winter. Fun half-day outing!
~1hr30m to the summit from Carson Pass at easy pace.
Great hike. The views were excellent if a bit hazy out. Overall I'd higly recommend this peak, and can't wait to do it again.
6/94 - beautiful views from the top.
10/02 - In search of snow.
I highly reccommend the circumnavigation hike.
Scrambled up to the west summit on an early season ski trip. Photos here.