I got up to the trailhead late after finishing up some work in SLT. The snow was real soft on the way to Winnemucca Lake and I saw someone just starting up the couloir. By the time I put on crampons at the base I thought he must be on top. Once I entered the couloir it was soft snow but easy climbing because the steps were kicked in. After going up to section where the right fork splits off I heard a noise from above and saw a piece of ice come zipping down. There was a steady rain of small snow and ice chuncks bouncing down the chute for a while but then it finally stopped. When I got to the top there was a guy putting his crampons away and was getting ready to ski the west ridge. It was a great day out and there was a little more snow than I expected.
With V., route in great shape.
A teasing curve
Of the couloir
Leaning out of sight...
My 2x. A great peak.
This definitely is one of my favorites.
The view from the summit was awesome; the hike was absolutely beautiful and pleasant. Wildflowers were abundant during this time of the year. Colors were everywhere with white clouds and crisp blue sky. It felt like a fairyland... kind of surreal.
I especially loved the last part because of the scrambling! (Always get especially excited when it's more a scrambling than hiking.) Felt a little bit dumb-headed for a few seconds after reaching the summit 'cuz I "almost" couldn't open the summit registry.
I will certainly be back - either in the summer or winter, ANYTIME! =D
A beautiful hike from the pass! Lots of wildflowers in the summer. Would be even more fun in the winter.
Fun easy climb. Winnamucca Lake Rules!
Easy fun little walk-up with some great views and a great experience of being caught in a small blizzard in October. Next time I'll try the Crescent Moon.
This was my 11X climbing this wonderful mountain. Had a great outing with Tom. Cross country from Kirkwood.
Fun hike to the top, my second time. A bit of a scramble to the actual summit, just enough to keep me focused.
A very fun hike with awesome views
This climb certainly had its fun spots, but some of the awful scree we encountered and loose holds we found in some of the most exposed places make it difficult for me to recommend. We never encountered anything harder than class 3.
Climbed with my friend Andrew. A lot of snow required snowshoeing, then a rock scramble at the top.
Climbed the steep east ridge with my dad. Weather was great, and the view was even better.
(June 2006) Climbed with snowshoes to the saddle where we stashed them. The rest of the way was clear of snow. Almost no wind on top with clear skies.
(June 2008) Traversed the ridgeline west of Round Top Lake to the Sisters and then on to Round Top
(May 2010) Black Butte, The Sisters, Round Top, and Elephants Back from Carson Pass
Climbed the Crescent Moon Couloir in soft conditions. The crux was the downclimb off the summit to the northwest on approximately five hundred feet of extremely rotton rock.
Great view from the top.
I was wondering if any of the people my wife and I saw up on the mountains were SPers. We only hiked to just shy of Winnemucca Lake. It was a bit tiring for her since she doesn't hike much. We didn't use the snow shoes.
A nice "Cinco de Mayo" morning climb & ski! Left the parking lot at Carson Pass about 7:30 a.m., and skinned up to the base of the couloir in about an hour. Strapped on the crampons and axes, lashed the skis to the pack and headed up. The snow was good frozen nieve for most of the climb until the last 25 ft, which had softened and made it a little tricky exiting the couloir. An incredibly sunny windless day, and I was lucky to enjoy the summit all to my self. Great climb and ski down, definitely worth doing again and again!
I left the trailhead a little before 8 am and topped out of the couloir a little after 10. Snow instability was a bit of concern and horizontal fracture lines in the couloir itself kept me going pretty fast. Snow condition decent but not yet perfect. Weather was nice although the views from the east summit were a little cloudy. Descended west ridge and glissaded down the lower slopes. Used snowshoes on the return but could have done without. This was the first climb I've done since I broke my ankle in Feb. An awesome day.
Powder snow was a major pain with snow shoes. Interesting ice formation on summit ridge. The notch between the summits was insanely windy, not too bad on the rest of the ridge.