I totally recommend Round Top in the snow. It is a great mountain to play on, and place to practice snow travel and polish your rescue skills. Last spring some friends and I snow shoed up to the summit, and on our way down I just was overwhelmed by the urge to sit and slide down the mountain...without any way to self-arrest I should add (not too smart). There was this beautiful line that had a really long run out free of rocks or trees, and I decided to just take off my snow shoes and go. I remember sliding down -fast-, and suddenly I thought, "I am going really fast!" The next thing I knew all of this snow comes over me like a wave, and then I was at the bottom and able to get control. As I sat there laughing uncontrollably, covered head to toe in snow, my friend ran over to me laughing and pointing back at my direction of travel. I turned around and looked, and saw where I began sliding down, then there was about 30 feet of nothing, and then you could see where I made contact with the snow again (hence the snow wave). This was definitely not one of my finer moments, and I really do know better...but there is something about tapping into that inner five-year old, being stupid and having fun...and this mountain always taps into that child.
I cannot count how many times I have sat on the summit of Round Top. No matter the time of year, time of day, or type of travel (scrambling, hiking skiing, running), I have enjoyed every moment. I even had one friend accuse me of building mini-Round Tops in my back yard.
Quite a climb. Ice axe and crampons. The last section is pretty steep. Coming down was incredible. It looks like you'll ski right into Lake Winnemucca. I've also climbed the West Ridge.
With my son. A great hike/scramble. Started at 8am. Went all the way to Round Top Lake, then up to the saddle. Very fun scrambling from there, we went up the middle of the west ridge to the west summit. On the way down we found the use trail that heads toward Winnemucca Lake so probably saved a half mile. Didn't see anyone on the way up or back until Winnemucca Lake, then then we must have passed 50+ people from there back to the car. Beautiful day, very clear and mild temps with little wind. Up in just over 2 hours, back down in 1:25. Drove all the way back home, made for a LONG day! Great day and trip.
Hiked up from Carson Pass on a beautiful clear day. The true summit block seemed dangerous, but I made it.
I started out at Caples Lake Resort, where my folks had rented a cabin. I walked to Woods Lake TH and then took the trail up to Winnemuca Lake, then cut over to the area above Round Top Lake. I hiked up to the saddle in the ridge between Round Top and The Sisters, then went around the backside and alternated between scree slogging and scrambling to reach the summit. The views were nice, but all but the immediate area was obscured or blocked by smoke from all the CA fires. I finished the Woods Lake loop and then walked back to CL Resort. A drive or ride to and from the trailhead would have been worth it to save time and energy for more hikes. I'll have to return on a clear day!
Went to the west summit and over to the gap between the west and east. East summit looked more than a class 3 and with the crappy loose scree, I opted to save the east summit for another day. My partner Dennis went up it and felt it was definitely more class 4 / 5 like on the route he chose. We had done Hawkins Peak in the morning and this was our afternoon treat. Hiked through lots of snow via the Round Top Lake trail. I'll need to go back and finish this one sometime.
beautiful, clear, warm day with blinding but crusty snow until we reached the foot of the couloir, when it clouded over. crusty snow in the chute but a little thin at the top of the right fork, see squishy's and rhyang's signage below... fun and rewarding!
Tagged Elephant's Back and continued on to the west ridge. Was going to climb the Crescent Moon, but I opted out due to my normal late start of 1pm. Snow was perfect for the most part for walking. Just a little give. The upper slopes were hard packed wind deposit so it was smooth and somewhat slippery, but too compact to kick steps into. Used my axe plenty to help me up, but no need for crampons. Only cold because of the wind.
fun as always, with V. Skied back to Carson Pass.
Did the couloir proper (right fork) - ok conditions until the last and steepest part : thin snow over slabs, forcing some moves to find thicker snow and holds on the rock. Mixed climbing moves in these conditions with a gimpy left leg made things verrry spicy.
Otherwise, pretty nice weather - cool and breezy. Not much snow at all on West Ridge descent, but enough below north face to allow for nice glissades :)
Summit register needs new notebook !
Route climbed: West Ridge
Date climbed: 1-Jan-2007
Just wanted to stretch my legs... On the approach I could see winds howling up over the summit and clouds coming up from the east side. The wind continued, but as I got to the saddle the clouds dissipated. I traded snowshoes for crampons and about 200' below the west ridge the wind died down, perhaps because the wind was coming from the east. Seemingly miraculous ...
Cold windy day but ended up being clear in the afternoon. A couple of class 3 moves made spicier by wet rock and snow.
Route climbed: Crescent Moon Couloir (left fork)
Date climbed: 22-April-2005
the peak was enshrouded in clouds half the time, the icy winds blew harder the closer we got to the ridge, and it was very cold at the summit. too cloudy to see distant peaks. my first time on a frozen mountaintop, and i can't wait to do another!
One of my favorite local mountains!
I was lucky to get my girlfriend to let me do the climb while she putted around with our dog on her snowshoes. So I skinned up to the base of the couloir and got ready. Decided to take the left fork for a couple of reasons; I had done the crescent moon a couple of seasons ago and also because as we approached the mountain I was scoping the left fork out with my binocs and noticed that the exit point was just wide enough to squeeze through! The snow was good neve, with the occasional hard ice underneath, but overall good consolidated snow conditions. To cap it off it was a gorgeous day (w/the occasional wind gust, of course)!
This has become my favorite area to hike/scramble and snowshoe. A good variety of terrain and difficulties to satisfy that "have to go now" feeling when time is short.
Tagged it after Fourth of July Peak and Sisters. Very cold. My second ascent, first was in 2004.
It's about time! I've been staring at this mountain for years from the chairlifts at Kirkwood. Great hike. Took the West Ridge and traversed across to the East Summit. Wonderful views.
Fun scrambles toward the summit... one of the best views in the greater Tahoe area. We could see Diablo, the Central Valley, Lake Tahoe and the distant peaks furhter south in the Sierras!
It's exciting to climb the final class 3 section with tele boots. We used ice axe, crampon on the approach to the saddle.
We had hoped to climb Whitney but had to make due with Round Top due to the thunderstorms blowing through the Sierras. This was a great little peak though. Nice views of the Tahoe area from the top. We climbed it in about 2.5 hours CTC.