Hiked the trail? most of the way with Dean. Still lots of snow covering the trail. The scramble to the top was a little challenging.
Sick with nerves and second guessing an attempt on Crescent Moon Couloir, I still wasn't 100% decided on whether to do the thing while standing at the base of it. After everyone's tales and recommendations making the exit sound horrifying (in MY mind) and not so tasty for a soloist, I half made up my mind to go West Ridge. Somehow, without really thinking any further, I donned crampons and began stomping up the couloir.....37 minutes later I was up the exit and wondering where all this spicey, dicey exit shit was supposed to be. ? Steep, yes, but nothing that made me say "Yikes!" Scrambled to summit; hardest part of the trip was down-climbing that crap in boots but it was fun.
Loved every minute of it except following those stupid blue markers in the woods and getting lost on the way back too.......WAAAY to hot to be goofing around extra miles out there.
Oh yeah, hit up The Sisters too. :)
4x summiting Round Top, second time via couloir. Snow conditions are still good. Was bitterly cold until about noon when the wind died.
Perfect conditions. 3x summiting Round Top, first time via couloir.
Great weather and solid conditions made this a really fun climb. It was steep but no protection required.
My first trip on backcountry skis, from Carsons pass to just below the rocky summit, then a scramble to the top, which felt a lot more than a scramble to me at the time. Trip was with Doug Robinson
Eastern crag is worth traversing over to and is a fun little class 3 climb
A fun and relatively easy peak even in the winter time. Good skiing from the saddle back to Lake Winnemucca.
Beautiful dayhike from Woods lake to Round Top Lake and summit, descent via Winnemucca Lake. Perfect sunny day, great views. Very strong winds at the summit ridge, it was difficult to stay upright.
to the east made for good photos. Also in '97
I have now done this peak in all the seasons.
i think the first time was the year Kirkwood got 880" of snow (82)
Brought a rope but never felt the need to use it. It did get a little steep and rocky at the top though. Nice class 3 at the summit. Loved every bit of it! Boot skied on the descent.
I climbed Round Top many times and it was always great. Awesome views from the top on a clear day. The last bit up from Round Top Lake looks a little bit intimidating but it's a really fun rock scramble. I'd like to go back though and do it when there is a lot of snow on top (crampons, ice axe).
What a great mountain!
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.