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.
Nice hike with sweet views from the summit. Windy on top!
From Round Top Lake, I climbed to the saddle between the Sisters, bagged them both, then traversed east all the way to the east summit of Round Top. Only 10 or 15 feet of class 3 near the summit, other than that it was fairly easy class 2/use trail.
Upon cresting the saddle between Round and The Sisters I was met with 30-40 mph winds. Once on top the wind was so fierce it almost knocked me down a few times. Could see Mt. Diablo from the summit.
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.