South from the Saddlebag Crest
The "Saddlebag Crest" (unnamed on topo) is the metamorphic ridgeline peak that runs northwest on the west side of popular Saddlebag Lake in the Tioga Pass area just outside the northeast boundaries of Yosemite National Park
. It overlooks the beautiful lake region north of Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake itself and the Lee Vining Creek drainage.
This simple peak is an easy class 2 scramble that can be done in a few hours from the south end of Saddlebag Lake. The south and north slopes can be skied and Mt. Conness
east ridge route starts just beyond the saddle at the northwest end of the peak.
The Sierra Crest looms above to the west, North Peak
, the Shepherd Crest
and Excelsior Mountain
rise to the north. There is an outstanding view of Saddlebag Lake right below to the east. To the south is an unobstructed view down the Lee Vining Creek drainage to the Mt. Dana
Saddlebag Crest northFrom Hwy. 395
take Hwy. 120 10 miles west up to the Saddlebag Lake road.
From Tioga Pass
take Hwy. 120 2 miles to the Saddlebag Lake road.
Go northwest 2.4 miles on the Saddlebag Lake road to the parking at the south end of the Lake. The southeast ridge
is right above to the northwest. Take the trail that goes north around the west side of the lake. Just after crossing the small low point below the dam at .15 miles, break off and scramble the southeast ridge 3/4 mile to the highpoint.
The north slope
from Conness Lakes and the south slope
from The Carnegie Hall Natural Area look to be class 2 but beware of a potential screefest.
Scrambling to the saddle between Mt. Conness's east ridge and going east to the Saddlebag Crest looks easier.
Saddlebag Lake and the Tioga Crest
This is in the Inyo National Forest no permits are required for day hiking.
For wilderness permits for camping in the area contact the Mono Lake Visitor Center 760-647-3044.
Sierra Crest from the Saddlebag Crest
: At the south end of the lake above the parking lot at 10,000'
: 1.8 miles north on the Saddlebag Lake road on the left at 9,750'
Northwest junction of Hwy. 120 and the Saddlebag Lake road
: at 9,600'
: 2.5 miles north of Tioga Pass off Hwy. 120 to the right at 9,500'
: 1.5 miles north of Tioga Pass on the left at 9,600'
Current weather and 5 day forecast
Saddlebag Crest from Saddlebag Lake
For the current weather and forecast for Lee Vining click here