Both approaches start by ascending the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek off the Whitney trail.
Approach from Iceberg Lake:
Hike to Iceberg Lake via the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. From Iceberg, hike to the Whitney-Russell saddle by staying on the left side of the lake. The South face is half a mile north of the saddle.
Approach from Upper Boy Scout Lake:
Hike to Upper Boy Scout Lake via the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. From UBL follow the path on the right hand side of the lake past the lush grass. Climb steep gravelly talus slope above a cliff band. From there, hike west above the cliff band to a gap between the two pinnacles. This traverse will take you to the base of the Sout Face.
Climb the steep sandy slope. Stay on the right hand side of the slope to avoid going up the left side variation. The middle section of the slope is the most sandy. The right side provides a rockier route. At the top of the slope and the beginning of the wall, climb the class 3 route that runs from right to left. Proceed to traverse the ridge to the summit.
Crampons and an ice axe necessary early in the season
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