Split Mountain Climber's Log

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utclimber - Oct 11, 2017 10:16 am Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2017

Split Mountain  Sucess!

Day hiked Split Mountain from the Red Lake trailhead in 9 hours round trip.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Jan 31, 2017 6:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2016

North Face from Red Lake  Sucess!

Got lost hiking up at the fork in the stream, but cross country hiked over a ridge to Red Lake. Got up at 330 am, started hiking at 4 am and topped out at 9 am. Great day, beautiful weather.


BobD3 - Dec 24, 2016 7:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2013

From Taboose Pass  Sucess!

On a multi-day backpack with Prater and Bolton Brown. Camped at a beautiful crescent shaped lake just west of the summit.


MaverickMerk - Nov 5, 2016 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2016

via North Slope  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain. Great hike. Long hike. No problems with the trail.


austinorville1 - Jun 11, 2016 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2016

st. jean couloir  Sucess!

Hiked up on the 31st of May with Tyler and Nick from the real trailhead not the false one. Fished for an hour and was pleased for the next four days. On the 1st we all took shrooms in the morning and tripped out around the lake.After we all returned to camp I hiked up solo to scout out the route we had been looking up at all day. After a couple of bowls I decided it was a go and headed back down to camp at Red Lake. We started hiking at 4 in the morning on the 2nd and made it to the top of the couloir by 9. On our way up we experienced a good amount of ice and rockfall. Got hit in the head twice(I had a helmet), leg, knee, and wrist. Summited the peak at 1015 and started heading down by 1135. Took the NE route back down and glissaded most of the way. got back down to camp and we all finished the night with some jack daniels. Hiked out on the 3rd at 1230 and got to the car at 3. Couldn't have asked for a better trip especially this late in the season.


Fairweather - Oct 17, 2015 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

From Red Lake  Sucess!

Red Lake is a cool place.
With Chris.


Tullymt - Oct 7, 2015 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015

Via St Jean Couloir  Sucess!

Had the mountain to myself.


Blackmouth - Sep 17, 2015 2:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013

2nd Times The Charm

The road got the best of me the first time but I was successfull the 2nd time around. Overnighted at Red Lake and summited the next morning. Perfect weather with beautiful views, I was lucky enough to have the mountain all to myself. I thought I was on the right trail on my way up to Red lake but found the real trail on my way down. If I didn't see it with my own eyes I would have never believed it started where it does.

ljwoodw - Aug 31, 2015 2:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015

Nice little peak  Sucess!

2-day backpacking trip coming up out of the Taboose Creek trail. Can't recommend the trail. Camped at the big beautiful (unnamed?) lake on the west side between Split Mountain and Mather Pass. Climbed up the NE face, then back down and hiked out.

Lots of smoke, so the views weren't what they could have been, but still quite nice.

Soloed this for my third California 14'er. Considerably easier than Shasta or Whitney (Mountaineers' Route)...


ScottWhitneyBound - Aug 11, 2015 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2015

Backpack from Red Lake TH  Sucess!

Three-day backpack, two nights at Red Lake, four hikers left Red Lake about 7AM and made it to the summit shortly after noon, all back at Red Lake by about 5PM. Route up to the notch and back down included some Class 3.


edsaxe - Jul 14, 2015 1:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2013

Beautiful lake  Sucess!

got to climb an awesome 14er and jump off the cliffs in the lake after!


rockcarl - Jul 14, 2015 1:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015

Night @ Red Lake  Sucess!

2 days, acclimatized by spending the night at Red Lake then summited and hiked back to the car on day 2. Minimal 3rd, mostly just loose but easy scrambling. Patriotic July 4 summit dance was mandatory! Downhill both ways on the drive by taking the recommended route on the way in and the mine route on the way out. I don't think our Subaru Forester would have made it otherwise!


DukeJH - Jul 13, 2015 11:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015

Rest and nutrition is key  Sucess!

Second attempt via Red Lake. Camped at Lower Red Lake and summitted with a group of 4 after the group above kicked rocks down the chute. Typical afternoon thunderstorms on the descent.

Last attempt I was coming off illness, hadn't slept, was dehydrated and started late.


Diesel - Jul 12, 2015 1:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2015

Split Mountain day hike  Sucess!

The 3rd time is a charm. Solo hike. Many thanks to summitpost's Cab who gave me some good tips. I left at the trail-head at 5:25AM, submitted at 12:15PM, back to the car at almost 6:00PM. This is the first mountain where I saw two snakes on the trail, both between the trial-head and the creek. I did not meet or see one single person on the mountain the whole day.

camden kirkpatrick

camden kirkpatrick - Jan 28, 2015 9:59 am

Re: Didn't make it this time

Its alright, I didn't make it to the top of Mount Elbert caused by a blizzard, almost sub zero temperature's, and my mom, and dad were tired too, so don't feel bad.


charitydominic - Oct 30, 2014 6:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

NE Slope, git er done  Sucess!

Yup, do this one. Had a lot of fun. Would repeat.


DougHemken - Aug 1, 2014 8:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Car to car  Sucess!

Car-to-car from the Meadows. Took us about 14 hours.


ElGreco - May 27, 2014 12:14 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2014

St. Jean couloir  Sucess!

With Max. Went with hopes to climb the East Couloir but the recent snowfall was still causing sluffs and it was very warm, so we thought better of it and went up the St. Jean with a bunch of useless rock and ice gear... Mostly a soft snow slog with a couple of mixed moves to overcome a step with hollow snow underneath it.

I have to say, if Split were not a 14er, a small fraction of folks would climb it. Interesting geology, but it's not an elegant or aesthetic peak - just a heap of... stuff. Red Lake is wonderful. Beautiful views from the top, but a totally anticlimactic summit (just a flat spot somewhere up there).

High clearance definitely recommended for the drive. I thought the trail was fine - don't see why people complain. Just make sure to walk north from the parking area on a road to the green patch with the spring to find the start. Tips for staying on it: follow the wide, traily thing in the middle and don't veer to the side...


bricewilson - Mar 30, 2014 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2013

From Red Lake TH  Sucess!

Day 5 of SC13. 5:00am car; 11:15am summit; 11:35am departed summit; 3:30pm car. Made it to LAX with plenty of time to spare for my red-eye back to NYC.

danblock - Jan 22, 2014 5:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2013

North Slope from East  Sucess!

The trail to Red Lake is kinda of a pain, but it was beautiful at the lake under the peak. Hiked with Vincent and Nick and made the summit without any trouble--just lots of scree and talus. It felt like a long way back to the car.

We took the standard dirt access road in a recent Subaru Forrester--no problems, but it takes a while.

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