Split Mountain Climber's Log

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CWessels - Aug 3, 2012 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012

From Taboose  Sucess!

Up the North Slope. This seemed like an endless slog. A route from the east would probably have been far more enjoyable.

MountainManDan - Jun 21, 2012 4:31 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2012

Needs More Summit Reg Paper  Sucess!

Summited via north slope June 8th. Overnighted at Red Lake. After reading many posts I think I can save a lot of people trouble with getting to the TH. Took the short cut via South Fish Springs Rd. in the middle of the night to get to the TH. USE THIS ROUTE TO AVOID MCMURRAY MEADOW RD!! Used the girlfriends Subuaru Outback, clearance was perfect - 4 wheel drive was not needed. Someone mentioned doing it in a Ford Focus...crazy bastards. Passed Tinemaha Campgrounds onto Fuller Rd. After studying the satelite image from google earth and a good topo we made all the correct turns and ended up at the MARKED TH. DO NOT START HERE!! Travel back 1/8th of a mile to a spring (looks and sounds like a decent creek with tons of green brush) start here. The trail will begin switchbacking up the hill. THIS trail was in good shape all the way to the lake and no bushwhacking but encountered some steep sections with loose scree. Got a 6:30am start and made it to Red Lake shortly before noon. Stayed the night. 3 hours from Red Lake to the summit of Split. Enjoy the views north and south from "South Palisade" as you get a good look at almost all the 14ers in the region, including White Mountain.


thexcat - May 10, 2012 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2012

From Red Lake via N Slopes  Sucess!

With a large group of 7. Excellent conditions. Favorite part was the snow climb before reaching Prater-Split saddle. First hiked Split and then Prater.


rocky6x - May 12, 2012 11:27 pm

Re: From Red Lake via N Slopes

doing this peak at the end of month. How much snow? Crampons? How low is the snow, Red Lake? Thanks.


wmolland - Apr 30, 2012 8:39 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2012

From Red Lake  Sucess!

A nice scramble to just below the ridge and then a fun snow climb before a cruise to the summit. Woohoo California 14ers!


krrt2000 - Feb 26, 2012 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1994

Red Lake, North Slope  Sucess!

With Duane, A litte 4 wheelin, no tent poles and rain threatening.


XtremeDiver - Jan 27, 2012 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2009

St Jeans Colouir  Sucess!

Icy most of the way up. Steeper than I had thought and longer both in time and distance.


ephrat - Dec 26, 2011 8:41 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2011

Via the St Jean Couloir  Sucess!

Awesome outing! Trip report here.


Romain - Sep 20, 2011 3:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011

From Upper Basin  Sucess!

North slopes from Upper Basin, over fresh early season snow. Followed by an ascent of Mount Prater.


calipidder - Aug 16, 2011 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

From Lake 3535  Sucess!

Definitely the easiest 14er (once you get to the base camp at Lake 3535). Walked up, guided on the best route by the abundant polemonium growing on the sandy use trails. It was a perfect day on the summit - warm and still - allowing us to linger for almost 90 minutes to enjoy the view. A day in the mountains doesn't get any better than this.


biz - Aug 8, 2011 4:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2011

That drive sucks!  Sucess!

Too bad the road isn't in better shape. We made it with a toyota forerunner with 2wd. Our plan was to climb the east arete to the north summit, but a massive rockfall as we approached at 4:30am caused us to pause. The 2nd red flag was the summit shrouded in clouds. Decided to bail on that and climb the north slope. Beautiful views from the summit.


Darren9 - Aug 2, 2011 1:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2011

Another 14er  Sucess!

Due to melted out conditions on the St. Jean Couloir, ended up ascending the North Slope with a small party from SMG. What an impressive summit!


hubix - Apr 13, 2011 10:38 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2011

Winter ascent  Sucess!

Nice climb through St. Jean couloir.
Lost my summit pack on the way back between Lower Red Lake and the trail head. There is a yellow helmet attached to it. If you go up and find it please let me know.


Daria - Aug 15, 2010 9:07 pm Date Climbed: May 16, 2009

Scenic mountain  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain as seen from Red Lake, although the standard route was pretty dull. Next time would like to go for the St. Jean. Continued onto Prater.


mrchad9 - Aug 2, 2010 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2010

2x  Sucess!

First visited in July 2006 as an easy class 2 climb up the west side while hiking the JMT. Camp at lake 3535 in Upper Basin was fantastic.

Again last weekend with Vitaliy, interesting loop covering 5 peaks. The views from Split are among my favorite.


jonhersh - Jul 27, 2010 4:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2001

North Slope from the East  Sucess!

From Red Lake.


SkyPilot84 - Jul 13, 2010 3:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

North Slope from the East  Sucess!

Had no problem getting to the trailhead in a 4runner (9" ground clearance). 4WD wasn't necessary. The trail, although sandy and steep, was easy to follow, thanks to abundant trail markers. Views from the top were amazing, well worth the hike.


cdewhurst - Jul 12, 2010 12:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Overnight at Red Lake  Sucess!

Lots of elevation gain. Had fun (albeit a lot of work) trekking up the snow to the saddle and glissading down some sections. View was awesome. Twisted ankle at Red lake so slow going back to car. Several sections of trail were as maintained as the drive in. Had to back track a few times but nothing major.


BCL - Jul 7, 2010 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

North Slope  Sucess!

From Red Lake.


boyblue - Jul 5, 2010 6:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1981

From Red Lake  Sucess!

Drove in in my VW bus. Horrible drive with a lot of sickening scrapes and bumps under the vehicle. I knew there was no way I'd ever drive out that way unassisted (tow truck, I gue$$). I decided to climb the mountain and force myself not to worry until I was back at the TH.

After I'd set up my camp at Red Lake, I was joined by a small group of people. By some strange twist of good fortune, one of them was friends with, or was related to the people who own and operate the ranch that blocks easy access to the Red Mountain Creek TH. They had the keys to the gates and permission to drive through the ranch! They very kindly offered to let me follow them through upon our return to our vehicles. An incredible stroke of good luck!

With my mind freed from burden, I totally enjoyed the rest of the climb to the summit and the fine view found on top of this great peak.

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