Day hiked from the Red Lake trailhead with friends Miguel and Alex. Perfect weather. A very long and fun day!
Melissa and I reached the summit after a long trek from Red Lake trailhead. The endless boulderfield and talus was enough for one trip, one week, one lifetime. This particular summit completed my personal Grand Slam of climbing all 14ers in the lower 48 states, all CO 14ers, all CA 14ers and Mount Rainier. My trip report has a few more details.
Another successful peak bagged. Huffed it from just outside the ranch(car wouldn't make the drive) to basecamp at Red Mt Lake on Tuesday. Wednesday hit the trail at 7am, summited at 10am. Then hauled ass down to the car by 3pm. Would suggest taking a 4wd, so you don't have to hike the extra 3.5 miles!!! Weather was perfect though. Split Mt also needs a new register book. If you are heading up, please bring one with you.
We spent a cold, windy night camped on the Split-Prater saddle and woke up to climb the north ridge to the summit by sunrise.
What a day hike! We got lost in the thick brush on the hike down in the dark, though. Only took us 1 hour to find the trail again.
haha, I like the name of your route. I had no idea we were so close to each other in summitting before we met! Small world, eh?
This could be the most awesome arete climb I've ever done. This could be the most terrifying route I've ever done. Put these two facts together and you've got a great route. Long and loose, Kenn Kenega and I are lucky to tell the tale after this climb. We got both summits on this one, walked back to camp in the dark.
I soloed the St Jean Couloir on good water ice in late October of 1998. The route in hard ice conditions, is propably the fastest way to get to the top of Split Mountain. Descended the North Ridge to Red Lake.
Miguel Carmona and I hiked up to Red Lake from McMurry Meadow Rd and the trailhead in 1984.. We were checking out the Central Couloir for later ascent. Since we had no Guide Book, we just scrambled up the face to the left of the Hobbs/Harrington line.
First 14er of the season, climbed with ScottyS. The "trail" to Red Lake is unpleasant at best. Once to Red Lake, the traveling was fine. Weird weather, Split was the only 14er in the vicinity that was not socked in.
Two hours to summit from upper basin. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mendenhall at the summit.
Side trip from kearsarge to south lake backpack trip.
Climbed with bearbnz for my first 14'er. The trail to Red Lake gets 2 thumbs down, but after that it was nice. Less snow would mean less talus side-hilling to the ridge! Round trip time = 9hrs 45min.
Yes, its a long slog up to Red Lake, but an interesting climb from there with a bit of route finding involved. Had a nice hiking companion for the first part of the hike up to Red Lake. Long day for me.
On the 4X drive in we listened to Metallica. We then hiked up to Red Lake, almost entirely in the dark. The song 'Sad but True' kept going through my head.... HATE! I'm your HATE! I'm your hate when you want love...DO! Do my work! Do my dirty work scapegoat!... That pretty much describes hiking up to Red Lake in the dark. This was the 2nd time I had an altitude headache on all the 14ers I've climbed, so it was fitting that the same song returned during the 'class 1' final talus slog with the little man in my head stabbing my eyes with an icepick everytime I jolted my steps.
I must return and climb Split Mtn again under better 'conditions'. The graceful ridges and multihued faces are not to be missed. The first snow had fallen above 12,800 feet, and this added character to the faces and ridges.
Yikes, I hope Metallica doesn't sue summitpost like they did napster for illegal use of their lyrics.
Started from Southfork Trailhead, hiked up East Face of Middle Palisade, then down the west side. Traverse to Mather Pass, ascend the West Face of Split Mountain. Met fellow climber on top Split and descended to the Red Lake Trailhead in the dark. All in one long day.
Drive to Red Lake Trailhead 4WD only! Approach to Red Lake from the trailhead was long and hot. The trail is pretty steep in about 3 sections. Got amazing views of the mountain from our campsite at Red Lake. The next day hiked up through the endless boulder fields of the North Ridge. The gulley to the summit ridge involved some Class 2-3 climbing with heavy rockfall. After that, relavitely easy trek to the summit. Incredible views of Whitney, Palisades and Owens Valley/ White Mountains in all directions.
A long dayhike from the Red Lake Trailhead. Day 8 of the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. 6.5 hrs from the trailhead to the summit, but I think I could have done 5.5 hrs going solo. Still, Russ McBride's 4hr16m shames me.. :)
This was the seventh peak of my CA 14er Speed Tour.
I couldn't make it all the way to the trailhead in my car, so I parked it and hopped on a mountain bike. When I got to the trailhead, I stashed the bike in the bushes and started up the the steep, sandy, overgrown trail to Red Mountain Lake. After I got to the lake, the climb became much more enjoyable. I hiked up the endless Class 2/3 talus (very loose in spots) to the Prater-Split Saddle. From there it was a quick jaunt to the summit.