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.