Up the North Slope. This seemed like an endless slog. A route from the east would probably have been far more enjoyable.
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.
doing this peak at the end of month. How much snow? Crampons? How low is the snow, Red Lake? Thanks.
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.
A nice scramble to just below the ridge and then a fun snow climb before a cruise to the summit. Woohoo California 14ers!
With Duane, A litte 4 wheelin, no tent poles and rain threatening.
Icy most of the way up. Steeper than I had thought and longer both in time and distance.
Awesome outing! Trip report here.
North slopes from Upper Basin, over fresh early season snow. Followed by an ascent of Mount Prater.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
From Red Lake.
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.
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.
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.