We camped near the lake and on the summit day we departed quite early around 4:00 am. By 7:30 am we already summited the peak and soon (around 9 :00 am ) safely returned to the base camp. It was nice, clear day.
the first time, a storm moved in so fast, our tent was under a foot of snow in a few hours! Sheesh, route finding on the way out was difficult.
I prefer Split as a dayhike.
Been to the top twice.
A bonus peak we bagged during our 9-day SHR backpacking trip.
I couldn't get my Honda CRV back up the main road on the way out so I used the alternative way out through the mine.
Nine and a half hours to summit. If Bob Burd had started at the same time I did he would have been back in San Jose sipping a beer by the time I topped out!
Started at 3:15 a.m. and got back to car 17 and a half hours later. Perfect weather all day. Must have had 200 miles of visibility from the top. Didn't see a soul all day except for my buddy Steve. Guess that's not much of a surprise given all the bad press I've been reading on SP about the Red Lake trail.
Driving instructions from this site were extremely helpful. We found high clearance to be necessary but directions to be spot on. No worries.
Not sure I'd call this a class 2. The shoot on the classic NE route was a dry, crumbling mess up around 12,000 feet. If anyone is anywhere above you then you'd better be wearing a helmet.
Recommend staying on solid rock to right of shoot (Class 3). There's a use trail off to the right near the base of the shoot. We descended this way.
Enough talus, debris, and boulders for a lifetime.
This was quite a long day for an average Joe hiker like myself. Which 14er will be next?
Maybe its just because I got a late start on one of the hottest days of the year, but to me this approach was a miserable desert hike on a poor trail. Out of the 28 peaks I've done so far I would say this was the second worst approach I've done next to the approach for Mt. Williamson via Shepherd Pass.
Nevertheless, once we got to about 10,000 feet or so, the scenery almost made us forget about the approach we endured. With still another ~3,000 ft to go from Red Lake in just about 1 mile, this is undeniably NOT one of the easiest 14ers, as R.J. Secor says. Definitely one of the best looking 14ers; very impressive.
Picked this 14'er off. Class 2 route from East/Red Lake. High clouds kept the sun off our backs. Fun climb.
Somewhat of a slog but well worth it. The chute had lots of talus and rubble which kept it interesting. Had a couple of showers but no thunder. Nice and quiet back there.
Did this in early season (May). Cooler wheather and snow on the upper section made for an enjoyable trip.
fun ascent up North Slope from Lake 3535 in Upper Basin. Beautiful spot, fun route, incredible views. Great!
Wow! Everything about this mtn. was brutal! The road going in broke my exhaust, the trail to Red Lake was relentless, & the talus slog to the top was long & tough! Glad that one's done!
Day hiked up the standard North Slope route via Red Lake on a beautiful day. Took a hard 6hrs to get up and after an hour on top napping it took 3.5 hrs to get back. Car-to-Car ~11 hrs. It was really dry up there.
Climbed via Red Lake with my buddy Eric and his brother. With one tent and two sleeping bags it was a cold night but pleasant. We tried to start a fire like cavemen, it felt like an episode of Survivor.
Climbed with uwjennie and friends from Red Lake, little snow lots of rocks. Fun weekend with great weather.
The North Slope route from the East is a total slog. There was some fun class 3 stuff on the North wall of the chute which broke the monotony. Red Lake trail isn't absolutely horrible, but avoid at all costs after dark. You will take wrong turns.
Uneventful climb, hot hike out.
May ?, 2001
Phenomenal glissade on the descent.
Excellent weather, great view