Daytripped from Orange County. I thought it was pretty tough for an "easy 14er".
Climbed Split Mountain June 16th of 2008, via the N. Slope from Taboose Pass. I easily nabbed Mount Prater the next day and spent a nice two night stay just below both peaks.
Camped at Red Lake. Uneventful climb.
Climbed Split with my wife last summer. Great fun- a little challenging route-finding through scree slope, but isolated and fun and worth the effort just the same.
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?
Climbed Northeast Arete (IV, 5.8) with Pavel on a perfect summer day. 15 long pitches (150'+) and one rappel with a few memorable spots, abundance of loose rock (although, not enough to make it disgusting) and wicked knife edges. Existing beta was useless; we pretty much found our own way which included a 5.10 pitch. 11.5 hours from the route start to the summit ridge. Descended in the dark for a 19 hour camp to camp marathon.
Many props to the late great Galen Rowell for soloing this route on his FA. There is no way in the world I'd attempt something like this unroped.
First trip back into the mountains after surgery to repair a broken ankle 21 weeks earlier ... thus this trip worked me, on of the hardest times I've had in the mountains. Hot weather didn't help - +100degF at trail head. Climbed with Ken T. Bottom line = a safe and successful 14'er summit.
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!