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
Went on a two-day trip with the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club (LVMC). We camped at Red Lake, and climbed the loose rock to the peak on the second day. See reports by MoapaPk and sergio in the Climber’s Log.
From a camp in Upper Basin. A blue sky day, so quiet you could hear a pin drop!
Dayhiked as part of the 2006 Sierra Challenge with several others.
Howdy Sergio --
did you guys do any "extra mileage" on the way out? We were in such a hurry to get down before the mountain shadow took over that crappy road, that we rushed a bit too much. I think we went off-trail 4 times, 3 times in the jungle, and once below. I kept pulling out the GPS after the fact, confirming that we had to climb back UP to get on the trail. At one point Paul said he felt like he was in the army, to which I responded, I felt we were in Bataan.
Stay on rock as much as possible to avoiding beaning your comrades. I really saw nothing higher than class 2 in the gully, but went some 2/3 places just to avoid rockfall.
The road (normal route): I took my Subaru Outback (7.3" clearance AWD, skid plates front and rear). I wouldn't do that again. Take a higher clearance, shorter wheelbase vehicle with stiffer suspension. 4WD or AWD (or big engine and HC) needed. I bounced rocks off the skid plates many times. I drove slowly (but not slowly enough) much of the way, and went into AWD mode many times to get up uneven, rocky slopes.
The trail to Red Lake has many, many false herd paths made by confused hikers. Some false paths even have cairns. Heed this advice: if you notice the path is suddenly fainter or much more brushy, back up to the last place where you were on the trail, and try _again_ to find the next destination on the real trail. In the "jungle", there are places where the stream is actually the path; the true path is marked by cleanly-cut (NOT just broken) branches.
Fun climb. Lots of vertical, especially without 4WD to get to the trailhead. Trail to Red Lake is hot, dry and dusty. Red Lake to the summit is fun.
The route was better than I thought. Split is a good looking peak. Next time I'll traverse over to the south summit... looks interesting.
Snow conditions were excellent. Hike in and out were quite forgettable.....
Day 6 of the 2006 Challenge. This was a very enjoyable day tagging Split/Prater/Bolton Brown/Thumb in a long day. Trip Report
This was a side trip on my larger JMT backpack from South Lake to Onion Valley. The day was beautiful with no clouds anywhere in the sky. The hike took about 7 hours from our camp site below Mather Pass to the top and back. It was slow going with talus slopes beginning just beyond Lake 11598 and the talus continued all the way to the top. This was my third California Fourteener and the best weather on a High Sierra peak yet. A tough climb but if you’re in the area I would definitely recommend it.
6th day of the Sierra Challenge. Decided to climb a previous years challenge peak instead of Prater since it's also a 14er. Climbed with Mike and Ryan, met Scott, Cliff and Cory on their way down.
A deviation from the planned Sierra Challenge peak of Mt. Prater. Made it up in 5:10 and met among others Dick and Jill from China Lake. Started with Bob Burd who was up in 4:05 which smoked everyone and I enjoyed the top with Cliff and Cory, too.
Camped at red lake on first night. Ascended via snow-covered saddle to north ridge. Considered descent down saddle too dangerous, so climbed down rocks to the right of the saddle. On our way down we saw someone perform a just-in-time self-arrest sliding down the saddle (was sliding in self-arrest position for a good 200-300 ft). Hiked back to trailhead under moonlight...and got lost in the jungle. Had to bushwhack through jungle at night, but eventually found trail again. Beautiful mountain. Fun trip.