Hiked the cross-country route with MJ and Hillel. It was short in miles but made up for it with steep terrain, water crossings, snow fields, bush whacking, scree, loose talus, bouldering, and mosquitoes. This peak is my sixteenth Ogul Peak and left its mark with sunburn, scratches, and bug bites! We took a dirt road up from Hwy 88. From there, we took an offshoot of the road, crossed a creek, continued along the road for just a minute longer, then started walking up the creek. From there we bushwhacked up to where snow started covering the drainage. We stayed on the west (left) side of the drainage, in the trees and snow, until the snow over the drainage looked firm and flat enough to cross safely. We then crossed over to the east side of the drainage and walked up toward the peak. The scree was tiring, but then we got into talus. After some sturdy talus we encountered some icky loose scree/talus mix. That was close to my limit, I did not want to go sliding down with a bunch of rocks. Hillel scouted ahead, and the rocks got stable again. We were able to scramble up (class 2 / maybe easy class 3) to the summit. Signed the register, ate snacks, took pics, and then headed down the more popular route toward Red Lake Peak instead of trying to move down the loose rock. Once we got to the saddle we glissaded down the snow, then eventually met back up with the route we took up. Mosquitoes were out in full force by then. Fun day!
Skied from the saddle of the south east bowl. Hiked to the summit while waiting for the snow to corn up.
From Carson Pass, with my brother. Wound up not needing the snowshoes, but the microspikes helped for traction on the steep exposed slopes just under the summit of Red Lake Peak. Continued on to Stevens for the OGUL double.
After Red Lake from Carson Pass
Pics and commentary are here.
Clear windy day.
Hiked up with my dogs in the snow from the pullout near Road 91/Alhambra Mine Road/Alpine Mine Road along HWY 88 in Hope Valley to the outlet on the east shore of Crater Lake. We then headed northwest up the melted out ridge north of the lake to join the partially snowy normal south ridge route from Red Lake Peak to Stevens. I thoroughly enjoyed traversing the ridge north to Red Lake Peak with partial snow coverage after tagging Stevens. We looped down the northeast slopes of Red Lake Peak, waving at Crater Lake to our left on the way back to the parking area along HWY 88. I saw no other visitors on a Monday, but lots of ski tracks and a few snowshoe tracks in the bowls and gullies of both peaks from the weekend.
Christmas hike of Red Lake followed by Stevens starting from the Carson Pass Sno Park. Somewhat tricky summit block on Red Lake, went up the false summit blocks first only to have redo the climb on the correct blocks. Could not locate register on Red Lake, but found one on Stevens. Tried to hook up with the TRT and PCT off of Stevens but wound up in snowshoe hell for 3 hours trying to get back to the Sno Park. Trip report is HERE.
Quick trip that was surprisingly fun - we took the direct scramble route up past the Easter Island rock and then dropped down off the basin on the north side. Nice deep plunge steps halfway back to the car.
Climbed in conjunction with Red Lake Peak and Pickett Peak on a scorchingly hot summer afternoon.
A mellow day hike from Carson Pass with the wife and dogs. Didn't see anyone once off the main trail. Gorgeous day and great views all around, including Tahoe of course! Will do it again...and probably ski tour it in winter.
Climbed this peak as part of a traverse from Carson Pass to Luther pass.
Made the mistake of going around the southeast of the plateau between Red Lake and Stevens. Very loose dirt and rock on that side. At the summit at 9:30am and took the trail on the northwest going back, much better- back to car at 11:45, a little over 5 hours for both peaks. Enjoyed the day.
Simple walk along the ridge from Red Lake. About 1/2 the ridge was snow covered, the rest blown clean.
Great winter alpine climb, the steep snow slope added spice!
Ended up parking somewhere on Alpine Mine Rd once I realized that the rocks were gonna eat my cars underside. Took the NE ridge up to the top of Red Lake, headed north to Stevens, then down the SE ridge of Stevens. Didnt see a soul up there.
Needing some "air time" before heading for Mexico to climb the high volcanoes we spent a couple of days wandering around the Sierra and decided that we would climb Stevens from the highway. I learned here that leather gloves do not keep your hands warm.
Climbed after summiting Red Lake Peak. Returned to the car at Carson Pass.
pretty much came straight up from the highway. scrambled up from the east. it was definitely more "interesting" than the walk up from the other side. nice weather, pretty much no snow, but windy at the top.
A nice add on from Red Lake Peak.
I was with hgrapid.. and I will add that the descent to the Upper Truckee basin was also muddy.