Twice I drove up from the Bay Area to climb Unicorn. Twice I got to the exposed Class 4 move. Twice I turned back. My wife and I returned later to make the false summit and take in awesome views.
Bring a short 30m rope if you want to protect the summit or if you are brave free solo...
Worked our way up the west face. Ended up soloing a pitch and a half of low to mid fifth. Nice summit views.
Nice scramble, then on to Cockscomb.
Not difficult. Left TH past 5:30pm and scrambled up it along with Althuski. Only one real class 4 part. Not hard, but you want to be comfortable trusting both hands to the same rock edge to shimmy a little.
Celebrated the evening of the fourth of July with my cousin Aaron on the summit of Unicorn Peak. Headed up past Elizabeth Lake and then up to the ridge between Cockscomb and Unicorn, then north along the ridge to the Unicorn. All three summits are nice though the northernmost is a classic. The vantage point is exceptional looking down on the Meadows. I wanted to cast off and soar down to the Tuolumne River like a pterodactyl, but didn't.
Fun little scramble up the far right (north) edge of the East Face, then a short traverse south to the summit. We continued on to Cockscomb, which was also a fun scramble.
The talus heap on the way from Cockscomb wasn't as bad as it looked. Nice views to complete the traverse.
I was only 9 and my brother 7 but I still made it quite a way up the east slope. Stopped few 600-700 feet below the top. We were not ever intending to get very far past Elizabeth Lake.
A fantastic hike at the end of a crappy day...I looked at this peak all summer and am glad i finally got up there!
Fun scrambling along the ridge!
Good finish to a 10 hour day spent traversing from Cathedral, Eichorn, Echo ridge, Cockscomb and Unicorn.
Hiked up from our campsite in Tuolomne Meadows via Elizabeth Lake with Brian, Amaryah, and Chase. Outstanding views and a good work out scrambling up form the lake. A great way to adjust to the altitude and the exposure to heights before several other hikes to follow during our stay. In fact, the exposure dissuaded me from attempting the crux. Next time.
First leg of awesome Cathedral traverse in 2004 with Brian Z. x2 with BAMM in 2010. x3 with Seth in 2012.
Attempted to do the grade 4 traverse of all the peaks in this area. We made it as far as Matthes Crest before we had to rap off due to weather.
Fun half-day scramble with Eszter Tompos. The exposed class 4 gap on the summit ridge was quite unnerving but fun.
Camped at Elizabeth Lake.
A fun scramble from Lake Elizabeth.
Carlos was 15, and I was 16 when we broke off from our x-country team at Elizabeth Lake. We scrambled up the east slope to the summit. Too stupid to admit being scared, we took turns sitting on the very north end of the summit blocks with our feet hanging off into the abyss. It was breathe taking. I left my driver's permit under a rock to prove we were there. The coach was not happy.
Great summit! Just 100 ft. below Cathedral. I did it with my friends Ryan McCourt, and Allison. Fun, but cold in the shade & wind! The summit is interesting -- it's more broken than you think from the view of it from the Meadows, and there are 3 big, thin plates standing upright. Wild!