Nice day for a solo hike. Pictures
Up and down the North Ridge from the tarn below Twin Peaks Pass in just under 2hrs. The climb isn't difficult, and the exposure is minimal. Nevertheless, I found myself a bit nervous. There's something about that chossy-looking dark rock--it erodes my confidence. I encountered similar stuff on Mt. Morrison and I was pretty scared on that peak. The rock on Virginia stayed in place for the most part; nevertheless, I didn't feel secure. I don't particularly enjoy peaks with this kind of rock, so I'm going to try to avoid them from now on. Stanton, Whorl, Matterhorn, and Twin Peaks all had better rock than this.
backpack and camp at green lake with Jean.
Had a great time hiking out of Green Creek TH, what a beautiful area! Apparently this peak isn't climbed often, not sure why. When climbing up to the lake just north of the summit, climb the slot to the right of the main waterfall; I descended this way instead of climbers left of waterfall and found it to be much safer. The "slot" has a climbable portion and a swimmable portion; use climbable portion at the base and avoid the waterfall on the upper portion by crossing over onto a rib. Bob Burd's 4hr15m is insane; maybe I made the pass in 4hr. Give yourself lots of time to enjoy the beauty of the area especially with this year's snowpack and don't forget your headlamp, lol.
Easy ridge, outstanding views. Photos at:
East face above the black triangle provides sustained class 3 climbing. For the best rock stay on the arête but still check your holds as loose rock abounds.
Up from Green Creek and Virginia Pass. Ascended the waterfall canyon (to the right of the waterfall) up to the Twin/Virginia saddle and then took the loose ridgeline up to Virginia.
Pics and commentary are here.
Fun weekend camped at Return Lake, climbing Grey Butte, Stanton Peak, Virginia Peak, and Twin Peaks. I started from Green Lake TH and went over Virginia Pass and looped back past Summit Lake on the return.
Nice day hike, did Stanton also
Day 2 of Sierra Challenge. Surprisingly fun once you find the solid ribs.
Combined with Matterhorn for a nice day from our camp just over Horse Creek Pass.
Yes! Lots 'o loose rock. Nice view from the summit, though.
Green Creek Trail to Twin Peaks Pass, then to the top. Lots of fun! Looks like Adam was here two weeks earlier.
Camped at the head of Virginia Canyon after coming in from Green Lakes TH. Headed up Virginia early in the morning then up the ridge to Twin. Super views, little wind, and no clouds all day long.
Followed the waterfall up to the tarn and continued up the talus slope to the pass. Great day with almost no wind, leaving me to swat away at the horde of flies on the summit.
Climbed along the waterfall and a mellow talus slope to Twin Peaks Pass. Then just a little bit of loose 3rd to the south for the summit of Virginia. A fun route. Continued on to Twin Peaks.
Climbed the East Face and traversed the ridge over to Twin Peaks.
Yes - the peak is loose, but with careful attention, the E. Face is pretty solid and lots of fun. Easy climb, but with enough exposure to keep it exhilarating!
10th and last day of the Sierra Challenge. Continued on to Twin Peaks,
Day 1 of the 2003 Sierra Challenge from Green Creek TH. The East Face is probably the best and most fun route on this mountain. Then traversed over to Twin Peaks.
It seems I lied in my summit log entry below. I did visit this peak again, mostly because it was an easy bonus on my way to Twin Peaks--and enjoyed it a good deal more this time. The East Face is a very easy but enjoyable scramble.