I used a combination of scrambling and hiking poles without much trouble. You can also summit the East Buttress by taking a class 2 route up to the ridge crest just west of the buttress and then hiking up the back side (good descent route). Mt Conness, at 12,589', is one of Yosemite's tallest mountains. View East Ridge Image Gallery - 30 Images. July 11 August 1 September 12. It wasn’t long before a cold rain started, and I began to doubt our chances of success quite early. Frank and Stella get ready to go. So, my final thoughts on Mt Conness via the east ridge: first and last thousand feet up loose scree sucks, but other than that, climbing and walking is good. On the way up, I found a relatively good route just below the main ridgeline. It was a 40 minute climb for me. Descend the East Ridge back to the cars. There's one section of particularly significant exposure, however the rock and route quality remain consistently good. Adventure is out there! Rope up and climb mostly using simul-climbing with a few pitches of belayed climbing and possibly even some soloing up approximately 1,500' to the 12,950' summit of Mt. Mount Conness is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. It was twilight by the time I reached my car. The summit can be reached by a number of technical and non-technical routes, from the Class 2 S Slopes (from the E) to the classic 10c Harding Route (SW Face). Its one of the best scrambles I've done in recent memory. We wanted to get an early start to make sure we were off the summit before the forecasted thunderstorms hit. "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." Mount Conness 12589′ ... We quickly lost the trail, but the cross country was fairly easy, and we cut beneath the East Ridge of Conness, trying not to lose too much elevation in the process. From the base or summit of the East Buttress, your immediate objective is the ridge junction heading west on the East Ridge which leads to the summit plateau. Start from Sawmill Creek Campground on the way to Saddlebag Lake. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. The North Ridge of Mount Conness. There is a class 3 rock slide before getting to the base. Again, I ditched the ridgeline descent, finding a far better route which kept the ridgeline about 100 feet above me until returning to the notch. There are multiple routes along the south side of the East Ridge with some class 2 routes lower on the ridge and a class 3 route higher up but still below the actual crest. After about 6 hours of hiking and scrambling, I stood on Mt Conness' summit. I don't know what possessed me to climb White Peak but that summit was more forgettable (It doesn't really appear on any major peakbagging lists). Mt Conness, east ridge trip report including a side climb of White Peak on the Sierra Crest. However, towards the top I got stuck in an exposed and slick slope that made me feel quite uncomfortable. From here you can climb the class 3 East Buttress itself for excellent views of North Peak and Mount Conness or skip the buttress by heading northwest to gain the East Ridge more gradually. I felt like the first visitor in years. Mt Conness' imposing cliffs have several high-altitude alpine climbing routes that I hope to ascend some day. You scarcely read of a miserable trip report up Mt Conness. This road to the parking lot unpaved but fairly good quality- I doubt most vehicles would have trouble. By most accounts, the East Ridge/Buttress is the shortest route up Mt Conness. August 6 ... Wes and I left from Riverside on Friday afternoon and got to the east side of Yosemite by early evening. The crest of the knife-edged arete section is definitely more than class-3 (probably class-4 or 5 in spots), but with a bit of routefinding off of the crest, you can stick to class-3 terrain. East Ridge Mount Conness, September 16, 2016 ; Return to Mammoth 2016 Blog. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. 1-2 Sep 2001 - by Rick Booth. Once I got below 10,800', I found a flat section and picked up a great use-trail that returned me to the Sawmill Campsite. Clearly nobody cares about this summit which is just as well. Its been a fantastic October for Sierra climbing this year and I had Mt Conness in my sights. Ascent via class 2 east chute between Conness and White. Credit: rhyang. We endeavored to stay on the crest but soon encountered a series of exposed pinnacles and were forced down to the south. A few minutes later I was standing on the 12,590-foot summit of Mt Conness. (10), the ridge junction heading west on the East Ridge. It takes about a full day to summit. After this ~20'x20' notch you can easily walk along the ridge crest itself that will take you to the base of the class 2 climb to the summit plateau. If you have information about this route that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here. The climbing is enjoyable, clean and generally quite easy even for a 5.6. In fact, moments before summiting, I lost my brand new Arc'teryx hat. All Rights Reserved. There is a class 3 rock slide before getting to the base. Conness (North Ridge) and Tresidder Peak. The crux of the route involves the final climb up the East Ridgeline. Length 7.4 miElevation gain 3080 ftRoute type Out & back I took the path of least resistance involving a steep but clear route up to the next flat "bench" at about 11,800' -. Conness is a spectacularly long and serpentine alpine ridge route skirting the Mount Conness (Yosemite, CA) by East Ridge. Mount Conness via the North Ridge. Scrambling up through the 5th class sections ju… 2. The first few hundred feet were fairly standard Class III down climbing. However I was never far from a good handhold or foot hold. You can also summit the East Buttress by taking a class 2 route up to the ridge crest just west of the buttress and then hiking up the back side (good descent route). After a successful but grueling climb of Middle Palisade, I still wanted to bag a few more before the passes close. and Eric K. Aug 27, 2011 . With plenty daylight, I began an alternative descent with intention of climbing White Peak, to the South. The consensus is that it's very exposed but straightforward climbing. Mount Conness (12,590′) via East Ridge (Class-3 Scramble) Mount Conness is a 12,590-foot mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Timeline: September 5, 2020. Then, there was my clear class III line to the summit-. Follow the obvious trail/road through the campgrounds, past the Carnegie Institute storage shed, and up to the foot of the East Buttress*. Once you gain the summit plateau, the class 3 route to the summit is obvious.Note: You won't see Alpine Lake until you reach the "notch in the east ridge." "East ridge looked pretty prominent during our climb of the north ridge", they said. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. That said, there were some amazing sections of exposure climbing along the upper ridge. If I did it again, I would stick with an out-and-back climb of the East Buttress. As we near the pass the route steepens and becomes loose and sandy. I picked up another use trail that paralleled the south-oriented ridge line, descending steadily to the saddle at about 11,400'. At times, I really had to focus on what I was doing rather than take in the views. All things considered, Mt Conness and the East Buttress were exceptional. Some people say they prefer the North Ridge of Conness, but I can't speak to that yet, since I haven't done it. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. It was only when I reached the saddle that a comfortable route appeared. 3 reviews of Mount Conness "The vast majority of people that visit Saddlebag Lake never get more than a mile or two beyond its shores, but if you're willing to put in some extra effort you can reach the summit of 12,590 ft Mt Conness. Please let me know if there is one :-). Mt Conness - North Ridge North Ridge Route 5.6, Border of Yosemite National Park Lee Vining, California 1 day / Cost: $375.00 / per person with 1 Climber 1 day / Cost: $225.00 / per person with 2 Climbers The North Ridge of Mt. With seemingly less effort than expected, I topped out on the ridgeline and finally caught a glimpse of Mt Conness. Again, I went back and fourth whether I should do it. I quietly crept out of camp at 3am, unable to sleep any longer for excitement. As I was climbing up to the East Ridge, I had differing thoughts about the clear class III route in front of me. 3:20. September 4, 2010. I scrambled my way up a mix of vegetation and rocks to the notch in the photo above. Conness. On the Sierra Nevada crestline, Mount Conness is the first high ridge at the head of the vast and low Tuolumne basin, a position that bears the brunt of winter snow storms. At the vegetation notch (as I'm calling it), I found a non-exposed class III scramble up to about 11,100' and a small, unnamed alpine lake. The route up White Peak clearly received less traffic than anything up Mt Conness. We parked on the west shoulder of Saddlebag Road/Forest Road 1n01, 1.6mi from 120. The West Ridge of Mt. Conness 7. In Trip Reports by Howie Schwartz September 10, 2011 Leave a Comment. Other routes exist including the infamously scenic North and West Ridges. Follow either of these until you get to the "notch in the east ridge" which affords excellent views of the Conness Glacier to the north. Soon after, we reach the pass and are at the start of the ridge. After popping out on top of the ridgeline, I carefully dropped a few waypoints ensuring a clear path of return (in the end, I didn't take that route because I decided on climbing White Peak). The Pursuit of Life is an outdoor adventure blog that’s dedicated towards providing guides on a variety of outdoor activities and wild places in the United States and Canada. There's one section of particularly significant exposure, however the rock and route quality remain consistently good. Before me lay the final summit block of Mt Conness and several famous features. With an alpine start, I began a lovely hike from the Sawmill Campground, just off the Saddlebag Lake Road. The route was very clear and the exposure was minimal. It can be avoided but it was preferable to endless boulder fields. Alpenglow on the approach. West Ridge of Mt. The weather looked iffy, so we made it to the summit before 10AM, and were off shortly thereafter. So, for all two dozen people who climb Mt Conness in a given year, hope this report helps! Brett scrabbling up the NOrth Ridge 3. The west face looked equally daunting and adventurous. It wasn't too bad- nothing greater than Class I-II scrambling initially. I found myself pondering the idea of beauty while I was on that ridge. Route finding wasn't problematic for me but other accounts say differently. United States. A crude but solid crossing was constructed over the creek. I hiked another 1.3 miles on the well-traveled use path leading towards the summits. We were at Alpine Lake at 9:49 and went up the slabs toward the East Ridge of Mount Conness. If you look at the photo above, I preferred essentially taking the route that would run directly through the center of the photo. Of those 20, 7 of us packed into cars Saturday morning and headed towards Saddlebag Lake and Mount Conness. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. The route was fantastic, class III climbing with incredible exposure but good quality rock. Here's what it looks like-. Being the highest peak in the area, the view was unobstructed in all directions. Its standard class III climbing with a mercifully minimal amount of scree and boulder fields. Protection if you plan on roping up for the whole climb, just bring a regular rack...Most of the climb can be soloed or simul-climbed at easy albeit moderate 5th class high country climbing. I watched it rise and blow easterly with the winds as my eyes filled with tears. A few inconsistent cairns marked the way. Everyone who's climbed Mt Conness remarks about this final section. Activities that are covered in this blog include hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, thru-hiking, caving, trail running, trekking, canoeing, ice climbing and general exploring. Dayhike to Mt Conness. My heart dropped a few times with some of the exposed sections. We parked the car near the dam at Saddlebag Lake and set out at 8:15. I met Jim at his hotel in Lee Vining at 5am. Armed with a favorable snow report from the guys at telemarktips.com, I made plans to head back to the backcountry skiing mecca of Tioga Pass -- specifically, to climb Mount Conness and ski the chutes and bowls on its east ridge. * NOTE: I'm calling this the East Buttress b/c I don't have a better name for it. After roughly 1.2 miles of easy hiking, I crossed by the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station, marked by a sign and a very decrepit cabin. Conness via Sawmill Meadows, Alpine Lake, and the east ridge is a Class 2-3 scramble that can be done in a long day. A rabbit crossed the road in front of me and I saw 4 deer before turning north on the Saddlebag Lake Road. Descending from the notch back to the original use trail I took in the first place was dicier than I expected. I found a better route down. Though not a 13er like Mt Lyell (the tallest), its more isolated and sports some incredible high altitude routes. The North Ridge of Mt. Given this was my first foray into this part of Yosemite, I settled on climbing the easiest and most traditional route- the East Ridge/East Buttress. I was glad I brought traction for my boots and an ice axe. This required some careful down-climbing and traversing on exposed Class 3 rock. Descend to the start of the West Ridge. NAVD88 Elevation : 12,595 ft / 3839 m. Subpeaks. Mount Conness-East Buttress (11,720 ft/3572 m) Latitude/Longitude (WGS84) 37° 58' 1'' N, 119° 19' 18'' W. 37.966955, -119.32155 (Dec Deg) 296069 E 4204691 N, Zone 11 (UTM) Country. I actually had fun with it. ;-) After drying my eyes, I quickly made haste to Mt Conness by following the North Ridge proper. The technically easiest route approaches from the South near Tuolumne Meadows, via Young Lakes. Ascend the trail to a pass on the way to the East Ridge of Conness. Conness, from near Cockscomb. Most capable climbers finish this route in a full day but camping opportunities exist throughout the area. However this descent was far less preferable to simply returning down the East Buttress. Conness (12,590 ft) from the east ridge, looking west across the Conness glacier; north eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, California. This is a blog for people of all levels and experience and is not limited to any state, province or sport. Drove up to Tioga Pass and out of Yosemite NP powering down some fruit and the coffee I'd brewed the night prior, still hot in the thermos. It is a prominent peak on the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park, whose vertical southwest wall (one of the best spots for big wall climbing in the Tuolumne Meadows area) is visible from many points on Tioga Pass Road (Hwy-120). An ascent of Mount Conness (East Ridge via Alpine Lake, class 2), with Mike Callen and Simon Wacziarg, September 5, 2020. The North Ridge of Mount Conness! Hiking Saddlebag Lake to Conness Lakes, East of Yosemite - Duration: 3:20. White Peak's summit was interesting- there's a yogurt container that serves as a register. Mt Conness (Glacier Route) 30 Jun 2002 - by Richard Steele. From a distance it didn't look obvious and I was worried I would be turned back. At about 10,100', I came to a large, North-east rising ridgeline that serves as a nice "ramp" up to the main route. PhotoDescr: Mt. With the competition including Cathedral Peak and Matthes Crest, this says a lot. Guarded by sheer granite walls, its lofty pyramid is a dominating sight from all sides, boasting a tremendous view over Yosemite National Park. Bill looks for the faint use trail leading into Hall Valley. The prominent pinnacle above is the East Buttress and the ridgeline extending to the left in the photo connects with Mt Conness. It's more of a scramble most of the way and probably more enjoyable in sneakers than in climbing shoes. I followed the trail through the campground and easily picked up the use trail that heads towards Lee Vining Creek. Climbers using the Alpine Lake route can join the East Ridge at this point. Stella walks across the dam catwalk. If you look down you can practice your thousand… 5. From here you can climb the class 3 East Buttress itself for excellent views of North Peak and Mount Conness or skip the buttress by heading northwest to gain the East Ridge more gradually. Caption: View of the north face (left) and north ridge (center) of Mt. Summited in a couple more hours, quickly signed the register and made my way down the East Ridge. Its standard class III climbing with a mercifully minimal amount of scree and boulder fields. Conness. However, it would be difficult to find the same path back on return without clear directions. Posing with the awe-inspiring ridge traverse of… 2. Bill walks on the well-worn use trail. Conness - East Ridge Route Trailhead: Sawmill Campground - marked Distance: 9 miles – up and back Elevation gain: 2,900 feet Elevation peak: 12,590 feet Time: 6 to 8 hours Difficulty: 4 Danger level: 3 Class: 3 – a few spots How easy to follow: 3 Children: No Map: See Page 6 Fees/Permits: None Waypoints (WGS 84): See Page 5 2021 Dates. Here's some more photos-, At about 11,100', there's a nice, flat section and the main ridgeline becomes visible. Hiking southeast from here will get you into the vicinity of the West Ridge of Conness. Rated at 5.6 or less, the climbing on Mount Conness was quite easy. Mt Conness East Ridge/Buttress Route Overview By most accounts, the East Ridge/Buttress is the shortest route up Mt Conness. (30), Climber's Log Entries Sawmill Campground is a walk-in campground that extends nearly 1/2 a mile along a well-established dirt trail. Mt. Credit: rhyang. Mount Conness 12,590′, North Peak 12,242′ and White Mountain 12,057′ Rock Climbing- Sierra Nevada Total Time: 10:20 Distance: 12.6 miles Elevation Gain: 5200′ Crux: Class 5.… As I descended, the route up White Peak became apparent. I retraced by steps down the thread of rocks and back to the large bowl below the main summit. Of course, its essentially unavoidable if climbing White Peak. As expected, all of the campgrounds were full, so we just found a dirt spot 100 feet off the road and deployed the roof tent. Peaks: Mt Conness, Tresidder Peak (sorted/filed as Conness, Tresidder) ; Place: California Dee and I decided to spend part of our Labor Day weekend climbing alpine routes in the Tuolumne. Highlight. Daddy play day this year aptly came on Independence Day. Next morning I started from Saddlebag Lake around daybreak and made my way towards the tarn east of Alpine Lake and the east ridge of Conness. Routes in Mt. Photo courtesy of Frank Paysen. There seemed to be a lot of snow for this time of year, but generally we were able to avoid snow travel. Located in Yosemite National Park and Hoover Wilderness. From the western end of Alpine Lake look northeast for the ridge notch and hike up to it. pics by Harlan W.S. Description Itinerary ... We continue past small lakes and tarns, steadily climbing towards a pass between Mt Conness and North Peak. However, once on the ridgeline, at around 11,800', the route was perfectly clear. Descent via class 2/3 East Ridge Trip Report GPS Track Yongsung Kim 1,955 views. Usually climbers camp near Tioga Pass and begin the climb at dawn. East ridge of Mount Conness Conness is a training ground for alpine climbing since it utilizes all aspects of mountaineering: trails, scrambling, and glacier trekking; all at a high altitude for California. Nobody had signed the register in almost 2 months! Learn how your comment data is processed. However, I hit an ice field or unnammed glacier. Celebrate! Conness is perhaps the best moderate alpine climb in Tuolumne. --Bertrand Russell, Images I dare say the climb was actually enjoyable. Peaks: Mt Conness (sorted/filed as Conness) ; Place: California Difficulty: glaciers, skis . Hiking Las Vegas.com 1 Hike: Mt. Hiking Into East Ridge Saddle On Mt Conness Beyond the weather station saddle, the east ridge becomes sharper and more dramatic. In fact, the ridge-line is so narrow, its nearly impossible to drift off course unless exposed and un-roped Class V climbing is your thing. Year, but generally we were able to avoid snow travel early start to sure... 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