There are a handful of High Sierra backcountry climbs that are reasonable to do in a day car to car and this is one of our favorites. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and meadows takes us to the saddle between North Peak and Mt Conness. Once on the route great climbing leads to the summit, with views of Tuolumne Meadows and beyond. From the summit we descend via a use trail back to the cars. All the better that you get a hot shower and a cold drink at the end of it all. And if we are in time you may have the opportunity to sample the legendary Fish Tacos at the Mobil Mart in Lee Vining.



high-sierra-climbing-super-topoThe best guidebooks are Supertopo’s “High Sierra Climbing” by Chris McNamara. and Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome”.
Get them from Maximus Press.

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick or better yet, camped at an even higher trailhead, such as the Sawmill Creek Campground on the Saddlebag Lake Road or in Tuolumne (Yosemite), for a night just before the trip. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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