The Conness Glacier lies to the east. The north ridge of Conness was directly to the south with basically the entire route laid out before me. It is the third highest peak in Yosemite National Park (first is Mt. 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). We had just enough room to walk the ridge. Do you enjoy endless false summits, creating your own path, and class 2/3 scrambles? Some people say they prefer the North Ridge of Conness, but I can't speak to that yet, since I haven't done it. I can’t wait! Absolutely beautiful day, totally fun hike. Conness (named after former California senator John Conness) straddles Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, forming the eastern border of the Park. Conness. North Ridge of North Peak to North Ridge of Mt. I definitely owe Liz her own adventure! A week after leading 5 pitches on Half Dome's Snake Dike (5.7) I decided not to pass on the opportunity to climb Mount Conness (12,590 feet). ... Mt Conness and at the plateau lake (3200m) look for a use trail on your left (south side of that mountain) that leads north up to the summit plateau. We ended up scrambling through some sketchy terrain. After the first snow of the season, Cam, Matt and I drove out to Yosemite to climb the North Ridge of Mt. Mount Conness is right behind. The trail follows a drainage with views of creeks, small waterfalls, and lakes made of pure glass. Or worse, there’s the counterfeit beauty of porn that causes us to see people as commodities to be consumed. Did this 10/5 when there was barely any snow present, sunny and clear skies, and slight wind just at the top. The North Ridge of Mount Conness In Trip Reports by Howie SchwartzSeptember 10, 2011 Leave a Comment I met Jim at his hotel in Lee Vining at 5am. This segment of the climb was a slog of loose scree and talus. But for sure, class 3 scrambling. Conness is the jewel of Eastern Yosemite National Park, which has a very different alpine nature than the domelands of adjacent Tuolumne Meadows. There’s no exact trail to the summit after the 1.5-2ish miles and don’t bother trying to follow the exact route proposed on Alltrails. In the photo below, the lake is so still, it’s hard to tell where the water begins and the terrain begins because the reflection is so flawless. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A few words on the ridge that leads to the last 200 feet of the summit: this is the crux of the climb because of the exposure. We'll bag it next year with more time to acclimatize. In the photo below, the lake is so still, it’s hard to tell where the water begins and the terrain begins because the reflection is so flawless. Logged 9 miles total. Scrambling up through the 5th class sections ju… 2. Conness! It is very easy to get lost while descending the peak. After reading about North Ridge (5.6) and West Ridge (5.6) of Conness, it was difficult for me to decide on the route- both seemed equally as awesome. Dee and I decided to spend part of our Labor Day weekend climbing alpine routes in the Tuolumne. Beauty is not just seeing something pretty. Peaks: North Peak, Mt Conness (sorted/filed as North, Conness) ; Place: California When Bob Suzuki and Charles Schafer invited me to go with them to climb the North Couloir of North Peak and the North Ridge of Mt. Temps were high 50s which is abnormal for this time of the year and at such a high altitude. I must have been awakened five times that night by headlights of cars trying to find a spot near us. We started at the Saddlebag Lake Trailhead on a cool, sunny Tuesday morning. It reminds us of a crescendoing symphony that just gets better as it goes. A few minutes later I was standing on the 12,590-foot summit of Mt Conness. Fortunately, Wes was feeling great. Being the highest peak in the area, the view was unobstructed in all directions. The North Ridge is also a popular moderate climb on Conness. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. Trail is non-existent around 2 miles in. Mt. I think every outdoorsman should use a guide from time to time. Your ability to pass this section really depends on your skills and comfort level. It’s hard to put into words, but I will always remember how it felt. Right of Conness one can see the highest ridge of Yosemite NP, with Mount Ritter and Mount Maclure. After I got back from OR and #UintasHike16 craziness, Josh asked if I wanted to go solo the northwest ridge of North Peak and the north ridge of Mt. The trail is unmarked and hard to see. Conness North Ridge of Mt. I have no desire to do something like the Conness North Ridge Route again! Conness (North Ridge) and Tresidder Peak. Left of Conness one can find Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. The trail follows a drainage with views of creeks, small waterfalls, and lakes made of pure glass. Mount Conness is a 11.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. I found myself panting a lot more than I thought I would – feeling the altitude. The walk-off felt like a long way. Unfortunately, we parked 500 feet away from Neil, our guide, and it took us until 5:45am to find him. … And this kind of beauty leaves our souls emptied of any real connection and in despair. 1-2 Sep 2001 - by Rick Booth. Once on the route great climbing leads to the summit, with views of Tuolumne Meadows and beyond. I found myself pondering the idea of beauty while I was on that ridge. You’ll likely hit some some brushes and light scrambling whichever way you take to get to Alpine Lake but that’s all pretty manageable. Located at a relatively low elevation, this climb is usually warm enough to climb up until the first snow of the year (usually in November). A week after leading 5 pitches on Half Dome's Snake Dike (5.7) I decided not to pass on the opportunity to climb Mount Conness (12,590 feet). Altitude is a fickle thing. Soon the class 2 ridge turned to class 3/4 so we roped up alpine style and continued walking. A guide can allow you to safely get out of your comfort zone, learn some new skills, AND enjoy what you are doing without being terrified you are going to get killed or injured. Mt. Lots of climbing over boulders and granite slabs. Brett scrabbling up the NOrth Ridge 3. Mt Conness via the North Ridge. Summited in a couple more hours, quickly signed the register and made my way down the East Ridge. The last quarter mile of the actual summit could test your nerves as there are drop offs but nothing too dangerous as long as you’re careful and take your time. Category: Mt. If you look down you can practice your thousand… 5. This route starts from the Sawmill walk-in campground. Conness, Rock Climbing, Sierra Nevada, SMI News. Decided to do White Mountain then made it up to Conness awesome hike!! Ended up near White Mountain instead of Alpine lake. While the climbing itself was easy, moving quickly up the mountain was tougher on me from a cardio standpoint than I expected. Be careful! Conness 7. In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. Views of the Conness Glacier from the ridge were great. 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. I think Wes fared better than I did. We got to the summit and had a snack before heading down the walk-off route. I was so thankful we did this with him. Being in this place and experiencing the beauty of it from a knife-edge exposed ridge felt as though I had been raptured into some kind of third Heaven. But, after checking out some of the exposed "hero shots" from North Ridge and talking to … Soon after, Liz (Wes’s wife), got pregnant with their first child and it didn’t seem like a great idea to take him on a multi-day climb with a new baby in the house. Prime climbing will be in July through September of most years. By 6am we were on the trail, walking alongside Saddlebag Lake as the sun cast its alpine glow on the mountains ahead. It passes the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station and continues through beautiful high alpine meadows. We didn't think there would … At 12,590 feet, Mt. Beautiful, this one will whoop ya, Mono and Parker Pass Trail to Spillway Lake, Twenty Lakes Basin and Saddlebag Lake Loop, White Mountain via Sawmill Walk-in Campground, Conness and Cascade Lakes from Saddlebag Lake, Alger Lakes via Mono Pass and Parker Pass Trails. Liz, being a climber herself, was gracious enough to let him go, which I am very thankful for. More training is needed. Climbers stroll an easy section of Mt. I literally just looked up and picked a way which I thought would be most direct but also safe. 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. Just whatever worked for me. There are a handful of backcountry climbs that are reasonable to do in a day car to car and this is one of our favorites. Views from the top are breathtaking! It was off-trail all the way to the trailhead and at least 80 degrees by the time we reached the car. Mount Conness is the highest peak in Sierra Nevada north of Tioga Pass Road (Highway 120). There seemed to always be a way to get up as long as you looked carefully. The North Ridge of Mount Conness! In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. Mt Conness (3837m) is one of the highest ... to the northern side of Alpine Lake up northwest to the eastern ridge and then following the ridge westwards to the summit plateau. Lots of exposed climbing I need to poop bad That’s the haiku I would have written if Conness had a summit register. A classic Yosemite peak, highest in the Sierra north of Highway 120 and holding the second largest glacier in Yosemite. A guide can allow you to safely get out of your comfort zone, learn some new skills, AND enjoy what you are doing without being terrified you are going to get killed or injured. Conness in preparation for Matthes Crest. Made our way up the gully on the north side of the lake. You scarcely read of a miserable trip report up Mt Conness. Climbers: Felix Wong; Richard Schwaninger; WARNING: Please be careful on this mountain (and actually, any mountain!) On the way home, Wes and I talked about doing Charlotte Dome next year. It is a modern classic; perfect for climbers who are new to alpine terrain or those who just want to take in the experience of … In fact, moments before summiting, I lost my brand new Arc'teryx hat. Conness. Great hike with solid class 3 mountaineering. This was a huge blessing. Last year, when Wes and I took a trip to the summit of Mount Bago, we looked down on Charlotte Dome and made a pact that we would climb it together. I saw some faint signs of a trail here and there but didn’t take that way since it was all sand and seemed slippery to try and head up (versus just scrambling up the rocks). Started at 10am and finished at 4pm, making it to the top at 1:30pm. To do the entire stretch of Mt Conness' east ridge, one starts at Saddleback Lake - a roughly 10,000-foot high body of water not far from Tioga Pass, and accessible via a short intermittently gravelled road off of highway 120 near Yosmite National Park's east entrance. Fantastic views from summit. As you hike higher up the drainage the trail fades away as people disperse to the different routes up the face of Conness. SMI founder Kurt Wedberg enjoying the picture perfect day after a successful climb of the North Ridge of Mt. The North Ridge of Mt. Please see my memorial to Stephen Cook for more information. We came from North Peak Wow! Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! Length 7.4 miElevation gain 3080 ftRoute type Out & back The sweeping North ridge of the mountain makes up the Park’s natural Eastern boundary and is pure alpine rock climbing nirvana. We got up at 4am, had breakfast and coffee, and drove 15 minutes to the trailhead. "East ridge looked pretty prominent during our climb of the north ridge", they said. Mount Conness Mt. Alpine rock climbing at its finest! South to the north ridge of Mount Conness. There is a dimension of beauty that requires us to be a participant, and even to suffer for it, before it can really change us. Could only make it up to about 12,000 feet due to snow. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! My app clocked in 9ish miles. Later we would traverse the ridge from the summit to Virginia Peak, on the lower right of the photo (2020-10-18). Views at the top were awesome, just like most other views at similar peaks. The rock is sturdy and hand/foot holds are clear. Rated at 5.6 or less, the climbing on Mount Conness was quite easy. We wanted to get an early start to make sure we were off the summit before the forecasted thunderstorms hit. I felt like I would be at the summit in under a few hours. Wes and I left from Riverside on Friday afternoon and got to the east side of Yosemite by early evening. We experienced a picture perfect day on the North Ridge of Mt. Like the West Ridge, this route is rated 5.6, and is composed of long stretches of 3rd and 4th class occasionally interrupted with … Copyright 2021 Bryan Feller, All rights reserved. Once we reached the ridge, we put on harnesses and helmets and started the ridge walk. There are many routes up Conness varying from relatively straightforward class 2 all the way up to class 5. As long as you have the map downloaded and know the direction of Alpine Lake, just start heading up. You will eventually find a 'ramp' that leads you to the pass. Lyell at 13,114 ft, second is Mt. This is for you. Access to this peak in traditional summer climbing conditions is limited to a couple of months a year. There is a large gendarme (pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge) next to Mount Conness and we soon found ourselves at the top of it. The North Ridge of Mt. Very steep uphill with many Class 2 and some Class 3 scrambling sections. We didn’t sleep well, but we slept well enough. Conness to Northwest Butress of Tenaya peak to Southwest Buttress of Cathedral Peak on 8/19/19. Conness, they didn't have to ask twice. Peaks: Mt Conness, Tresidder Peak (sorted/filed as Conness, Tresidder) Place: California. North Peak (North Couloir) and Mt Conness (North Ridge) 20-22 Jul 2001 - by Jim Ramaker. This place had all of that. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. When I got home, and even now as I write this, I can still tap into that feeling. Conness (12,590'), The North Ridge II 5.6 1 Day This fantastic route may be the absolute favorite among the ASI Guides. Conness to West Ridge of Mt. I watched it rise and blow easterly with the winds as my eyes filled with tears. Which means the 3000ft gain comes in the last 3 or so miles. I will always remember this climb – the beauty of it, the challenge, and the blessing of being able to do it with my son. This place was so beautiful it was hard to take it all in. Then mega mainly unmarked scramble. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Towards the top there are several likely looking chutes for the final 100 feet or so to the ridge. The day begins with a pleasant, easy hike in spectacular alpine terrain above Saddlebag Lake. First two miles easy. And coming back down, I also took another route than the way I came up. It's a bit scrambly but for the most part it's simple one-foot-in-front-of-another terrain. That said, there were some amazing sections of exposure climbing along the upper ridge. I never found myself having to turn around or head back down because it was a “dead end” or no way up it. Description Mt. As a consolation, we tucked in a one-day summit loop over Mt. It’s after Alpine Lake to the “false summit” is where things kick up a notch. For a classic longer day, traverse the peak via the South Slopes and North Ridge, with a detour to bag the West Ridge in the middle of the day. Mt Conness via the North Ridge. Luckily I don’t mind these hikes at all. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Conness! When there is snow in the ascent route chute between Conness and White an ice axe and crampons may be required (along with the necessary skills to use them). The weather and the views were absolutely breathtaking and it was only getting better the farther we went. Really amazing views from the top--could see 40 miles out in most directions. The higher we got, the more spectacular the views were. There were a few sections of the ridge Neil climbed ahead and gave us a hip belay, but we never needed to set up any belay anchors along the ridge. The Conness Glacier lies north of the summit. The climbing is enjoyable, clean and generally quite easy even for a 5.6. And I got to do this with my son – who gets to do that? Conness on the northeastern fringe of the park. That said, the views on the descent were just as spectacular. And I was in that place with my son! Dana at 13,061 ft). From there we crossed the occasional snow field and climbed the occasional boulder until we gained the ridge at 11812ft. Hundreds of snowy peaks in the High Sierra provide the dramatic backdrop for a summit photo after a successful climb of Mt. Though not a 13er like Mt Lyell (the tallest), its more isolated and sports some incredible high altitude routes. Posted on July 10, 2020 by smiweb - Alpine Rock Climbing, Mt. From North Peak the ridge did not look all that long and the two towers to be rapelled were quite early on in the scramble. Un pic classique de Yosemite, le plus élevé de la Sierra au nord de la route 120 et contenant le deuxième plus grand glacier de Yosemite. I wish I could have been better than average, but I’ll have to keep training harder for the next one. Posing with the awe-inspiring ridge traverse of… 2. Very exciting and beautiful mountain. However, if you are not comfortable with exposure you may have problems with this section. It was less than restful, as 20 other people had the same idea during the middle of the night. If you walk through the campground you'll eventually find yourself of a well-worn single track trail. Conness to kick off the alpine rock climbing season in the High Sierra! Conness is a spectacularly long and serpentine alpine ridge route skirting the Northeastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Yes, the north ridge … Mt. From here the hike is quite easy, following a use trail along the ridge to gain another 1,000 feet until it gets to the foot of the exposed ridge that leads the final 200 feet to the summit. First 1.5-2 miles is pretty easy with barely any elevation gain. Conness’ North Ridge, with the upper West Ridge at top right. ;-) After drying my eyes, I quickly made haste to Mt Conness by following the North Ridge proper. Mount Conness is a 12,590 foot (3,840 m) mountain in the Sierra Nevada range, to the west of the Hall Natural Area. After reading about North Ridge (5.6) and West Ridge (5.6) of Conness in Peter Croft's book, it was difficult for me to decide on the route- both seemed equally as awesome. Neil said we did the whole thing in about 10 hours, which was average. I want to do a lot more of these kinds of adventures and I’m going to continue to train so that I can – all the way into my 80s if that’s possible. I really enjoyed the hiking. Because we had a guide, Wes and I were free to enjoy the views along the way, rather than being 100% focused on our survival. Mt Conness, at 12,589', is one of Yosemite's tallest mountains. Stunning views below are the reward nearing the top of the North Ridge of Mt. One review said it best: if you like a “pick your own route” kinda hike, scrambling, and false summits, this is it for you. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. But I couldn’t just leave it alone, so I found the Mount Conness day climb on the Sierra Mountain Guides site and signed up – and talked Wes into going as well. Conness in particular has claimed a number of lives. Photo licensing info In some mystical way, I was filled with hope, joy, strength, peace, and connection from the experience. Not for faint of heart. We soon reached the end of the box canyon and had to climb out toward the North Ridge of Mount Conness. WARNING THIS IS NOT A TRAIL. Neil continued to call out the sections of exposed terrain just before we got to them so we could be present in the moment and not just heads-down climbing to the next move. This is the price of admission for every Sierra peak I have been on, but it wasn’t too bad. Went off trail due to snow. A complete photo gallery from this day can be … Conness is on the boundary between the Inyo National Forest and Yosemite National Park. Bring jacket because it gets very windy. Thanks to my friend Shayan. we were just getting to really fun stuff when my climbing partner got AMS at 11k. 6.18 Trip Notes. 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. Photo by Yao-Min Chen. Beauty is not just seeing something pretty. Conness (12,590 ft.) North Ridge (III, 5.6) Mt. @sertanusanmaz. Maybe I just didn’t get a good night’s sleep? Conness is one of the highest peaks along the Tioga Crest and, due to good access, one of the more popular climbs. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and . Don’t use my recording since I was exploring the region. Compared with Cathedral Peak, the North Ridge has less technical … It's more of a scramble most of the way and probably more enjoyable in sneakers than in climbing shoes. In perfect conditions, no special equipment beyond traditional mountain day-hiking essentials is required for this peak. There is a large gendarme (pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge) next to Mount Conness and we soon found ourselves at the top of it. Didn't really follow the exact trail-route proposed on AllTrails. North Peak comes into view as we start out. You’ll definitely need experience route finding and be using your hands to climb at certain spots. Conness! Views are amazing if you make it. 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