Ascent of Mount Conness on 2019-09-13

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
Date:Friday, September 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Conness
    Elevation:12590 ft / 3837 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a fun peak. Some trail, some open country, some exposure with solid holds. Most of the exposed section has trail built! We camped the night before at Saddlebag CG arriving on a Thursday night in hopes of beating the weekend crowd to a site. Several sites were available. In the morning we drove tot he Sawmill CG trail head and started our hike. The first two miles is along the heavily used trail up the canyon bottom past the dilapidated Carnegie Institute's shed. At this point the route climbs the mostly open SE facing slope below Alpine Lake. Some use trails were found here and there but for the most part it's open country. Once at Alpine Lake we rounded the NE shore and headed up the open gently sloping slabs to the East Ridge. The section of the ridge is a scramble that follows lots of use trails until you pop out on the gentle western slope. At this point you can see the summit and the remaining narrower ridge to cross. I was impressed that this section of the ridge had constructed trail from existing rock. There are a few places that require some care but for the most part it is a very fun scramble to the top with fantastic views in all directions. GPS track posted is my route down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2873 ft / 875 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Sawmill Campground TH  9717 ft / 2961 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Maki
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