Ascent of Mount Lola-North Ridge Peak on 2021-03-07

Climber: Kenny Lotito

Date:Sunday, March 7, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lola-North Ridge Peak
    Elevation:8844 ft / 2695 m

Ascent Trip Report

Late winter ascent of Mt. Lola (and North Lola) from the Snowmobile Staging area on HWY 89. I brought xc skis and snowshoes. The plan was to use the skis as much as possible during the approach and switch to snowshoes for the steeper climb up to the summit.

Started at 7:10a and set off on skis along the road. The road was rough and icy due to heavy snowmobile traffic, making the skiing a little tricky, but still somewhat faster than snowshoes. After about 4.5 mi, I switched to snowshoes and used them for the rest of the climb. I dropped the skis at Cold Stream Meadow and headed up the steep slope towards Lola North. The snow was relatively firm, with a little powder on top - fine for a snowshoe ascent. Sunny and a little windy at the top with fantastic views of the northern Sierra.

From the summit, I dropped down the east ridge, then down into the Cold Stream creek bed back to the Meadow. From here I switched backed to skis and skied the forest service roads the rest of the way back to the car. It wasn't always elegant but it was definitely more fun than a long boring hike out.

Totals: 19.5 mi, ~3400 ft gain, 8:45h.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Little Truckee Summit OHV Area  
Descent Statistics

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