Ascent of Lone Pine Peak on 2018-04-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, April 30, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Lone Pine Peak|
| Elevation:||12944 ft / 3945 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI had initially planned to climb Mallory and Irvine, but since the weather looked like it might not cooperate, I opted to sleep in a couple hours and hike Lone Pine. I parked on Whitney Portal Road next to the Meysan Lakes trailhead turnoff and set off at 8:05am. There was significant snow cover on the trail at around 10,000ft, and I donned my crampons and ice axe to cross one steep slope of snow. I reached a frozen Grass Lake around 10:45am, and I made my way to the bottom of the chute. Having read many trip reports about the miserable sand slog this route usually entails, I was very thankful to be able to climb a thread of snow most of the way up the chute. The morning sun had softened the snow enough that I was comfortable using just my axe without crampons. I topped out around 12:15pm and made my way over several false summits before finally reaching the true summit at 12:50pm. On the way down, I initially started to descend the wrong chute, losing about 20 minutes. Aside from that hiccup, the slide down the sand and then a few glissades on the trail were quite enjoyable. Low clouds were twirling over Mallory and Irvine, which made for a spectacular sight. I reached my car at 4:40pm and drove to Ridgecrest to spend the night before the long drive back to the Bay.
Stats: 4h45m up, 35m at summit, 3h12m down, 15.1 miles, ~5,200ft gained.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4884 ft / 1488 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||4884 ft / 1488 m|
| Distance:||15.1 mi / 24.3 km|
| Route:||SW chute|
| Start Trailhead:||Meysan Lakes TH 8060 ft / 2456 m|
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