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Ascent of Round Top on 2018-07-15

Climber: Rafee Memon

Others in Party:Tim Slatcher
Sarah Evans
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Round Top
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10381 ft / 3164 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left from Carson Pass at around 8:45am, passing by Winnemucca Lake and leaving the trail at the ridge separating the Round Top Lake basin. We went up the loose scree slopes to the west summit, then continued to the middle summit. We descended the slope and wrapped into the chute separating the summits. From there we ascended the face to the east (true) summit, reaching the top at 11:00am. On the way back to the middle summit, we went nearly to the top of the chute and ascended the rock wall to the middle summit, which was a much more enjoyable climb than the loose scree slope. We descended the summit block and continued back to Winnemucca Lake and Carson Pass, reaching the trailhead at 1:05pm. I stopped numerous times along the way to enjoy the wildflowers and take photos. This was one of my favorite Sierra hikes. Stats: 2h18m up, 15m at summit, 1h50m down, 8.7 miles, ~1,800ft.

To add another chapter to the rating debate: very easy class 3. The most nerve-wracking section is the descent down the slope from the middle summit. It isn't steep, but it would be a bit of a slide if you slipped on the scree. I was comfortable facing out from the mountain on all descent portions. Climbing the wall from near the top of the chute directly to the middle summit was also easy class 3 with a little exposure but much, much more stable and enjoyable. I would use this route for both directions if I went back.
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Round Top and lupine (2018-07-15). Photo by Rafee Memon.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1811 ft / 551 m
    Grade/Class:Easy class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1811 ft / 551 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Carson Pass  8570 ft / 2612 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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