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Ascent of Round Top on 2008-10-19

Climber: Tim Berger

Others in Party:Dave Sendek
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Round Top
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10381 ft / 3164 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked trail head at Woods Lake, just west of Carson Pass...not signed. Took trail to Round Top Lake, ascended low ridge on trail to Winnemucca Lake, ascended ridge west toward pass between Round Top and unnamed peak south of The Sisters.

As approach first rocks of peak,stay left of first large outcrop rather than going to top of pass and around back of Round Top summit rocks. If stay left, trails will take you to left of outcrop and the path is obvious up and further left onto FALSE summit ridge. Looking south from top of ridge, the real summit will be obvious further south. There are two narrow couliors that break the ridge as one traverses south; both are easy to cross and don't require much if any downclimbing. The second one is largest and teh summit lies on the other side. A direct approach is apparent, but likely safer and less exposed to angle downward across the couloir and then ascend the summit via subtle bedrock chutes apparent as you step up and out of the couloir, kept angling left.

The summit is broad and there are two survey monuments. The register is beneath the summit monument, which is a formed and poured concrete pad! The view is great in every direction, including straight down to Lk. Winnemucca, and into the Mokulumne Cyn to the west.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2177 ft / 664 m
    Elevation Loss:2177 ft / 664 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3 at summit
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2177 ft / 664 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:via Round Top Lk
    Trailhead:Woods Lk parking lot (fee)  8204 ft / 2500 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2177 ft / 664 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:Lk Winnemucca
    Trailhead:Woods Lk Parking Lot  8204 ft / 2500 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 0 Minutes



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