Ascent of Lone Pine Peak on 2018-04-30

Climber: Rafee Memon

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 Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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