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Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:06 am
by mikeduffy
Friends are planning a Mt. Morgan ascent from the Morgan Pass area. We all have limited mountaineering experience. Anyone come in from this side. Any route ideas?

Re: Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:51 pm
by calipidder
Do you mean directly from the pass or from elsewhere on the trail to the pass? The traditional and straightforward approach is to take the trail to Francis Lake from the east side of Rock Creek Lake, then ascend the slopes to the north ridge and on to the summit. It's a really nice climb, easy terrain if you're on-route. I have no idea if there is anything from Morgan Pass proper, but from all of my pictures it sure looks like it would be a technical climb.

Re: Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:36 am
by mikeduffy
Thanks for the reply. I believe that the approach my friends are contemplating is to take the old mining roads north from Morgan Pass trail into the cirque that runs along the east side of the north/south ridge extending south from Mt. Morgan. Along the north end of the cirque, it appears that there is a scree filled chute that could take one to the summit slope (based on Google Earth). Secor references the east side of Mt. Morgan as Class 2-3, but since there is no other description in his book, I'm not sure what specific route he is referencing.

Re: Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:48 pm
by calipidder
Ah, I see. Frankly that sounds miserable. :p The route I described is a really nice climb and you can descend through nice sandy bomber slopes that make for some fun times!

http://photos.calipidder.com/SierraAdve ... -and-Fall/

Re: Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:02 pm
by mikeduffy
Thanks Calipidder! I agree that it sounds terrible from the southeast. The photos of your hike were beautiful. Hopefully they can help me convince my friends to follow in your footsteps.

Re: Morgan Pass approach to Mt. Morgan (S)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:22 pm
by maverick
Hi Mike,

What experience does you group have? Class 2-3 is not for the inexperienced,
backpacking and climbing are not the same. If you are comfy on solid class 2
or 3 passes than go for it, but if not, be very cautious before embarking on such
an adventure. Yes Cali's Tr is enticing, but make sure you take a reality check
before going.