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Split Mountain

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Split Mountain

Postby Vaca Russ » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:51 pm

TITLE: Split Mountain

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Split Mountain is a technically easy peak to climb but it does require serious effort to get to the summit. Artrock advised I not take the road to the Red Lake trailhead. He had a lot of difficulty making it to this trailhead.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 depending on the route.

LOCATION: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

ELEVATION: 14,058 feet

Split Mountain - HST Map

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The traditional approach is from the Red Lake TH. Additionally you can climb up and over Taboose Pass to the JMT / PCT, hike north to just below Mather Pass, then hike cross country to the base of the Prater / Split saddle.


I climbed up and over Taboose Pass.

Taboose Pass

I then took the JMT / PCT north to just below Mather Pass. Then I hiked cross country to Lake 3535. I spent the night there and then climbed the Prather / Split saddle the next morning.


The climb to the saddle is pretty straight forward.

3 Saddle.JPG

Turn north and head up the slope to the summit.

4 Prater.JPG
Looking south to Mt. Prater.

Hiking in snow is easier than climbing the talus (IMHO).

5 Up From Saddle.JPG

If you climb from Red Lake be sure to take the correct chute back to the TH.

6 Red Chute.JPG

The views from the summit are spectacular!

7 Summit View of 3535.JPG

8 North to Tinemaha.JPG

9 South Summit View.JPG

10 Summit.JPG

Thanks for reading my post.

Last edited by ERIC on Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:45 am, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: Changed title text to bold lettering
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