NORTH RIDGE, LONE PINE PEAK // JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS, INYO NATIONAL FOREST
Trad, 5.6, Grade III // Elevation: 12,944' // Trip Length 2-3 days
The North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak is in a league of it's own when it comes to ridge traverses. Breathtaking scenery is abundant nearly every step of the way including the beautiful Mt. Whitney and her adjacent spires once you've reached the half way point on the route. The NRLPP comes in at 5.6, Grade III but don't be fooled by it's modest grade. The complexity of route finding, knife edge traverses and sheer length of the route makes it a challenge not to underestimate. Experienced parties will enjoy this climb in a long single day but it's not uncommon to bivy somewhere on this granite spectacle or below near the Meysan Lakes to split the climb into 2 days. We'd recommend this route for the aspiring alpine climber whose had experience on smaller objectives at altitude and is ready to take it to the next level.