We have had our eyes on Mt. Shasta for a while and finally circumstances aligned for a quick trip up to Northern California to climb it.
For a long while, the desert divide portion of the Pacific Crest Trail has been closed due to past fires. Finally, it has opened up and gave us the opportunity to climb several peaks previously closed. John, Uwe, Kevin and I took off to bag Red and Grey Tahquitz, and South Peak.
After our hike the previous day we sat around the camp fire and contemplated our plans for the next day: Drive home right away or do a little hike in the morning?
After our backpacking hike and a day’s rest we met up with Jack at the Willow creek campground just below South Lake on the South Fork of Bishop Creek. The intention was to climb Cloudripper.
Sawmill Pass is one of the more difficult passes from the east into the Sierra Nevada. This is mostly because it starts at 4600 ft in the desert and tops out at 11,347 ft, with some ups and downs this leads to almost 7000 ft elevation gain.
I reviewed other hikers reports for these three peaks. The total was about 9 miles, however;
What a difference 10° makes on a desert mountain hike.
I wanted to bag Ross Mountain for a while, but dreaded the up and over and back over Mount Baden-Powell. We needed another hike to get into Sierra season shape and were a little tired of our usual local higher elevation hikes. So Ross Mountain via Baden-Powell it was.