Mt Conness, Bordering Yosemite National Park
North Ridge Route 5.6, Lee Vining, California
1 day / Cost: $245.00 / per person with 2 Climbers
1 day / Cost: $375.00 / per person with 1 Climber
The North Ridge of Mt. Conness is a spectacularly long and serpentine alpine ridge route skirting the Northeastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. It is a modern classic; perfect for climbers who are new to alpine terrain or those who just want to take in the experience of the High Sierra and Yosemite High Country.
The approach for this guided one day climb of the North Ridge of Mt. Conness starts early to allow for a big day. Following a cross-country trail past Conness Lakes, the trip heads straight for the crest next to Yosemite NP. Once we have accessed the ridgeline, the climbing follows this ridge on splendid rock towards the summit.
The climbing is mostly 3rd and 4th class climbing broken by short sections of 5th class up to 5.6. Two rock towers split the North Ridge at the route’s cruxes forcing parties the possibilities for exciting rappels mid-route. Another short section of 4th class gives way to one of the better summits in the Sierra. One side provides views of Tioga Pass and the Eastern Sierra and the other peers down into the Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park.
This route is a true carry over meaning we don’t return the same way we came up. The descent route drops down towards Yosemite and wraps around the East Ridge and back down towards Saddlebags Lake and our vehicles.