Feather Peak early in the morning from Royce Lakes...
West of the main crest but higher, the pinnacled North Ridge gives it it's feathered appearance. It's remote and worthy of attention and looks particularly impressive from Bear Creek Spire.
One of my personal favorites.
Take the Pine Creek Road off Highway 395 to the Pine Creek trailhead, by the Tungsten Mill. Hike up an old road switchbacks its way monotonously up to the forest, then round the corner and into the much better scenery at Pine Lake. Head around the north side of the lake and take the trail, past Upper Pine Lake, to Honeymoon Lake, continue to follow the trail to Granite Park – but cut south west when above the lake and head cross-country up and over Royce Pass (11,680ft). Head straight west to a wonderful gravel spot just north of the middle (largest) of Royce Lakes. A spectacular spot which I lovingly call “The Hall of the Mountain Gods”.
This is a fun climb in an excellent setting. When we climbed this in late September 2010 the bottom half of the couloir consisted of nice neve, and the top half consisted of 4 pitches of beautiful plastic ice. We soloed up the neve and started properly belaying where the ice began. The ice gets progressively steeper until the top of the couloir. After topping out turn left and climb 70' of class 3 to the summit. Enjoy the spectacular view!...[more]Browse More Classics in CA