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Mt. Conness (named after former California senator John Conness) straddles Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, forming the eastern border of the Park. It is the third highest peak in Yosemite National Park (first is Mt. Lyell at 13,114 ft, second is Mt. Dana at 13,061 ft). The Conness Glacier lies to the east.
The most direct way to approach both the North Ridge and West Ridge routes is from the trailhead at Saddlebag Lake (10,060'). A longer approach from Tuolumne Meadows to Young Lakes is also possible. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for the approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Conness:
North Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c Trad, Alpine
West Ridge, Mount Conness 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'
South West Face (Harding) Route 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'
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South West Face (Harding) Route 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Mt. Conness
Considering the rock quality in a couple sections, a few insecure moves and the wide crack, that would be a burly solo! I can't decide what is more sick...Peter Croft's onsight solo or Walt Shipley's after doing the route roped and knowing what to expect!!The route is exciting and physical and a must do for the High Sierra tick list. Pitch 1: 3 options...Center option is a groove to a roof (slightly loose) (9+, 115').Pitch 2: Easiest free version is to step down and traverse right on the lower c...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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