Mount Morrison is probably the most infamous mountain of the Mammoth Lakes area of the Sierra. Easily visible from the 395, its spectacular north face has been described as "holding a fatal attraction for climbers" as the rock is quite loose.
Depending on the area on the peak being climbed, the rock varies wildly. Some areas are no better than vertical scree fields and others are surprisingly solid. Caution should be exercised on all routes regardless.
Mount Morrison is easily accessible via the Convict Lake trailhead.
To access the north face: from the parking lot on the eastern shore of the lake, take the trail towards the south end of the lake. Near the end of the trail right by the south end of the lake, leave the trail and start traversing up the hill towards Mount Morrison. There is no easy way about this, it is a bushwacking scree slog for around 1200'. Once in the hanging valley below the north face of Morrison, there is a use trail along the north side of the valley. This approach is the better option if climbing anything on Torre De Mierda
or routes right (west) of the Northwest Couloir
To access the eastern slope (also the descent route): from the Convict Lake parking lot hike the moraine immediately above the lot and directly to the east. This will give access to a long valley. Various use trails can be followed to the eastern slope. This approach is also a good alternative to the north face approach. Though not nearly as direct, it spreads the climbing out over a much longer distance and does not feel quite as much of a grunt. If you have a high clearance four-wheel drive car, you can drive to the top of the moraine. Access to the dirt roads can be gained off of Mount Morrison Road just east of the Convict Lake turn off of the 395.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
10 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Mt. Morrison
M5 Mod. Snow CA
: High Sierra
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"Deception" crosses a steep rock band to moderate snow gullies and rock and finishes in a narrow couloir on the northwestern shoulder of Mount Morrison. The first ascent was done in winter conditions so the route description will reflect that.Pitch 1 - A short easy section of snow over blocky rock leads to a steep rock face (M5). Follow weaknesses straight up over the grey rock towards an intrusion of red rock and a small snow patch and ledge. 70mPitch 2 - Climb straight up off the ledge via a c...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Mount Morrison from the entrance to the hanging va...
Mount Morrison peaking out from behind Mini Morris...
Mount Morrison from the summit of Torre De Mierda.