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.
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.
A very long scramble with 3000' of climbing not including the approach. The rock on the route is pretty loose and shattered, but the climbing is all easy scrambling. There is no complex route finding here, just gain the ridge by whatever looks fun and easy and follow it to the summit. On the ridge there are a couple steeper steps and one short downclimb, all around the 3rd class rating in difficulty....[more]Browse More Classics in CA