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.
"Caught Inside" is a long gully on the northeastern shoulder of Mount Morrison. It follows a band of red rock in a gully that transverses a step of grey rock to a snow field and then a deep gully up the face above.Pitch 1 - A short easy rock step to snow leads to a much steeper rock step. A bulge near the top is passed on the right on sloping rock (M4). Pulling past the bulge offers a small snow patch and the first belay. 60mPitch 2 - An awkward move right off the belay quickly turns to easy roc...[more]Browse More Classics in CA