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 North Buttress
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
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Northeast Wall and Buttress 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA
: High Sierra
: ... : North Face
The Northeast Wall and Buttress was the first route to tackle the massive north face of Mount Morrison head on. It follows a large gully system up to the crest of the north buttress and up from there.Approach the start of the climb via 300' of 3rd class up to the large ledge below the first pitch.Pitch 1 - Straightforward climbing up a dihedral to a ledge.Pitch 2 - Easy face climbing off of the ledge leads back into the thin crack system of the dihedral of pitch 1. Some exciting moves lead to a ...[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.