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Mt. Ritter  

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Elevation: 13,157'
Location: 37.6894, -119.198 View Map  Incorrect?
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Viewed from Ediza Lake Mount Ritter appears as a formidable pyramid - closer inspection reveals that it's..... a formidable pyramid. Mount Ritter is a huge alpine peak, and not to be taken lightly even by its most reasonable route. This area presents a different, and less granitic, picture of the High Sierra, with meadows, and jagged dark peaks looming overhead.

Geologically this area including the Minarets to the south is made from volcanic breccia.

Getting There 

Agnew Meadows is the trailhead. Get there either by shuttle bus from Mammoth during the day, or arrive by car late at night.

For routes on the eastern side, follow the trail to Shadow Lake and from there to Ediza Lake - 5.25 miles, 1,100 feet elevation gain. Ritter towers almost 4,000 feet above the lake. Camp west of the lake, the closer to Mount Ritter the better.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Ritter:
North Face   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, 3000'   
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North Face - Ritter

North Face 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a  CA : High Sierra : ... : Mt. Ritter
A route not to be taken lightly. You too can tread in the steps of John Muir.From Ediza Lake follow a use trail towards Ritter and Banner Peak until you encounter the first snowfield (seasonal).Reach second snowfield which lies above the bench by the path of least resistance, which lies to the right of the bench, somewhat below Banner Peak. Climb up the second snowfield to a couloir which leads to the Ritter-Banner Saddle. The third snowfield (had enough yet?) is followed to a ledge which leads ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Base Camp
Base Camp
Waterfall and Ritter
Waterfall and Ritter
Minarets from Lake Ediza.
Minarets from Lake Ediza.
Mt Ritter from the pass to Lake Garret
Mt Ritter from the pass to Lake Garret
Mt Ritter (left) and Banner (right) from Shadow La...
Mt Ritter (left) and Banner (right) from Shadow La...
About to start Banner, East Face, III, 5.7
About to start Banner, East Face, III, 5.7
Mount Ritter from Lake Ediza.
Mount Ritter from Lake Ediza.
Mt Ritter from Lake Ediza
Mt Ritter from Lake Ediza

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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Jul 30, 2008
I made a video documenting our climb up Mt. Ritter's Southeast Glacier, via the Norman Clyde variation. It is cheesy, but has some decent beta for the climber. Go to: www.youtube.com/joshuatree100
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