Elevation: 14,088 ft
GPS: 36.59, -118.291 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: M. Morley on Mar 5, 2006
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

At 14,088 ft (4,294 m), Mt. Russell is the 7th highest peak in California, and one of 15 above 14,000' in the state.

It's a very fine peak, with many classic routes, including its easier routes, a very worthwhile objective.

Getting There

Approach from Whitney Portal;hl=en&q=whitney+portal+rd+%26+campground+rd,+lone+pine,ca&ll=36.589516,-118.237953&spn=0.013542,0.043259 via the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. This is the same approach used for the East Face, East Buttress, and Mountaineer's Routes on Mt. Whitney.

If overnighting, you must obtain a wilderness permit for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek by following a specific set of procedures outlined on the forest service's website.

Allow about 5 hours from Whitney Portal to Iceberg Lake if carrying full packs with overnight gear.

2019 SEASON PERMIT NOTE: No walk-up day use permits for the Whitney Zone including the North Fork.
All day use permits for the Whitney Zone are now only reservable online, at the URL listed above. As of May 30 2019 - be aware that there are open spaces up until about June 14th, then there are no open spaces available until October 22nd.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Russell

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 102
East Arete
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 149
Fishhook Arête
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 119
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
Star Trekkin'
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Bloody Corner
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 28
Western Front
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Arete
 102
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad, Alpine
Fishhook Arête
 149
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Mithril Dihedral
 119
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Star Trekkin'
 25
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Bloody Corner
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Western Front
 28
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
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