Elevation: 13,157 ft
GPS: 37.689, -119.198 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Mar 28, 2006
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Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Ritter

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy Snow
 9
SE Glacier
Snow, Alpine
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 14
North Face
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
SE Glacier
 9
Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
North Face
 14
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad, Alpine
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Josh Hibbard
Los Angeles Area, CA
Josh Hibbard   Los Angeles Area, CA
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:youtube.com/joshuatree100 Jul 30, 2008
Be advised: my map showed the trail crossing the stream coming out of Lake Ediza. I believe a log used to serve as a bridge. That log has been washed away, and I didn't see a simple way to cross without getting wet (or mixing with fast moving water). If you continue towards Ritter, however, there a boulder field you can easily cross that leads to a trail that goes toward Ritter. Jul 19, 2018