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Routes in Mt. Emerson

North Couloir T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b AI2
Southeast Face (aka the Waterfall Route) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Description

Named in 1873 by John Muir after the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mt. Emerson is a frequently overlooked Sierra peak. RJ Secor (The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes & Trails) describes 5 routes that will satisfy both mixed route aficionados and scramblers alike. Additional information on the N Face is available from Moynier & Fiddler in California's High Sierra.

  • W Ridge (Class 3 from Piute Pass)
  • S Slope (Class 3 from 0.25 miles past Loch Leven)
  • SE Face (5.4 chimney, leaving the Piute Pass trail before Loch Leven)
  • SW Ridge (Class 3 from the couloir between Piute Crags and Emerson)
  • N Face (Class 4 mixed route from the cirque between Peak 1)

Getting There

For all routes but the N Face:
Passenger cars OK. From central Bishop head W on highway 168 (aka W Line Street) for ~18 miles, passing the S Lake turn-off. Take the right-hand turn onto N Lake Rd. In early the season the road is gated and this will add ~1.7 miles to the trailhead. Unless you are camping at the N Lake campground you will need to park at the large hiker lot and walk the ~0.4 miles to the trailhead. From the campground take the trail toward Piute Pass.

For the N Face:
High clearance required, 4x4 recommended. From central Bishop head W on highway 168 (aka W Line Street) for ~10 miles to Dutch Johns Meadows Road (unmarked) behind an old wilderness kiosk on your right. Head SW the due W along the road, taking a left-hand fork at ~6.2 miles toward the McGee Creek trailhead. Cross country toward the S Fork of McGee Creek. Aim for the cirque between Checkered Demon (Peak 13,112) and Emerson.

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Gracie
Yosemite, CA
Gracie   Yosemite, CA
Greetings Folks! I found a camera this past weekend in the boulder field, near the base of the waterfall route on Mt. Emerson, that had been sitting out there for quite a while. If this rings a bell to you, and you have been searching near and far for your camera/pictures, send me an email! Tell me some details about yourself and a description of the camera, so I can get it back to its rightful owner. Aug 11, 2015
Todd Townsend
Bishop, CA
Todd Townsend   Bishop, CA
Keep in mind that some people refer to this as the "waterfall route." As far as I know, the gate is still closed at Aspendell, so there will be some extra mileage as well. Having said that, have fun and don't forget to fill us in on how it went. Apr 14, 2014

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