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Routes in Little Lakes Peak

NE Ridge direct T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
NNW Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
NNW Ridge direct T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Description

In the midst of the Rock Creek valley, between Box Lake, Chickenfoot Lake, Morgan Pass, and Mt Morgan. Great views of the higher peaks from Bear Creek Spire to Mt Mills, and down to many pretty lakes. Rock is mostly granite talus, with some more solid climbable granite on sections of some ridges (esp NNW + NW). Often recommended to do along a traverse to (higher) Mt Morgan.

No trail to the summit. Nearest maintained trail is the Morgan Pass hiking trail from the Mosquito Flats trailhead parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.4352 W118.7470) - (altitude 10240ft / 3122m).

Easiest way to the top is usually said to be hiking/scrambling up the South face from the trail at Morgan Pass.

NNW ridge and NE ridge have lots of class 5 climbing sections, though perhaps many of them can be avoided, so some guidebooks and reports suggest that their difficulty could be kept within class 4.

Two guidebooks say that the SW ridge has some class 5 sections in its lower part. One climber reported he avoided this by starting on the W face and joining the SW ridge higher up.

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Getting There

driving: Rt 395 to Toms Place (north of Bishop + Mt Whitney, south of Mammoth Lakes + Yosemite). Turn SSW onto the Rock Creek road and continue SSW about 10.5 miles / 17km to its end at the Mosquito Flats trailhead - GPS latitude longitude approx (N37.4352 W118.7471) . (elevation approx 10245 ft / 3123 meters). Snow is not plowed to the end in winter or early spring.

approach: Hike on the Morgan Pass hiking trail- [ see on Map ] - then leave where convenient to reach desired climbing route. For the NNW Ridge or NE Ridge likely it's useful to leave the hiking trail at around (N37.4127 W118.7564).

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