Summit elevation: 14,058 feet
13 miles with 8,100 feet of climbing
Split Mountain • Description
At 14,058 feet, Split Mountain is one of the California fourteeners. The North Ridge is the most common route, with an Eastern Approach via Red Lake and a Western Approach via the John Muir Trail.
A 12.5-mile dirt road leads to Red Lake Trailhead. The often times steep trail follows Red Mountain Creek on the right side of the canyon. From Red Lake, the route leads up to the saddle between Split Mountain and Mount Tinemaha. A ridge continues to lead up to the saddle between Split Mountain and Mount Prater (class 3 rubble and talus at the top). From here, Split Mountain North Ridge leads up to the summit.
A permit is required.
Split Mountain • Interactive Map
Split Mountain • Pictures
Red Lake Trailhead
Split / Tinemaha Saddle
Split / Prater Saddle
Bob N., Rick W., and I climbed Split Mountain via its North Ridge. On day one we hiked up to Red Lake, on day two we summited, and at night we hiked back down to beat the heat.
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Climbing & Mountaineering
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