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Mountaineering: Split Mountain via North Ridge

Summit elevation: 14,058 feet
13 miles with 8,100 feet of climbing
Split Mountain • Route Profile
Route Profile

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

Split Mountain • Red Lake Trailhead
Red Lake Trailhead
Split Mountain • Rockfall
Rockfall
Split Mountain • Alpenglow
Alpenglow
Split Mountain • Split / Tinemaha Saddle
Split / Tinemaha Saddle
Split Mountain • East Approach
East Approach
Split Mountain • Split / Prater Saddle
Split / Prater Saddle
Split Mountain • North Ridge
North Ridge
Split Mountain • Summit
Summit
Split Mountain • Polemonium
Polemonium
Split Mountain • Summit
Summit
Split Mountain • Summit Register
Summit Register
Split Mountain • Red Lake
Red Lake
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Split Mountain • Personal Notes

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.
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