Mount Conness West Ridge

Lee Vining, California

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The western side of Mt. Conness is a series of convoluted ridges and gullies rising above the deep blue waters of Roosevelt Lake. The west ridge is the most southerly of these and forms the border with the great southwest face. The arete is about 1,500 feet and tremendously exposed at times. The rock is excellent, offering fine-grained granite with many finger cracks. This is really more of a rib than a ridge, averaging no more than 20 feet in most places, with two precarious notches to traverse along the way.

Mount Conness: West Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"The western side of Mt. Conness is a series of convoluted ridges and gullies rising above the deep blue waters of Roosevelt Lake. The west ridge is the most southerly of these and forms the border with the great southwest face. The arete is about 1,500 feet and tremendously exposed at times. The rock is excellent, offering fine-grained granite with many finger cracks. This is really more of a rib than a ridge, averaging no more than 20 feet in most places, with two precarious notches to traverse along the way."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Lee Vining
Class: Class 5.6 - 5.8
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park; Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Tioga Pass
Grade: Grade III
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Conness: West Ridge

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May 2018