Mount Russell

Lone Pine, California

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An elegant fourteener featuring a long, exposed ridge, the longest in this guidebook. This fine ascent takes you away from the crowds on Mount Whitney. With its long ridge, Mount Russell dwarfs the Whitney massif in bulk, though it has to submit in height. Because of its geometry, many climbers consider Mount Russell to be the most aesthetically pleasing peak in the Whitney region. It has two summits, both over 14,000 feet, with the west one being the high point. Many technical routes adorn its flanks. The route described here, first climbed by Norman Clyde in 1926, is a classic ridge route. The penultimate section is a magnificent ascent up the east arĂȘte (ridge), with thousands of feet of exposure on either side. For all that, it is technically quite easy.

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"An elegant fourteener featuring a long, exposed ridge, the longest in this guidebook. This fine ascent takes you away from the crowds on Mount Whitney. With its long ridge, Mount Russell dwarfs the Whitney massif in bulk, though it has to submit in height. Because of its geometry, many climbers consider Mount Russell to be the most aesthetically pleasing peak in the Whitney region. It has two summits, both over 14,000 feet, with the west one being the high point. Many technical routes adorn its flanks. The route described here, first climbed by Norman Clyde in 1926, is a classic ridge route. The penultimate section is a magnificent ascent up the east arĂȘte (ridge), with thousands of feet of exposure on either side. For all that, it is technically quite easy."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 5,686 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class 3
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,400 feet
Top Elevation: 14,086 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest
Local Maps: Southern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Mount Whitney
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Russell

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