Southeast Face, Mt. Emerson 5.4


High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2-4 hours
Approach time: 45 minutes - 1.5 hours
Descent time: 1.5 - 3 hours
Number of pitches: N/A
Height of route: 2000'
With a breathtaking summit view of many surrounding Sierra Peaks, Mount Emerson (13,204) is an easy-to-access peak just outside the town of Bishop. It is a rare, enjoyable Sierra peak that can be completed quickly. With a short approach and straightforward, easy climbing, the Southeast Face can be done in a half day by soloists, or a short but full day for teams roping up. It is similar to Laurel Mountain, but even higher quality climbing. Since the route follows an obvious chimney feature, the routefinding is easy, and the final ridge traverse to the summit is fun and exposed with spectacular views. This makes a great first Sierra Peak, or easy adventure if you only have one day free to climb.
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Mt. Emerson - Southeast Face 5.4 - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Overview of Mount Emerson, Mount Humphreys and Basin Mountain.
Photo: Luke Lydiard
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