Trip Report
Young Lakes and Ragged Peak (aka Conness Attempt)
Wednesday May 15, 2013 5:47pm
Around this time of year, I start getting restless for Tuolumne even if I haven’t spent enough time in the Valley to justify the itch. Fortunately, Tioga Pass opened last Saturday, so I didn’t have to wait long before satisfying my lust for the highlands.

Packing up near Lembert after getting a Young Lakes permit
Packing up near Lembert after getting a Young Lakes permit
Credit: yosguns

When we left the Bay Area around 7:30am, Victor, Sean, and I had our eyes set on Conness though we had no idea what the snow conditions would be. We probably started hiking a little late from Lembert (around 2:30pm) to make it to Young Lakes in time for a comfortable camp.

Stream crossing near Delaney Creek en route to Young Lakes
Stream crossing near Delaney Creek en route to Young Lakes
Credit: yosguns

Victor and Sean in Delaney Creek Meadow
Victor and Sean in Delaney Creek Meadow
Credit: yosguns

Victor and me near Delaney Creek
Victor and me near Delaney Creek
Credit: yosguns

Delaney Creek crossing...burrrrr!
Delaney Creek crossing...burrrrr!
Credit: yosguns


We reached the Dingley Creek Meadow beneath Ragged Peak before putting on snowshoes.

Sean and me in Dingley Creek Meadow
Sean and me in Dingley Creek Meadow
Credit: yosguns

The trail was covered with snow, so a "minor" navigational error sent us east rather than west... We went about a mile roundtrip in the wrong direction, up the bowl to the northeast of the meadow.

Wrong side of Dingley Creek Meadow
Wrong side of Dingley Creek Meadow
Credit: yosguns

When we made it back to the western side of Ragged, we picked up what we thought was the trail for a while, but eventually traversed too high up the ridge to make it to our destination before dark. After heinous postholing in snowshoes for about an hour (falling through to our chests with air below us), we descended to the trees to set up camp. We missed our Young Lakes goal by a half-mile or so and were at camp two hours later than expected. In all, we had hiked a little over seven miles. We made some mac and cheese and pb&js for dinner and were all pretty exhausted and satisfied with the level of suffering that had just occurred. Victor spent the night coughing, having caught a cold that was going around our household a week before. The temperature was surprisingly mild, around 25 or 30 degrees(?).

Camp near Young Lakes trail
Camp near Young Lakes trail
Credit: yosguns

That night, I had strange dreams about a bear the size of an Escalade after Sean, in a half-sleep state, yelled, “Bear!” as I was falling asleep.

The next morning, we got up around 7am, too late for us to make an attempt at Conness after our performance the day before, though we entertained the idea of making a go for a little while.

Do I really have to put these back on?!?
Do I really have to put these back on?!?
Credit: yosguns

Instead, we put on crampons and hiked toward Young Lakes to attempt to drop back into the meadow via the bowl to the southeast of Ragged Peak rather than back the way we came through the posthole minefield.

Sean breaking trail up to the Ragged Peak saddle
Sean breaking trail up to the Ragged Peak saddle
Credit: yosguns

Lower Young Lake in the background
Lower Young Lake in the background
Credit: yosguns

It blinds us!!
It blinds us!!
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Success! And a little tag of Ragged Peak as well.

View of Cathedral Range from Ragged Peak saddle
View of Cathedral Range from Ragged Peak saddle
Credit: yosguns

Victor and Sean on Ragged with Conness in the background
Victor and Sean on Ragged with Conness in the background
Credit: yosguns

You look familiar!
You look familiar!
Credit: yosguns

Victor and I made it back to the stables around 2:30pm. Sean had run ahead and had some cold beverages ready at the car when we got back. We nursed our wounds for about an hour before saying goodbyes.

Victor had taken Monday off, so we went to the East Side to reward ourselves with a stop at the Mobil and a soak in hot springs before driving to the Valley to try to get on some rock the next day. The hot springs did wonders for our aches and pains, a lovely way to end the suffering.

Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest
Credit: yosguns

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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 15, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
high country stoke!
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  May 15, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Yahoo! Love the early season gettin'-after-it sessions.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  May 15, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Love the photos and it was great meeting you guys in Yosemite. Hope we run into each other some place on the east side too!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  May 15, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Delaney Creek looks full and chilly. Nice TR, brings back the stoke for TM. Ragged is a nice consolation prize for not getting on Conness. I love the view from there.
yosguns

climber
San Mateo, California
Author's Reply  May 15, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
Thanks for the comments!! Vitaliy, definitely a pleasure to meet you and I'm sure we'll see you soon. And agreed, Ragged was the easiest and most pleasant part of our weekend!
QITNL

climber
  May 15, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Must have been you I saw heading out over the saddle.

Credit: QITNL

Credit: QITNL

Small world.
yosguns

climber
San Mateo, California
Author's Reply  May 15, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Yeah! That was us! Sean is ahead and Victor and I are below. We followed footprints up and saw some snowshoe tracks to the left. Those must have been yours. Thanks for chiming in.

Aw shucks, just saw this. I'm late to the party: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2092923&msg=2138368#msg2138368
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  May 15, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Bomber tr!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  May 15, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Nice TR! Thanks for sharing it.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
  May 15, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
Great early trip! What a great place back there. Postholing as you describe makes 100' seem almost like a mile at times; tedious.
Some Random Guy

climber
  May 15, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
everyone is headed for conness huh? nice to get away :)
10b4me

climber
  May 16, 2013 - 12:39am PT
TFPU
Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
  May 16, 2013 - 12:58am PT
Thank you so much for sharing. Lovely photos! Lovely weather!!

So beautiful up there... I cannot wait to get back up... !
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  May 16, 2013 - 01:05am PT
These photos and TR made me smile... huge like.

TFPU!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  May 16, 2013 - 10:02am PT
Looks like a blast! Thanks for the stoke.
eKat

Trad climber
  May 16, 2013 - 10:06am PT
TFPU©, indeed!
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
  May 16, 2013 - 10:12am PT
That last pic looks like Hilltop hot springs. So envious.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  May 16, 2013 - 11:12am PT
Yahoooo! What a great little trip. Little bit of everything. Some sufferin'.......some summitin'....I could smell the high country scotch pine in my nostrils reading this. Thanks for the report. See you out there this season. How were the skeeters?

Scott
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
  May 16, 2013 - 11:24am PT
great TR and early season romp. Way to get out there!
yosguns

climber
San Mateo, California
Author's Reply  May 16, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
We noticed some mosquitoes near Lembert, but not many up higher. They were eating Victor on Monday on the approach to Higher Cathedral Rock, however.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  May 16, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Awesome!

SHort shorts, and the neville
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
  May 16, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Damn, Sean's whiter than me!
photonez

Big Wall climber
San Jose, Armpit of the Bay!
  May 16, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Haha, apparently I'm not the only one that yells bear while sleeping.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 16, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Sweet!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  May 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
That's the good stuff. Thanks for posting. Love the pic from the Ragged summit.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
  May 18, 2013 - 12:21am PT
I love a TR that makes me miss TM...like this one. Nice! Thanks for bringing us along!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
  May 18, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Beautiful....all of it. Thanks!
msiddens

Trad climber
  May 18, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Nice fun- tell Sean put his shirt back on
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