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Mt. Conness (named after former California senator John Conness) straddles Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, forming the eastern border of the Park. It is the third highest peak in Yosemite National Park (first is Mt. Lyell at 13,114 ft, second is Mt. Dana at 13,061 ft). The Conness Glacier lies to the east.
The most direct way to approach both the North Ridge and West Ridge routes is from the trailhead at Saddlebag Lake (10,060'). A longer approach from Tuolumne Meadows to Young Lakes is also possible. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for the approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Conness:
North Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c Trad, Alpine
West Ridge, Mount Conness 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'
South West Face (Harding) Route 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'
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North Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Mt. Conness
The North Ridge of Conness is a striking line. I would call it more of a "ridge scramble" than an actual rock climb, so if you are expecting a technical rock route, you might be a little let down. With the exception of 2 short rappels at the Second Tower (bypassed by easy 5th class downclimbing), the rest of the route is 3rd and 4th class.Even if soloing the route, count on a full day, as you will be covering a lot of ground.Refer to the "Location" section below for general approa...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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