The Cirque above Nelson Lake, as seen from the Mat...
Peak 11,357, aka Rafferty Peak, is an alpine granite wall in Yosemite National Park. The cirque towers over Nelson Lake, and consists of many different walls, towers, and peaks. Consult Secor's Sierra guidebook for more information.
The most direct way from Toulumne Meadows is to hike the trail to Elizabeth lake (it start in the campground). When almost to the lake, branch off left on an unmarked trail that will take you South, up and over a pass, and down into the Echo Creek drainage.
You will need to get to Nelson Lake, which is on the next fork of Echo Creek to the East. This could be accomplished by hiking up and over a ridge, or following the trail until the two forks merge, then turning back north to Nelson Lake.
Once at the lake, the wall will be obvious.
Obviously, consult a topo map to supplement my meager description. Most of the "trails" referred to seem to be unmaintained trails, so they might be tough to follow.
As for approach time, I was with someone who sort of knew where we were going, and with full packs (climbing and bivy gear), it took us about 4 hours. Your time may very depending on how lost you get.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Peak 11,357:
Boss Man 5.11 Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600 feet, Grade III
Boss Man is a new route on Peak 11,357 in the Toulumne high country. Expect adventure getting out here and climbing the route, but we were pleasantly surprised by the rock quality and cleanliness. I won't go into too much detail, because the topo made by the FA team is excellent.A few comments of my own:-The first pitch is definitely the standout crux lead. With tricky, strenuous pro and sustained climbing, this one will get you warmed up in a hurry.-It seemed pretty straightforward to link P3&4...[more]Browse More Classics in CA