Mt. Abbot - 13,704 ft.

Tue. Aug 7, 2001 (6a start)

RT Distance: 10.0 miles

Elev. Gain: 3464 ft.

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In terms of time, Mt. Abbot is probably the easiest of the Emblem peaks as it has the shortest approach and involves only 10 miles distance, roundtrip. It has 6 miles of cross-country travel, however, and the climbing above the couloir is class 3.

The trailhead for Mt. Abbot is located at Mosquito Flat, at the very end of the road going into Little Lakes Valley. At 10,240 ft, it is the highest drive-in location in all of the Sierras, and as such is very popular. The large parking lot closest to the trailhead is often full, requiring hikers to park as far back as a mile from the trailhead. An early start usually ensures a parking spot close in. There is no parking fee for day use (or for overnight, for that matter). Camping is available at numerous spots along the road.

The North Couloir is not usually difficult to climb, although it is quite steep near the top. Be sure not to take the couloir to the right which leads to the col between Mts. Abbot and Mills (where there is a cool spire called the "Petite Griffon"). The rock is loose on this peak, and you will likely see evidence of rockfall embedded in the upper portions of the couloir. A helmet is advised if climbers are ahead of you, and you should be careful about knocking rock down on those below. The climbing above the glacier is exciting class 3. There are a number cairns in this section to guide you, but there are several routes one could choose and remain in class 3. Be careful though, as many routes lead to class 4+ climbing. There is a short knife edge on the summit plateau. If you find yourself climbing on anything above class 3, rest assured there is an easier way you missed.

6a start at the trailhead, end of the road into Mosquito Flat.


Bob Burd
David Wright


8hr45m Bob Burd, David Wright Aug 7, 2001
10hr30m Ron Karpel et. al. Aug 19, 2000
12hr+ Tony Cruz et. al. Aug 3, 1997
12hr+ Greg Johnson et. al. Aug 15, 2003

Multi-day Trip Reports

Aug 27, 1983Graham Breakwell
Jun 8, 1995Steve Eckert
Sep 16, 1995Aaron Schuman
Aug 31, 1997David Harris
Sep 8, 1998Bob Burd
Sep 19, 1998Mitch Miller
199?Gary Craig

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