Mt. Ritter - 13,143 ft.

Mon. Aug 6, 2001 (6a start)

RT Distance: 18.0 miles

Elev. Gain: 5283 ft.

Map Detail Map Parking Map Climbing Route Etymology

The trailhead for Mt. Ritter is located at Agnews Meadow, a short distance off CA203. This road has restricted access, as it is very narrow, one-lane in many places, yet quite popular. By car you can enter before 7:30a or after 5:30p. During other daylight times you must take the shuttle bus. Once your car is inside, you can leave at anytime. Check with the Park Service if you need more information. For a dayhike this restriction is not usually problematic, as you are likely to want an early start anyways. There is a NP fee (per vehicle) for entering the Devils Postpile area. Camping is available at Agnews Meadows and other locations inside Devils Postpile NM, but reservations are highly recommended in summer. There are several trailheads you can use that all lead to the main trail, off to the west.

The first few miles head downhill until you cross the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin. You will enjoy this uphill section on the return at the end of the day. :)

The Southeast Glacier is not usually difficult to climb, although ice axe and crampons are recommended. Access to the glacier is slightly tricky. If you follow the confusing description provided by Secor, you may have difficult route-finding. This route goes up through the section marked "Cliffs" on the detail map. The easiest route follows up the left (east) side of these cliffs where the climbing is all class 2-3. Once you reach the glacier in the upper reaches, you can choose to climb on the glacier itself or the rock along the right edge, depending on your preference.

6a start from the trailhead at Agnews Meadow parking lot.


Bob Burd


9hr:40m Oct 10, 1998 Bob Burd
13hr:00m Sep 27, 1997 Jim Ramaker/Arun Mahajan
13hr:50m Jun 25, 1994 Pete Yamagata/Jan ?

Multi-day Trip Reports

Sep 1, 1992Larry Sasscer
Aug 19, 1995Kelly Maas
Jun 21, 1996Alan Ritter
Aug 9, 1998Ron Karpel
Jun 19, 1999Larry Tidball
Oct 3, 1999Craig Clarence
Sep 6, 1999Craig Clarence
Aug 20, 2000Dave Calvert
Oct 1, 2000Jim Ramaker

For corrections or comments, or to have other trip reports for this peak referenced here, please send feedback to: