Trouble at 5:00 AM when I couldn't find then trailhead. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de mai à octobre. Now that I’m back in California, I want to experience as much as I can and make up for lost time. The clear day gave us a pristine overview of Sierra’s eastern front, showing countless peaks along the range as it towered over the valley below us. The tail I super exposed so do what you have to do to protect yourself. An experienced rock climber may have thought my route a walk in the park, but I felt like I was hanging on for dear life as I made my way up, with luck allowing me safe passage to the chute. Was I always this out of shape, or was the elevation making things tougher than I anticipated? The approach ends after you cross the moraine splitting the two halves of Middle Palisade Glacier. I personally wouldn't follow the recording around finger lake as it's better to be on the west side of the lake (you gradually gain elevation up to the glacier on the "trail" on the west wide as opposed to having to ascend loose scree if you come up the way it's shown on the map). But we weren’t starting in the Sierras; since both of us live near sea level, we decided to first acclimatize by climbing White Mountain – a 14,252-ft peak that is the only 14er in the lower 48 states outside of the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada, and the Rocky Mountains. As for starting the actual route, avoid going up the red banks section. Follow the use trail to the right of Finger Lake and takes you to the ridge which splits the middle Palisade glacier. Whitney. Look for slings above - they're not rap anchors but instead are holds. We found our way down to the Red Rock alternate which proved a much safer descent then trying to downclimb either of the routes Mugwort and I took on our way up. When we were 2/3rds of the way to the top, we passed a group of three climbers – two of whom had just completed all 15 California fourteeners with their ascent of Middle Palisade – on their way back down. At the base of the mountain proper, we were received a vertical wall that seemed insurmountable to us as non-climbers. Nice meeting you on the summit. The clouds opened up on me at about 3 miles from the TH. We clambered our way to what we momentarily thought might have been a false summit before seeing the blue sky before us. As much as I wish I could say the descent was uneventful, that wasn’t the case. The trail will take you to the end of the lake on the left side; cross to the right over some boulders at the lake’s outflow to begin ascending towards the glacier. Follow cairns as you continue south over a higher, rocky area. Pretty much everyone else on the trail today was in the same boat. Middle Palisade is such a enjoyable peak to climb up. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. First stretch to Finger Lake is easy trail. Started hiking at 3:30 a.m., reached Braineird Lake at 6:00 a.m., went up the far right chute to Finger Lake, then crossed the outlet of the lake, climbing over class 2 boulders up to the ridge. The Sierras look very different late in summer, but there’s still little that compares to their majesty. Great hike. I was solo and didn't want to risk anything. Elevation Gain/Loss:  7,680/7,680ft Yes, 2 days. Also, the first mile and a half is a bit overgrown right now. It's not technical, so no need for rope, but just beware of dislodging some loose rock if there's anything below you. Thoroughly freaking myself out and wishing for a partner on a confusing wall of quality granite. Epic trip! ( Log Out /  Aim for the cleft between the Palisade and Middle Palisade glaciers. This was a brutal hike, but doable. This also has lots of cairns. Up to the top across the glacier and down in a two night trip. Also, the way the snow is melted at the top of the glacier just under the rock wall there is a deep crevice that made me worried since I was by myself.