Mount Russell

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Mount Russell is a beautiful peak, located immediately north of Mount Whitney (14,494 ft.), the highest point in the contiguous United States. Mount Russell's proximity to Whitney has led to its popularity, and a variety of routes have been used to reach its twin summits. The south face of the mountain, visible from the summit of Whitney, is a twisted mass of buttresses and couloirs. The less-frequently seen west face is even more spectacular, consisting of a strikingly sheer 800-foot wall.

Elevation (feet): 14,086
Elevation (meters): 4,293
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.5908
Longitude: -118.288
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1926
First successful climber(s): Norman Clyde
Nearest major airport: Los Angeles, California, Reno, Nevada
Convenient Center: Lone Pine, California

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 26 trip reports for Mount Russell.

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  • Log #21332 - by Bob Oppermann on July 06, 2008
    Camping at Upper Boy Scout Lake the night before, we left camp at 6:05am. We trudged up the scree ridge, arriving at the col around 10:30. After a short break we headed up the East Ridge. The East...
  • Log #21265 - by Louis on Apr 24, 2008
    Along the east ridge from the Russell-Carillon col over the east peak to the taller west peak. Nice air in places along the ridge but nothing technical. The best part was the view of Whitney with a...
  • Log #6708 - by T on Oct 28, 2004
    Wanted to solo Mithral in the snow. The approach was rough. Bivyed at the base, Started the climb at two A.M. Sollid base with moderate mixed.
  • Log #6711 - by Tom on Sep 30, 2004
    Did Mithral at night. Topped out at 3am. Traversed over to Whitney and on to Keeler then Day Needle. Rapped down east side of Day to the ridge.
  • Log #6715 - by Lars Ensign & Christine Wilson on Sep 29, 2004
    Summitted via Mithril Dihedral in 8 hours from the base. Very cold, glad we brought down duvet. Crux dihedral wide, Croft guide recommendation of triple cams 1.5" - 2.
  • Log #6716 - by David S. Lawyer on Mar 16, 20044 Stars
    I was 16 years old and hitchhiked from Pasadena to Owens Valley with a plan to go backpacking in the Sierras. A couple of young men gave me a ride in Owens Valley who planned to climb a Mt. Russel...
  • Log #6717 - by Dustin Baker on Nov 26, 2003
    Had an enjoyable hike up the North Fork of the Lone Pine Creek and southeast slopes and on to climb the exposed East Arete.
  • Log #6718 - by Mike Russell on Oct 01, 2003
    We had a great time climbing the airy east ridge. We downclimbed the South Slope, dropped to Iceberg Lake and had jaw-dropping views of Whitney and Keeler Needle.
  • Log #6719 - by Jaya Smith on Sep 16, 2003
    There was a bit of rain and hail on the way up, but it was fantastic climbing. It turned out to be a bit harder than we thought it would due to the offwidth section that doesn't appear in the...
  • Log #6720 - by Todd Cantor on Sep 04, 2003
    We had spent the last two days getting rained and snowed on due to a stroke of bad weather in the Whitney region and Friday turned into a summit or bail day. Tony, Todd and I started from Iceberg...
  • Log #6721 - by Dinah Beres on Sep 01, 2003
    In 1993 I turned back between 1st pinacle and East Summit. In 2002, wanting a victory over my prior fear and inexperience, I made East Summit by 10:30, but my mountaineering friend had turn back then...
  • Log #6722 - by Gordon Zabrecky on Aug 16, 2003
    Started from the portal on a Friday after visiting the DBL the night before. Me and my buddy Jeff Cross hiked upto upper boy scout lake and camped for the day. Nice trip up. Next morning we just took...
  • Log #6723 - by Dave Farfalla on July 09, 2003
    On July 5th Doug and I hiked to Upper Boy Scout Lake from Whitney Portal, set up camp, ate, enjoyed the lake, and hit the sack to rest for the following day. Saturday we set out at about 7 am toward...
  • Log #6724 - by Reuben Gerber on Sep 10, 2002
    day hike from the portal up north fork, made it to the slabs for the sunrise... spectacular. up the talus two steps up one step back, up the east arete.Got buzzed by a f-15 between the east and west...
  • Log #6725 - by marius on July 29, 2002
    Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake, hiked past Iceberg, to the notch in the saddle between Whitney and Russell. Scrambled up the main chute, easy 3rd class. Exit chute on left when it ends, moves on...
  • Log #6726 - by Josh on Nov 24, 2001
    This was the eleventh peak of my CA 14er speed tour. After bagging Muir and Whitney, I descended Whitney's North Face to the low point between Whitney and Russell. Then I cruised up the Class 3...
  • Log #6727 - by Steve Harvey on Oct 03, 2001
    I live in Mississippi. We don't even have hills. My brother took me climbing up this mount. We didn't make the summit, but I had the most exciting time in my entire life.
  • Log #6728 - by Russell Gale on May 01, 2001
    Started from the Whitney Portal about 4:45am and made my way up to Mt Russell via Upper Boy Scout Lake and the Eastern ridge. A challenging climb and quite windy along the eastern ridge. Then...
  • Log #6729 - by Kelly Harriger on Mar 12, 2001
    Party of two climbed Mt. Russell over Thanksgiving weekend of 1999, which was a very dry fall and early winter without much snow. We were just climbing the last bottleneck section onto the...
  • Log #6730 - by Vic Hanson on Aug 07, 2000
    What an awesome climb! There were 5 of us that camped at Lone Pine Campground and did the day hike from Whitney Portal. We went up the skree field from Upper Boy Scout Lake and up the East Arete. I...
  • Log #6731 - by Ken Murray on Apr 12, 2000
    wonderful solo hike. Exposure sobering. Beautiful weather, a few others doing the climb. A classic
  • Log #6732 - by Alberto Nannarelli on Mar 29, 2000
    I got lost in the Lone Pine Creek Fork!
  • Log #6733 - by Les Debbold on Jan 25, 2000
    Wow, it has been quite a few years since I climbed this peak with my friend and Class III mentor Eric Linstadt. This web site prompted me to sign in. I think it might have been August of 1978 or 79....
  • Log #6734 - by Charles Foster on Jan 06, 2000
    One of my favorite day hikes. Be ready for some great exposure; lots of folks are turned back by the big air on the east arete. For a preview check out...
  • Log #6735 - by Brent Harder on Dec 08, 1999
    Nick Soleberg and I climbed this cool peak via the East Arete route. Since we climbed this Mountain in late November we got some weather. It started snowing on us and got bitterly cold. We climbed...
  • Log #6737 - by Joel D. Goldberg on Sep 02, 1999
    I can't believe nobody has signed this log. What a rush the East Arete is!!!! Class three climbing at it's finest. The heralded exposure lived up to it's reputation. Close enough to Whitney to see...