Mount Ritter

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The following information was submitted by Alan Ritter:

Mt. Ritter is one of the classic Sierra Nevada Peaks. Lying just south of Yosemite National Park and just west of the Mammoth Mountain ski area, it is approachable with a day's hike from the Agnew Meadows trailhead. Various routes up the mountain range in difficulty from class 2 and low class 3 snow and scrambling to difficult and dangerous class 4 and 5 technical rock climbs.

For an illustrated description of one of the easier routes up Mt. Ritter, refer to the route description near the bottom of A quote from Muir regarding his first ascent in 1872 can be found near the top of the report, as well.

The following information was submitted by Bob Oppermann:

Easiest approach is from Lake Ediza. Take trail North out of Agnew Meadows. Take Shadow Lake Trail to Lake Ediza, which is located at end of the trail. When you arrive at Ediza, you will see two dominant peaks. They are Mt Banner on your right, and Mt Ritter on the left. Camp at far end of lake, near the inlet. For your approach, follow the inlet stream towards the Ritter-Banner Saddle. From this view, you want to aim towards the left side of the mountain. There are many ways to get to the top of the parallel bluff. Find a way, and angle towards where the glacier meets the mountain. A little ways beyond this point is a 3rd class couloir. Scramble up here, and follow your nose to the summit. My favorite view of the Sierra. On a clear day, you can see Half-Dome. I first summited this mountain on a memorable day in 1978 with my best-friend Dana Turman, and his brother Richard. Since then, I have climbed it 2 or 3 times. It is so magestic, towering above everything in sight. I hope you enjoy your journey to this wonderful mountain. I know that it is a place that I never get tired of. For more information and other routes, look up The High Sierra; Peaks, Passes, and Trails by R.J. Secor and The Mountaineers. For a view of this mountain, check the cover of The Pacific Crest Trail Vol 1 by Schaffer, Schifrin, Winnett, Jenkins.

Elevation (feet): 13,143
Elevation (meters): 4,006
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.6894
Longitude: -119
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1872
Nearest major airport: Reno or San Francisco

Trip Reports

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

There are 11 trip reports for Mount Ritter.

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  • Log #9079 - by Morgan Brown on Jan 30, 2004
    Highlihgt of a 3-day trip into the Ansel Adams wildnerness. Really, it was our first snow climb, and first use of crampons/axe. Lots of ice, as the previous year's snowfall was low.
  • Log #9080 - by Kyle Fischer on Oct 01, 2003
    This mountain is a real alpine California. As that was a light snow year, the ice was pretty hard. Smoke from a forest fire killed some views to the south and of the Clark Range.
  • Log #9081 - by Peter on Aug 18, 2003
    Mt. Ritter - finally made it on 08/16/03 (06/14/03 I did not make it to the top due to heavy snowpack!). I planed this climb as a one-day trip and, although with some extreme fatigue, I succeeded. I...
  • Log #9082 - by Bob on Aug 17, 2003
    My friend Richard and I Had backpacked to Thousand Island then to Ediza. We took a layover day at Ediza expressly to climb Ritter. There was a very heavy snow pack that year and there was a lot of...
  • Log #9090 - by Bob Oppermann on Sep 26, 2001
    I love the way this mountain towers above all that it surrounds. It is so majestic. I probably hold it in romantic esteem for the memory of my first time up it than for anything else, but regardless...
  • Log #9083 - by Bryan E Couch on Jan 18, 2001
    Ritter is a great climb, went up the south east glacier without seeing a sole. It was a great view from the top and was great to know I was standing where john muir once stood. Hope to climb it again...
  • Log #9084 - by Craig Peer on June 15, 2000
    Climbed a variation of the Southeast Glacier route between the standard route and the Clyde variation with Alice T. Very nice snow and rock route, class 3+, great view. Called my mom in Roseville...
  • Log #9085 - by Eric Van De VErg on Mar 28, 2000
    I climbed Mt. Ritter in late July or early August1959, when I was 14 years old. I went with two other scouts and a leader of my scout troop. The troop had camped at the junction of the Shadow Lake to...
  • Log #9086 - by Jim Leininger on Jan 06, 2000
    I only made it to the start of the final ice filed, but to of my buddies, Chris Singleton and Sean Mejia, made it to the top - both are much younger and had the proper equipment. A beautiful mountain...
  • Log #9088 - by Alan Ritter on Oct 11, 1999
    It took seven attempts over a 14-year period to succeed in summitting my namesake peak. It was worth every minute of the effort!
  • Log #9089 - by YURY VICENTE LOPEZ on Aug 07, 1999
    Beautiful climb I took the south west glacier to the saddle and then shoot straight up to half way then went around to the top time from 7:00 am to the top at 1:30 pm going down i follow the route to...