Mount Ritter

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

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.