split mountain - south face

by bran

may 21 - 2019

big pine, ca

split mountain isn’t the most technical or strenuous california 14er, but its a total slog to get to the trailhead and to get to the base of the mountain.  the low red lake trailhead (6,500’) makes for a nearly 8k vertical climb to the summit, with 15 miles round trip. i teamed up with my instagram friend sayer (@swayzar) for an awesome 2 day excursion to climb and ski (or splitboard in his case) the mountain.

the drive from 395 to the trailhead is a bit challenging to navigate, and a high clearance vehicle is mandatory in my opinion.  i rented a truck for the weekend to get it done and scoured the internet to plan the drive. here’s a gps breakdown of the route we took to the trailhead. we didn’t cross any private property to follow this route.

photo by  @swayzar

photo by @swayzar