What a treat! Andy Zdon, author of my most dog-eared guidebook, stopped by to say hi at the trailhead. Here he is signing Cori's well-sed copy of Desert Summits.
We took the Warren Fork approach to Mt Warren, and the wildflowers were beautiful along the initial stretch of trail.
Larkspur along the trail.
Such a colorful stretch!
Monkshood. Shortly after this patch of flowers we leave the comfort of trail and head straight up a wooded slope to the east.
After some climbing we come to this abrupt ending to the forest at this pile of talus.
We follow the edge of the talus pile along a creek.
The creek we are walking along is gorgeous!
The next stage of our climb is now visible. The peak is not yet in sight. We need to head to the low 'U' notch on the ridge.
There is our chute.
We have some grassy walking for a bit at the bottom of the chute, but it quickly gives way to rock.
At the bottom of the chute.
This picture shows the approximate slope. Steep but not too bad.
Looking up the chute. The rock was pretty good - some loose but mostly stable.
And looking back down the chute from higher up.
Another shot of the slope. Mt Dana peeking out in the distance.=
We found a small patch of snow about half way up the chute. Refreshing!
Cori near the top of the chute.
Looking back down from near the top of the chute.
Tioga Peak viewed from the top of the chute.
From the top of the chute we finally have a view of the summit of Mt Warren. It's just over there! We're also starting to pay more attention to the clouds since thunderstorms are in the forecast.
Tioga Peak across the valley.
From here, the peak is about 3/4 of a mile away. Most of it is flat-ish walking across this open wide ridge.
I catch my first view of Mono Lake far below.
And Mt Dana is still out there.
Mt Warren. There is a solar powered weather station on the summit that provides some scale.
Looking back down on the open ridge.
There is a fantastic view of Mono Lake from up here!
Mt Dana and the Warren plateau.
Approaching the summit. David is already up there.
Solar power station.
Summit view to the south.
Mt Dana. The valley right in front of me runs to the top of the chute that we climbed.
Cori and Robin on the summit with the weather station (or squat outhouse?)
I walked down the west ridge to check out the view. This is looking back on the summit.
Storms are building to the north and we hear a few rumbles. Almost time to go!
View to the west. Mt Conness and a pretty unnamed tarn.
Boom booms. Time to go!