London Mountain - West Ridge


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,194 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,560 feet
Elevation Gain:1,700 feet
Round-trip Length: 5.0 miles
Trailhead: Mosquito Creek
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 08/06/2013
Last Updated: 08/07/2013
   

Trailhead:  

On Highway 9, 1 mile south of Alma, turn west onto Mosquito Gulch Road. Drive 6.8 miles to a point where the road turns left and crosses Mosquito Creek before climbing up toward Mosquito Pass. There’s parking 0.1 mile after the left turn.

Details:

From the 2WD parking area, near 11,560í, continue up Mosquito Pass road (Photo #1) to reach the North London Mine - Photo #2. Pass the mine and continue up the rough road (Photo #3) to reach the 12,650-foot saddle between London Mountain (left) and Kuss Peak (right) - Photo #4.

Turn left (east) and follow a trail up Londonís west ridge (Photo #5) to reach a rock tower - Photo #6. Ascend nearly to the top of this formation before bypassing the last section, on the right. Reach another rock tower (Photo #8) and, again, ascend part of it and look for an easy bypass on the right - Photo #9. It really isnít as difficult as it may appear in the photos and itís easy to keep the difficulty at Class 2.

Past the crux sections, hiking is easier; Stay on or just right of the ridge crest - Photo #10 and Photo #11. When you reach 13,000í, the summit is visible but still nearly 0.5 mile away - Photo #12. Continue along the ridge (Photo #13) and up a final pitch (Photo #14) to reach the summit - Photo #15. Photo #16 looks back over the ridge.

Notes:   

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