Sierra Nevada - Pine Creek - Italy Pass - Mount Julius Ceasar
Union Carbide Pine Creek Mill at the trailhead - 1975
Union Carbide Pine Creek Mill at the trailhead - 1975

On June 11-12, 1977 myself, Scott Morton and Jim Nettleton climbed 13,196' Mount Julius Ceasar. Gil Beilke was also on the trip and planned to climb a different peak.

Gil and Scott arrived Friday night from San Diego and we picked Jim up in Bishop Saturday morning. We hit the trail at Pine Creek about 8 a.m. I made Pine Lake about 11:15 and took an hour for lunch. I arrived at Honeymoon Lake shortly after 1 p.m.

Scott followed the trail beyond the lake and reached our planned camp area around 11,600' first. Gil and Jim cut high above the lake but somehow got too far south and made it to Golden Lake.

In the meantime, I found a good even route above the lake and cut directly over to the trail, picking up Gil and Jim's footprints as they approached the trail. I followed them up the trail, arriving at Scott's waiting point shortly after they did. We found some dry gravel among the wet stuff and snow, making camp about 4 p.m.

Sunday morning Gil got up about 5:30 and after his usual cold breakfast hit the "route" for a nearby peak - north of Royce. The other three of us got up about the time Gil was leaving and ate a hot breakfast before departing about 7:30 for Mount Julius Caesar.

The 1.5 mile, 800 foot climb to 12,400 Italy Pass took about two hours for me, arriving about 9:30. Another hour and 800 feet put me on top about 10:30. Scott made it about 45 minutes faster and Jim was just ahead of me.

GREAT VIEWS. After an hour on top, we headed down, making the pass about noon and camp about 1 p.m. Gil meanwhile didn't do his peak due to too much rock and soft snow and returned to camp shortly after noon. We all headed down just after 1 p.m. and made the car about 4:30 to 5:30 - a long day. The weather was great. Would be more enjoyable as a three day trip.


Pine Creek - 1975
Pine Creek - 1975

Pine Creek - 1975
Pine Creek - 1975
Pine Creek - 1975
Pine Creek - 1975

Pine Creek Falls - 1977
Pine Creek Falls - 1977
Pine Creek Falls - 1977
Pine Creek Falls - 1977

Pine Creek Falls - 1975
Pine Creek Falls - 1975
Pine Creek Falls - 1977
Pine Creek Falls - 1977

Pine Creek - 1975
Pine Creek - 1975
Lower Pine Lake - 1975
Lower Pine Lake - 1975

Upper Pine Lake, Pine Creek Pass - 1975
Upper Pine Lake, Pine Creek Pass - 1975

Pine Lake, Mt. Tom - 1977
Pine Lake, Mt. Tom - 1977
Upper Pine Lake - 1977
Upper Pine Lake - 1977

Upper Pine Lake - 1977
Upper Pine Lake - 1977

Honeymoon Lake - 1975
Honeymoon Lake - 1975
Honeymoon Lake - 1977
Honeymoon Lake - 1977

Honeymoon Lake, Upper Pine Lake - 1977
Honeymoon Lake, Upper Pine Lake - 1977
View from Granite Park - 1959
View from Granite Park - 1959

Mountains around Granite Park - 1959
Mountains around Granite Park - 1959
Crest south of Italy Pass - 1977
Crest south of Italy Pass - 1977

View across Granite Park toward Pine Creek - 1959
View across Granite Park toward Pine Creek - 1959
Italy Pass and Mount Julius Ceasar from the east - 1977
Italy Pass and Mount Julius Ceasar from the east - 1977

Looking southeast from Italy Pass - 1959
Looking southeast from Italy Pass - 1959
Looking east from Italy Pass - 1959
Looking east from Italy Pass - 1959

Hilgard Branch and Mt. Hilgard from Italy Pass - 1959
Hilgard Branch and Mt. Hilgard from Italy Pass - 1959
Mt. Humphrey on left from Italy Pass - 1977
Mt. Humphrey on left from Italy Pass - 1977

Seven Gables from Italy Pass - 1959
Seven Gables from Italy Pass - 1959
Seven Gables from Italy Pass - 1977
Seven Gables from Italy Pass - 1977

Hikers and mountains west from Italy Pass - 1959
Hikers and mountains west from Italy Pass - 1959
Lake Italy from west side of Italy Pass - 1959
Lake Italy from west side of Italy Pass - 1959

Lake Italy from west side of Italy Pass - 1959
Lake Italy from west side of Italy Pass - 1959
Looking along ridge from Italy Pass - 1959
Looking along ridge from Italy Pass - 1959

Mt. Hilgard and frozen Lake Italy from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Hilgard and frozen Lake Italy from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Gabbot Pass from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Gabbot Pass from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977

Mt. Gabb, Gabbot Pass, Mt. Abbot and Mt. Dade from top of Mount Julius Ceasar
Mt. Gabb, Gabbot Pass, Mt. Abbot and Mt. Dade from top of Mount Julius Ceasar
Mt. Abbot and Mt. Dade from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Abbot and Mt. Dade from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Abbot, Mt. Dade, Bear Creek Spire from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Abbot, Mt. Dade, Bear Creek Spire from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Bear Creek Spire from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Bear Creek Spire from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Royce Peak and Merriam Peak from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Royce Peak and Merriam Peak from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977

Chalfant Lakes, Mt. Tom, Mt. Humphreys (center)and Royce Lakes from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Chalfant Lakes, Mt. Tom, Mt. Humphreys (center)and Royce Lakes from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Chalfant Lakes from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Chalfant Lakes from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Humphrey from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Mt. Humphrey from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977

Royce Peak and Merriam from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Royce Peak and Merriam from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977

Royce Peak (left) and Gemini (center) and Seven Gables (right) from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Royce Peak (left) and Gemini (center) and Seven Gables (right) from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Seven Gables from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977
Seven Gables from top of Mount Julius Ceasar - 1977