Sierra Nevada - Rock Creek - Mt. Abbot

On June 9-11, 1961 myself, Jim Moore, Kevin Barry, John Butler and John Hooper climbed 13,715' Mt. Abbot.

We drove up from San Diego on Friday night and got an early start from the Rock creek trailhead on Saturday. Hiked 4 miles to Treasure Lakes arriving at noon.

Left camp at 12:30 and climbed Mt. Abbot (11200 to 13,715)(3 miles) arriving on top at 6p.m. back in camp at 8:30p.m. just as it got dark - were we beat. The climb up to and along part of the main ridge above the snowfield is upper class 3 - approaches class 4 in spots.

Had a lazy Sunday - back to the cars at noon. Visited Hot creek and arrived home around 11p.m.

Route to climb Mt. Abbot ridge
Route to climb Mt. Abbot ridge
Mills Lake Basin from snow slope below Mt. Abbot (east slope)
Mills Lake Basin from snow slope below Mt. Abbot (east slope)

Looking back on ridge from near top of Mt. Abbot
Looking back on ridge from near top of Mt. Abbot
Looking back along Mt. Abbot ridge
Looking back along Mt. Abbot ridge

Mt. Gabb from top of Mt. Abott (Mt. Hilgard barely visible behind)
Mt. Gabb from top of Mt. Abott (Mt. Hilgard barely visible behind)
Mills Lake on Mills Creek leading into Second Recess (west slope) from top of Mt. Abott
Mills Lake on Mills Creek leading into Second Recess (west slope) from top of Mt. Abott

Frozen Lake Italy and Toe Lake from top of Mt. Abbot
Frozen Lake Italy and Toe Lake from top of Mt. Abbot
Mt. Dade and Bear Creek Spire from top of Mt. Abbot
Mt. Dade and Bear Creek Spire from top of Mt. Abbot

View east from top of Mt. Abbot - Mono Pass and Mt. Starr on left, Rock Creek on right
View east from top of Mt. Abbot - Mono Pass and Mt. Starr on left, Rock Creek on right