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NevadaRambler attempted this hike to Red Lake Peak and Stevens Peak via Crater Lake in early October, but was turned away by high winds. This time was a success, though the terrain was a bit more difficult than anticipated. The more common route starting on the PCT from Carson Pass would be easier.  The volcanic summit block on Red Lake Peak requires some climbing with hands; I made it to the 2nd-highest and 3rd-highest points, within about 3 feet vertically of the real thing. Great views from Stevens Peak. The Stevens Peak register book  had only a few pages left, so I placed a new one. My planned descent on a ridge northeast of Stevens Peak seemed to be blocked by an outcropping (I couldn’t see an easy route around or over it from above), so I dropped down the side of the canyon which had some loose patches.

Both peaks are on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List, which categorizes the Red Lake Peak summit block as a Class 3 climb (“simple climbing with some exposure”).


6.62 mi (2.93 mi uphill, 3.03 mi downhill, 0.54 mi flat)
2650 ft total ascent – 22.2 % uphill grade, 122.4 % downhill grade
6:06:04 total time (4:49:42 moving, 1:16:22 stopped)
0:43:46 pace (1.4 mph average speed)
28.2 difficulty, 45.8 effort