Our “lunch” stop on Tenaya Peak
This past July Hal and I romped up Tenaya Peak. I hadn’t climbed for many months, and felt too out of shape to climb any truly strenuous or difficult routes; so climbing the long, easy ridge of Tenaya Peak seemed like a good way to get in shape.
We hiked around Tenaya Lake to the stream, which we crossed on alog near the lake. Head toward the Peak until you reach the trail, and turn left (east). Follow the hiker’s trail until you see a big cairn, and then turn right, uphill, toward the ridge of Tenaya Peak.
The trail weaves back and forth through the manzanita shrubs toward the peak, staying near the right edge of the bushes. When the slabs looked reasonable ( this will vary according to personal reference), traverse right and continue up slabs.
If you’re comfortable on friction, the slabs are easier and quicker than slogging through the shrubbery. We continued up slabs to the high spot in the photo, above - a very large, flattish slab of rock that provides a cozy lunch ‘table’.
After eating a quick snack here, we roped up, and belayed the next (crux) pitch. here one has various option - head up the break between arches, or head up a layback and crack to the left of this break. If there are several climbers on the route, the left-hand version, perhaps technically moe difficult, provides a nice way to avoid a traffic jam.
From here, I traversed far left, and then various options allow one to reach the summit. We belayed only for these last three pitches, the second of which comprises an easy 5th class traverse.
View towards Mathes Crest from Tenaya Peak