After carpooling from Folsom this adventure will begin from the Eagle Lakes parking area on Highway 89. We will travel to and around Eagle Lake to a south-facing gully directly on the north side of the lake and gain a ridge line leading straight to the Eagle Lake Buttress. We will either take an easy class 4 that goes thru a notch on the left of the summit blocks or we can take a class 3 route on the north side. Next is the ridge traverse from Eagle Lakes Buttress to Phipps Peak which involves about a mile of 4th class maneuvering with possibility of some easy class 5 moves. The option to this is to go straight down from the buttress to an ascending gully to reach the base of Phipps. Upon reaching the summit of Phipps, we will descend directly down to Velma Lake and thru the canyon past the falls and back to Eagle Lake where we pick up the trail back to our parking.
This event is independently organized by SMG members.