Love backpacking. I have about 3 years of experience in backpacking the Bay Area. Starting to transition into more mountaineering!
My cousin and I were bold enough to do the one day trip. It can get pretty tough. We decided to go up "the chute" instead of the "99 switchbacks." The snow got quite slushy around 10am, making it hard to get solid footing so easily. Definitely will need crampons and an ice axe if you decide to take this route as you may slip and slide down requiring self-arrest.
However, glissading down made it all worth it. Definitely doable in one day if you are in good enough shape, just be prepared to have the altitude kick you in the ass. The scenery is definitely AMAZING!
My cousin and I were bold enough to do the one day trip. It can get pretty tough.
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