I couldn't find a hiking partner for Friday, so I decided to attempt a mellow snow climb that was on my to do list. I had not been to Mount Democrat since 2003, and I started hiking from Montgomery Reservoir at 5:30. I hiked up the drainage north of Mount Lincoln on a relatively dry road with minimal snow for over two miles. As I turned southwest below Wheeler Lake, I left the road and my objective came into view as I began to hike on firm snow the rest of the way up the valley. I was initially going to climb the North Couloir on Mount Democrat. However, as I got closer to the base of the mountain, it became apparent that there was a continuous snow line straight up the north face that was longer than the couloir and would take me directly to the summit.
After determining that it was within my abilities, I decided to climb the north face direct which ended up being a really fun and long snow climb. I made the summit of Democrat and then traversed to Cameron and Lincoln before descending east in the Lincoln Amphitheater and making my way back down to Montgomery Reservoir at 1:00. Snow conditions on the approach and up the shallow couloir were in good conditions for late May on a north face.