The northeast ridge of Bear Creek Spire is a classic Sierra Climb with all the right ingredients: a high, gorgeous peak, good rock, a long route, and easy access up a gorgeous canyon.
2015 is perhaps the lowest snow year on record, so we figured an ascent on the summer solstice would not be choked with too much snow. We carried crampons just in case, but it turned out we didn't need them.
The climb is accessed from the Tom's Place turnoff, about 15 miles south of Mammoth Lakes along Highway 395. The Mosquito Flats Trailhead is located at the end of the road, in the Little Lakes Valley, and at 10400 feet is the highest, road accessed trailhead in the Sierra.
We opted for a leisurely climb by planning to hike to Dade Lake, to camp there overnight and climb the peak the following day.
We left camp about 6 AM the next morning, reached the ridge at 6:45 AM and were on the summit at 11 AM. After a leisurely lunch below the summit, we were back at Dade Lake by 230 PM, and at the car about 430 PM.