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Ascent of Winnemucca Lake Southeast on 2010-09-20

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Monday, September 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Winnemucca Lake Southeast
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9800 ft / 2987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Park at Carson Pass on CA-88, where a fee or a pass is required. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail south a little over a mile, and then went right (SSW) on the trail signed for Winnemucca Lake. This is a very popular and scenic route that passes close to Elephants Back on its way to the lake. I cut off very near the spring shown on the topo to work my way over to the broad saddle east of the lake, but this was a poor choice, due to annoying boulder fields and wet terrain. The better choice is to continue south until reaching a signed spur heading toward the north shore of the lake, marked by a wooden post with the numeral two under an arrow. Follow this intermittent path around the north shore of the lake until you reach the saddle, and then pick a route up the rocky ridge. The difficulty should not exceed class two. Well up on the ridge, reach a level area, climb again gently through a stand of small evergreens, then reach another level area, where the summit knob looms atop a steep 200 foot high talus/scree face. Look for a ramp through the lower stretches, and then follow scree paths to the top for some fine views. From the summit, the three watersheds become apparent. Ascent 2:05; descent 1:40. Elephants Back looked easy from the summit, but Round Top looked nasty.
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