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Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2010-09-18

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Al Sandorff
Date:Saturday, September 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12323 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Twin Peaks with Al Sandorf. Twin Peaks is a tough climb from Twin Lakes. Twin Lakes is at the end of the road west of Bridgport. You have to follow the signs through the campground to find the trail. The trail switchbacks up a steep slope and then follows Horse Creek deep into a canyon. The trail is braided a little near the head of the canyon, but if you stay close to the creek, you will be on the right route. We kept going up the valley and then turned southwest up to the Matterhorn/Twin Peaks saddle. This last part has no real trail and involves lots of rock hopping on talus and climbing some small permanent snow fields. By the time we got to the Matterhorn/Twin Peaks saddle we were committed to continuing. We climbed up some slabby rocks so that we finally could see the route up to Twin Peaks. We saw lots of talus and a long ledge along the west side of Twin Peaks up high. We climbed the talus and got on the ledge. The ledge isn't much of a trail, but it was better than the talus. We followed the ledge all the way past the summit of Twin Peaks until we encountered a big hole along the ledge. At this point we just climbed straight up a Class 3 slope for about 500ft to the ridgeline. When we topped the ridge, we were only .14 mile from the summit. It was an easy hike over to the high point from there. Fantastic views from the summit. Originally we were considering tagging Matterhorn on this same hike, but we were tired. It was a long hike back to trailhead from the summit. My GPS indicated that we gained 5,964 ft, but I think that was a little high. We will have to go back some day to grab Matterhorn.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5500 ft / 1677 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:Horse Creek Trail
    Trailhead:6823 ft / 2079 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble



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