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Ascent of Mokelumne Peak on 2011-10-24

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mokelumne Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9334 ft / 2845 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hike to Mokelumne Pk is a long hike that took me 8.2 hours. I approached Mokelumne from Hwy 88 taking the Bear River Road south towards the Bear River Reservoir. Zero your odometer when you leave Hwy 88 and drive the signed paved road 2.4 miles where you stay straight towards the dam. At 2.7 miles cross the dam on a one lane road, at 4.8 miles go left towards Cole Creek on road 8N14. At 7.3 miles stay straight, at 8.1 miles go right, and at 10.5 miles turn left onto a gravel road that is signed for Tanglefoot Trail and FR 8N14. Cross a couple of newer bridges and at 11.0 miles stay straight. At 14.0 miles go straight onto a lesser road marked 8N14E and at 14.2 miles park with the trailhead on your left. Elevation here is about 6,600 ft.

I hiked the Tanglefoot Trail. The trail gains a little elevation before reaching a saddle where I went right and then followed the switchbacking trail down into the Tanglefoot drainage. I lost about 500 ft in elevation here, crossed the drainage and climbed the switchbacking trail up to a ridge with a small lake at the top at an elevation of about 7,100 ft. I continued past the lake towards the peak. I should have left the trail at about 7,900 ft and headed cross country eastward towards the peak. Instead I stayed on the trail to about 8,100 ft and then headed eastward. The higher track took me through lots of brush and some rock hopping and over the summit of point 8,628 before dropping back down to the final saddle before Mokelumne Pk. Leaving the trail lower down avoids the brush, rock hopping, and extra elevation gain. There is nothing technical about this climb, it is just a long walk in a beautiful wilderness area. Great views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3816 ft / 1164 m
    Distance:16.2 mi / 26.1 km
    Route:Tanglefoot Trail
    Trailhead:5518 ft / 1681 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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