Ascent of Lee Vining Peak on 1997-08-31

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, August 31, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lee Vining Peak
    Elevation:11690 ft / 3563 m

Ascent Trip Report

The town, creek and peak are named after Leroy (Lee) Vining of Laporte, Indiana, who came to California in 1852 in search of gold. He settled on the creek named for him and operated a sawmill. (Gudde, p. 175)

Located on the boundary of the Hoover Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest. The route described below is outside the wilderness. For information contact the Mono Basin visitor center in Lee Vining, CA 93541. Phone: (760)647-3041

This peak can be reached on a traverse from Mount Warren in 1 1/2 hours or it can be climbed from the east side. A starting point for the climb of this peak is the area near the Log Cabin Boy Scout camp on the east side. The Scout camp is on Log Cabin Mine Road. To find this road go west 1.1 miles on highway 120 from its junction with route 395 near Lee Vining. Turn right (north) onto Log Cabin Mine Road road and stay left at a junction in 0.6 miles. Continue on this road which passes a group of private cabins after 1.7 miles and then goes north up a wooded canyon. At 4.1 miles go left at a junction at 9380 ft. onto a poorer road which may require 4WD. At 4.6 miles pass by an old cabin at a road junction. Continue straight ahead on the narrow track which has some tight spots through the trees. Stop in a more open area at 4.9 miles just before reaching the rear of the Boy Scout Camp. UTM here is: 309030E, 4205080N (NAD27). From here Lee Vining Peak is about 1.5 miles to the west with a gain of 2000 ft. 9/97 RLC
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