Ascent of San Joaquin Mountain on 1994-08-21

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, August 21, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Joaquin Mountain
    Elevation:11549 ft / 3520 m

Ascent Trip Report

San Joaquin Mountain is a scenic dayhike along the ridge north of Minaret Summit. Take highway 203 NW for 5.4 miles from its junction with Lake Mary Road in Mammoth Lakes. At the summit turn right (N) into the parking area and continue on the poor dirt road if you have a 4WD vehicle. Camping is allowed after 0.4 miles and there are some pullouts that look suitable. At 1.8 miles go left at a fork and up a hill to a ridgetop where the road ends after 2.5 miles. There is limited parking here for two or three vehicles. San Joaquin is visible from here and shows up as the summit beyond the prominent Two Teats. The hike starts on a good use trail that drops down steeply 280 ft. to Deadman Pass and gradually gains elevation staying close to the ridge all the way. The distance to the summit is 3 1/2 miles and takes about 3 hours. The trail will lead you through the twin summits of Two Teats at about 2 3/4 miles. Elevation gain from the bottom of Deadman Pass is 1700 ft. San Joaquin has great views of the Minarets, Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner. In "Mammoth Lakes Sierra", 5th. ed., by Rinehart, Vestal, and Willard, on page 93 a route to the summit from Agnew Meadows via Agnew Pass is described which is good, but considerably longer. 9/94 RLC
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