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Ascent of North Peak on 2000-07-03

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, July 3, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12242 ft / 3731 m

Ascent Trip Report

North Peak can be done as a day hike from Saddlebag Lake. From the end of the road cross the dam and follow the trail along the west side of the lake to Greenstone Lake. Alternatively one can ride the ferry across the lake for about $8.00. Stay on the south side of Greenstone Lake and follow the trail till it fades out. Make your way north across the stream and pick up a trail again as it heads west up the hill near a waterfall. Continue west on the north side of the most northern of the group of Conness Lakes. Climb up steep slopes and go around some of the sections of low pine trees until you reach the rock pinnacles on the edge of the upper slopes south of North Peak. Some of the chutes by the pinnacles are fairly easy to get up if there is not too much snow. Once on the upper southwest facing slopes it is an easy walk to the summit. This route is 6 1/2 miles round-trip with a gain of 2200 ft. Allow about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach the top and about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to return if you walk the route and don't use the ferry. 7/00 RLC
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