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Ascent of Mokelumne Peak on 1996-06-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, June 30, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mokelumne Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9334 ft / 2845 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mokelumne Peak may have been named by the Wheeler Survey as it appears on atlas sheet 56B, 1876-77. (Browning, p. 150) The name is derived from a Plains Miwok village near Lockeford. The ending - umne means 'people', but the meaning of the specific term is unknown. The present spelling was used by Fremont and was applied to the river in 1848. (Gudde, p. 207)

The mountain is located in the Mokelumne Wilderness of the Eldorado National Forest. A permit is not needed for dayhikes. For overnight trips a permit can be obtained at the visitors center in the cabin on route 88 at Carson Pass. The Eldorado National Forest office is at: 3070 Camino Heights Dr., Camino, CA 95709. Tele: (916) 644-6048

The route from the Tanglefoot Trailhead to the west of the peak is recommended and a good drive-in description is in the 1995 revision of the "Northern Sierra Peaks Guide" by Pete Yamagata. The long, approximately 15 miles, route to the trailhead is on good, mostly paved forest roads suitable for all cars. UTM at the trailhead is: 746480E, 4267430N, (NAD27), zone 10S. The trailhead and about half of the hike is on the Bear River Reservoir topo map. The hike is long, but about three-quarters of it is on good trails and then easy cross-country travel. After an easy first mile there is a 400 to 500 ft. drop to Cole Creek and then a climb up the east side past Moraine Lake. Allow about 4 1/2 hours to the top and about 4 hours to return. 6/96 RLC
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