Ascent of Mount Harrington on 2006-07-08

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 8, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Harrington
    Elevation:11009 ft / 3355 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a two day backpack to climb the peak. Although a wilderness permit is not required for the Deer Cove Trailhead, which is located just outside Kings Canyon National Park along the Cedar Grove road, a fire permit is required for the stove, which I obtained from the Sequoia National Forest Service office located in Dunlap on the drive in. I drove up to the trailhead from southern California, arriving in mid-afternoon, then hiked up the trail to Deer Cove Creek. The map shows that there are two trails that lead up to Deer Cove Saddle from the creek, but the trail that goes north disappears shortly after leaving the creek. The southern most trail is the correct route. I continued up the trail past the saddle to Grizzly Lakes, which has the only reliable water and is where I set up camp. The next morning, I followed the valley to where it gently meets Harrington Pass, then ascended southward over a 100’ high bump to the base of the summit ridge of the peak. The route to the summit is on the west side of the north ridge. I made an easy class 3 move to get onto the ridge, continued up some class 2, climbed up about 30’ of easy class 3 slabs, than scrambled the rest of the way up class 2 rock to the summit. Afterward, I made my way back to Grizzly lakes and then out to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6605 ft / 2013 m
    Elevation Loss:6605 ft / 2013 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6605 ft / 2013 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Grizzly Lakes/north ridge
    Trailhead:Deer Creek trailhead  4404 ft / 1342 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:6605 ft / 2013 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:North ridge/Grizzly Lake
    Trailhead:Deer Creek trailhead  4404 ft / 1342 m

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