Ascent of McConnell Peak on 2001-08-31
|Others in Party:||Dave Jenkins|
|Date:||Friday, August 31, 2001|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||9099 ft / 2773 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter failing to climb McConnell Peak from Forni Lake because of my bad knee and slow pace, I decided to try it as a backpack via Lake #3. Departure once again from the Van Vleck TH, which is approached by a paved spur road on the right of Ice House Rd, 21.7 miles from U.S. 50. From the gated TH, go right at the junction after 0.6 mile and proceed about a mile to the start of the Red Peak Tr, branching off on the use trail about 0.4 mile from Lake #3. There are good campsites here. On August 31 we hiked up to the Silver Peak-Red Peak saddle, then made our way through a couple of rocky basins on the north side of the Silver-McConnell ridge before climbing a rock-free, treed slope to hit the McConnell ridge at a broad, open saddle. It was then a short stroll to the rocky "summit" area with register book from 1986 in a large ammo box provided by Howard Steidtman and inscribed with the familiar names of Yamagata, Smith, Palmer, Rountree, Sumner, Nahlovsky, and Brush. I also checked out the possibly higher rock bump a short distance north of the register. McConnell Peak was my 63rd and final peak on the Tahoe Ogul List. We returned to Lake #3 without incident, enjoyed another night camping there, and hiked to the TH the next morning. Est. distane: 5 miles to Lake #3, 2 miles from Lake #3 to McConnell Peak
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2499 ft / 762 m|
| Distance:||14 mi / 22.5 km|
| Route:||from Lake #3, Red Peak Tr|
| Trailhead:||Van Vleck TH 6600 ft / 2011 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Weather:||Good, shirtsleeve weather|
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