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Ascent of Walker Mountain on 2018-09-03

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Monday, September 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Walker Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11563 ft / 3524 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove in along Little Walker Creek from Hwy 395, parking at a locked gate where there was room for 5-6 vehicles. This trailhead was near Rickey Cabin, which is shown on topo maps. The hike begins on a dirt road passing cabins along the way, but eventually just becomes a trail following the Little Walker River. The trail became harder to follow after about 2.5 miles, where I then left the trail and climbed up towards the hanging valley just northeast of Walker Mtn. The alpine-like valley was quite nice, but ascending the steep east face of the peak was tough. There was a lot of loose, tedious volcanic rock. I reached the ridge only a few hundred feet SE of the summit, and had an easy walk to the top from here.

On the return I followed the Hanging Valley Ridge, staying close to the route others have taken. I dropped back into Little Walker Canyon and the trail at about the 8200 foot level. On the route down, I managed to stay nearly brush-free. After doing this loop trip, I would recommend avoiding the Hanging Valley route I took up, and using the Hanging Valley Ridge for both the ascent and descent of Walker Mountain.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble



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