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Ascent of Melissa Coray Peak on 2018-10-12

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Friday, October 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Melissa Coray Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9763 ft / 2975 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got the idea for a 5 peak hike of PK 8700, Covered Wagon, Melissa Coray, PK 9795 and PK 9607 after seeing similar treks from Bob McLaughlin and Brad Dozier. My track was a mix of both of theirs, following the access road for the ski resort for most of the early route. There is a clear use trail going up to PK 8700, then once back on the road I followed that to Emigrant Valley, from there a historic trail leads up towards Covered Wagon, with a use trail leading to the saddle between Covered Wagon and Thimble. The summit is a bit of a change, rocky and requiring some care to descend.

After Covered Wagon, it was easy to connect to Melissa Coray and the nearby higher PK 9795. PK 9607 is a bit out of the way, requiring a drop down of about 500 feet before an easy cross country climb up. Retraced the route on the way back. Everything is on trail until near the summit of Covered Wagon. If not climbing Covered Wagon you can take the trail to Melissa Coray.
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