Ascent of McConnell Peak on 1998-07-11

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:my wife Marcia
Date:Saturday, July 11, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McConnell Peak
    Elevation:9099 ft / 2773 m

Ascent Trip Report

left the car parked at a Desolation Wilderness Trailhead (after driving 5 miles along the paved 1-2 lane access road) near Van Vleck Ranch at 9:10AM, but couldn't find the Highland Trail branching off from the dirt road we were walking on (about a mile past the locked gate) for an hour and a half (we had looked for it where the GPS/USGS had showed it to be, but it was a few hundred yards further (to the north) along the dirt road (it's near a snow-measuring station and correctly shown on the Desolation Wilderness Map). Almost continuous snow cover near Forni Creek, where we took the south ridge up, changing the objective to McConnell rather than Tells as the closer (in distance) peak. However, the ridge between these peaks was difficult mixed Class 3, brush, and snow, with a steep d ropoff on the east side. Mosquitos were prevalent
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 914 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3000 ft / 914 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Highland Trail & cross country
    Start Trailhead:Highland Trailhead  6099 ft / 1858 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    End Trailhead:Highland Trailhead  6099 ft / 1858 m

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