Ascent of Lion Rock on 2007-08-20

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 20, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lion Rock
    Elevation:12360 ft / 3767 m

Ascent Trip Report

From southern California, I drove up to the Lodgepole Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park, picked up my permit, then drove over to the Crescent Meadows Trailhead. I left the trailhead in early afternoon and backpacked into Bearpaw Meadows. The next morning, I hiked up the trail all the way up to Tamarack Lake. Next, I headed around the south side of the lake and proceeded in a generally easterly direction up talus and around and through cliffs and brush into a bowl. From the bowl, I made my way up to the south peak of Lion Rock, then to the west side of the true summit, then I scrambled up to the top. The climb was mostly class 2 with class 3 near the top. The 3rd class rock that I originally ascended near the summit looked like class 4 when I went to down climb it, so I looked for something easier. I went north along the ridge for 50-75’, where I found some easier 3rd class. The decent from the top was very tedious, taking 3 hours to get back to the west side of Tamarack Lake. From there, it was easy trail back to Bearpaw Meadows. The next day, I backpacked out to trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5960 ft / 1816 m
    Round-Trip Distance:31.8 mi / 51.2 km
    Route:South-southwest slope
    Trailhead:Crescent Meadows  6400 ft / 1950 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads

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