Ascent of Lookout Peak on 2012-09-03

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Monday, September 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Lookout Peak
    Elevation:9584 ft / 2921 m

Ascent Trip Report

Used Pete Yamagata's old Northern Sierra Peaks Guidebook for drive and hike routes. This peak is on the Tahoe-OGUL peaks list. For the drive route, I turned south off of Hwy 4 in Pacific Valley and drove through the campground. This turn is about 3/4 of a mile east of Pacific Grade summit. Getting in late, I camped at the far end of the campground where there is a loop road and the beginning of a jeep road. This campground was really quite nice and had reasonably clean pit toilets. And there was no camping fee!

In the morning, I drove up the jeep road in my 4x4 Jeep, but got only 0.4 mile before being stopped by a short, rough section of rock. I parked here and started hiking up the Jeep road to its end at a fence and trailhead. The trail to the left goes up Marshall Canyon, which I followed for about a mile to the point where it crosses the main river. I left the trail here and headed north through trees and light brush to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1934 ft / 589 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Marshall Canyon trail/south slope
    Trailhead:Pacific Valley jeep trail  7650 ft / 2331 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country

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