Ascent of McConnell Peak on 2001-08-31

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Dave Jenkins
Date:Friday, August 31, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:McConnell Peak
    Elevation:9099 ft / 2773 m

Ascent Trip Report

After failing to climb McConnell Peak from Forni Lake because of my bad knee and slow pace, I decided to try it as a backpack via Lake #3. Departure once again from the Van Vleck TH, which is approached by a paved spur road on the right of Ice House Rd, 21.7 miles from U.S. 50. From the gated TH, go right at the junction after 0.6 mile and proceed about a mile to the start of the Red Peak Tr, branching off on the use trail about 0.4 mile from Lake #3. There are good campsites here. On August 31 we hiked up to the Silver Peak-Red Peak saddle, then made our way through a couple of rocky basins on the north side of the Silver-McConnell ridge before climbing a rock-free, treed slope to hit the McConnell ridge at a broad, open saddle. It was then a short stroll to the rocky "summit" area with register book from 1986 in a large ammo box provided by Howard Steidtman and inscribed with the familiar names of Yamagata, Smith, Palmer, Rountree, Sumner, Nahlovsky, and Brush. I also checked out the possibly higher rock bump a short distance north of the register. McConnell Peak was my 63rd and final peak on the Tahoe Ogul List. We returned to Lake #3 without incident, enjoyed another night camping there, and hiked to the TH the next morning. Est. distane: 5 miles to Lake #3, 2 miles from Lake #3 to McConnell Peak
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2499 ft / 761 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:from Lake #3, Red Peak Tr
    Trailhead:Van Vleck TH  6600 ft / 2011 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Good, shirtsleeve weather

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