Ascent of Wonoga Peak on 2006-09-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Barbara Lilley
Gordon MacLeod
Jerry & Nancy Keating
Ret Moore + 6 others
Date:Saturday, September 9, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Wonoga Peak
    Elevation:10371 ft / 3161 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following is Jerry Keating's modified Trip Report in "The Sierra Echo," Vol. 50, No. 3--Winter 2006:
From the Tuttle Creek Campground we headed up the paved road toward Horseshoe Meadow. Just after Walt’s Point our group of 12 began an ascent of Wonoga Peak. The route to unlisted Wonoga starts
at 9240’ where Little Cottonwood Creek flows under the road.
An unsigned, overgrown trail bypasses what looks like difficult
terrain and then, after getting by the difficulty, drops to and
crosses the creek. Less than 0.25 mile farther, a primitive fire
pit marks where to leave the trail and begin following cross-
country terrain. The route ascends a usually dry water course
that eventually reaches sandy open flats, from which the summit
is clearly visible. The group climbed slowly through a brushy
area with scattered boulders to the top of the ridge to the left,
then followed the ridge to the rocky summit (Class 2). The views
directly down to the Owens Valley were striking, and there also
were good views of the high country. The register contained a
notebook left by MacLeod in 1981, but no sign was found of the
1964 SPS trip led by Frank Sanborn and Ron Jones. The 1964
ascent started at least 2000’ lower because today’s road was only
partly finished.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1131 ft / 344 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:Horseshoe Meadow Rd  9240 ft / 2816 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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