Ascent of Mount Stanford on 2017-09-17
|Date:||Sunday, September 17, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12838 ft / 3913 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI woke up at 4:30a Saturday morning, having planned on being on the road by then. Muttering cuss words about my late start I double checked my gear list and loaded up the car. The drive along 395 as the sun came up was about as beautiful as drives can get.
I arrived at the Hilton Lakes trailhead a few minutes early, but many of the Sierra Club-ers were already there. There were nine in the party. This was a provisional lead, which is why what is normally half of a dayhike was being done as a backpack. Keeping on jackets to combat the cold, we hit the trail.
The trail is straightforward and fairly gentle. We kept a pace on the slow side of reasonable, stopping at lake #3 for lunch. We set up camp in the early afternoon and I took a much needed nap before we had a delightful happy hour with a variety of delicious snacks.
The summit is a fairly easy class 2 climb, and the peak itself is one of the more unimpressive bumps on its ridge. Some other party members and I hypothesized that its exceptional views must be why such an otherwise insignificant summit is named while other more impressive peaks in the vicinity aren't.
We summited a bit before noon, and after the summit photos and saying goodbye, I signed out from the Sierra Club outing to continue on to Mount Morgan.
Photosphere from the summit.
Photos from the trip.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 9/17/17|
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