Ascent of Mount Stanford on 2017-09-17

Climber: Garrett McLean

Date:Sunday, September 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stanford
    Elevation:12838 ft / 3913 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: 9/17/17

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Stanford2017-09-17 
2Mount Morgan2017-09-17 

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