Ascent of Mount Lowe on 2017-10-09
|Date:||Monday, October 9, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5603 ft / 1707 m|
Ascent Trip Report This was a solo hike or one Lower Peak (Muir), 2 HPS (Lowe and Markham) and 4 Peakbagger peaks. I followed the same route as I did on 9/2815 with the addition of Easter Rock. I started at Eaton Saddle, hiked down to Markham saddle then followed the Lowe East trail over to the road. When going down the east trail, you will see a ridge that looks shorter to the road. I took it in 2015. It is shorter, but steep and loose. I may have saved distance but not time. It wasn’t worth it. This time I stayed on the trail.
The trail to Mt. Muir is ½ mile SE of Inspiration. The use trail to the summit has a sign, but it is easy to miss. It is also a little confusing as the sign says Muir Peak. The Lower Peaks Committee calls it Mt. Muir. There was no register or benchmark on the summit, so I left a register. Don’t know how long it will last.
After Muir, I went back up the road to a use trail to Peak 4668 about 200 yards before Inspiration. It is a little bushy at first but then opens up. There several trails, pick any one they all lead to the summit. There was no register or benchmark on the summit.
Next was Easter rock. I went to a peak about 400’ east of Easter Rock. I thought it was the Peakbagger Easter Rock, but it wasn’t. The use trail to Easter Rock starts at Inspiration. It is a short distance to the summit. At the summit was a historical sign and a sign saying Easter Rock. It seems the first Easter Sunrise Service was held there in 1916.
Next was Inspiration Point. It is a covered, cement patio with a number of telescopes. Next was Muir Peak. There is a good use trail that starts on the west end of Inspiration. There was no register or benchmark on the summit, just some pipes.
Next were Lowe and Markham. Neither summit had registers or benchmarks.
7:00 am Depart. 5100’
8:45 am Mt. Muir Summit. 4684’
9:15 am Depart
9:40 am Peak 4668’ Summit
10:15 am Easter Rock Summit
10:20 am Inspiration Point. 4520’+
10:40 am Muir Peak Summit. 4712’
12:05 pm Mt. Lowe Summit. 5603’
1:15 pm Mount Markham Summit. 5742’
2:30 pm Car. 10 miles round trip, 2600’ gain, 7 hours, 30 minutes.
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