OverviewExcelsior Mountain and Twin Peaks along the northeast border of Yosemite National Park. It sits at the head of Virginia Canyon with unobstructed views southwest deep into the Yosemite high country. This somewhat isolated lump of rubble can be seen as far away as Clouds Rest and other high points around Yosemite Valley. The south slope makes for a moderate day hike out of Virginia Lakes and the north slope the same from the Green Creek trailhead via Virginia Pass to the north.
From Green Creek: From the junction with Hwy. 120 take Hwy. 395 north 21 miles to the Green Creek Road on the left. From Bridgeport take Hwy. 395 south 5.5 miles and turn right. Take the improved dirt Green Creek Road (usually passable to all cars) 3.4 miles to a junction and take a sharp right. Continue another 6 miles to roads end (8,040'). Take the Green Lake Trail 1.8 miles to Green Lake. From there go around the north side of the lake on a good use trail that continues on climbing approximately 2.5 miles up Grimes Canyon to Virginia Pass at 10,480'. From the pass go south on the class 2 north slope of Camiaca Peak .75 miles to the summit.
Green Creek: There is the Green Creek Campground by the road .6 miles before the Green Creek trailhead.
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EtymologyCamiaca Peak (11,739) Matterhorn Peak 15'. Basalt 7 1/2'
In the Yosemite Research Library files a copy of a hand written note from Doug Hubbard about an indian who gave him a piece of root to chew; it tasted like ginseng. The indian said that when he was young he gathered large quantities of the root and took them to the Sioux country to trade for buffalo robes. " He told me his name was Cloudy Camiaca...Later...I applied it to a rather fine peak. I thought I was playing quite a joke on Californians and at the same time giving Camaica a final trip."
Unfortunately this information is not correct. When this part of the park's rearranged boundary was surveyed by A. F. Dunnington in 1906, the peak was already named. (Survey notes YNP.) Hubbard was the park naturalist some 50 years later. The peaks name appeared on the first Bridgeport 30 minute map. 1911. (YNP. TNF)
Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, by Peter Browning