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English Mountain

 
English Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.44630°N / 120.5512°W

Object Title: English Mountain

County: Nevada

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8373 ft / 2552 m

 

Page By: LincolnB

Created/Edited: Aug 4, 2014 / Aug 7, 2014

Object ID: 907829

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Overview

Although modest in size, appearance and climbing challenges, English Mountain provides great views of the Northern Sierras. 

Sunset view from English Mtn
Sunset view from English Mtn

English Mtn is on the Sierra Peak Section list (http://www.summitpost.org/sierra-peaks-section-sps/404706) and the Tahoe Ogul list (http://climber.org/wsc/OGULlist.html). The Pacific Crest Trail crosses a rise 2.5 miles to the North-East, providing good views of the mountain.

Getting There

The hardest part of English Mtn is the driving. From Highway 80, English Mtn can be approached either from the Highway 20 exit (Emigrant Gap) then around Bowman Lake; or Highway 89 (Truckee) then around Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The Highway 89 approach is the fastest, even when coming from the west – the road around Bowman Lake is pretty, but rough and slow. Even around Jackson Reservoir the roads become progressively worse as you approach English Mtn.

Route

There are no maintained trails up English, but the landscape is a mix of open piney woods, low brush and boulder fields – you can walk almost anywhere you want. Here are the most obvious approaches:

Routes up English
Routes up English

From French Creek Crossing or Faucherie Lake dam

Described in: http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com/Captions/nspg/englishmtn.html

French Creek crossing: Appx 3.0 miles round-trip; 2,000 vertical feet

Faucherie lake dam: Appx 3.3 miles round-trip; 2,400 vertical feet


Tollhouse lake

I've seen no trail reports, but from the map it looks like you could drive on past the French Creek crossing and up to the saddle before descending to Tollhouse Lake. From the saddle it would be appx 3.4 miles round-trip and 1,400 vertical feet.


4WD drive route

The topo map shows a 4WD road ascending the North-West slope of English.The turn-off from Meadow Lake road is roughly halfway between the turn-off to Catfish Lake and Bowman Lake: 

4WD turn-off
4WD turn-off

When I drove this in August 2014 the 4WD road was in great shape, better than Meadow Lake road – up until about 2.3 miles after the gate,where it splits. The left fork ascends steeply; we took the right fork and made it to 2.8 miles. However the last bit of driving wasn't worth it – there were some high berms that bottomed out my Explorer on the way up and left it complete stranded on the way down – digging it out in the dark was not a fun way to end the hike.

I recommend parking shortly after the fork, walking up the 4WD trail until it vanishes, then making your way to Lake 7574. From the lake, head North-East to the peak, a quick rocky scramble that at its worst is easy Class 3 with no exposure. From the fork it's roughly 2.6 miles round-trip with 1,300' elevation gain.

Trip Reports

Climber.org reports: http://climber.org/reports/ByPeakE.html#english

Burd report: http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports/english_1.html

Photo-rich report from French Creek crossing: http://ww2.fedak.net:443/albums/EnglishMountain.html

When to Climb

After snow melts in the spring until roads close in the winter. Winter approaches are possible but much longer – see http://www.climber.org/TripReports/1998/325.html

Etymology

“About ten geographic features in California bear the name English,sometimes perhaps from the family name. Not only were English miners and settlers less numerous than either the Scots or the 'Dutch,' but their presence was less conspicuous.” (Gudde)

Lake Faucherie: “Named for B. Faucherie, a pioneering hydraulic engineer of the1850's and 1860's who also created French Lake and the Magenta flume”(Gudde)

Images

English MountainSummitsNE FaceSunset view from English MtnSunset ShadowSierra Buttes from English MtngRoutes up English
4WD turn-offSummit AntennaBowman and Sawmill lakes from English Mtn