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Homers Nose

 
Homers Nose

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.38500°N / 118.7367°W

Object Title: Homers Nose

Elevation: 9023 ft / 2750 m

 

Page By: Desert Solitaire

Created/Edited: Sep 2, 2005 / Jan 12, 2006

Object ID: 154602

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Overview


Homers Nose is a very infrequently visited and remote peak in the Sequoia National Park. The peak sees about 3-4 parties a year. Although the peak itself is not a hard climb, it is well known among Sierra Club circles for its long, arduous, brush-heavy approaches.

All routes involve significant cross country travel, and only experienced hikers with good navigational skills should attempt it. In jest, it has been labeled "extreme class 1," or "1.11d" by its easiest routes. Regardless, it is a fine peak with nice hiking along forested slopes.

There are some fine technical routes that have been pioneered on the Nose's sheer faces. These are published in Vernon, Moser and Hickey's Southern Sierra Rock Climbing: Sequoia/Kings Canyon

The views from the summit span far and wide all the way down to the Central Valley.

Getting There


Homer’s Nose can be approached via 3 different routes:

1. South Fork Kaweah River: 15 miles, 6,500' gain RT

Take Hwy 99 north towards Bakersfield. Pass through Bakersfield and continue on towards Visalia. Exit east on Hwy 198 into Visalia. Continue through the city on the 198. Once the freeway ends, there are a couple of flashing lights so you don't drive through the stop signs in the dense fog. Continue heading out of town on the 198 past Hwy 245. As soon as you pass the Three Rivers golf course, head right on South Fork Drive. Follow this road along the S Fork of the Kaweah River for about 13 miles to the end. The Ladybug trailhead for Homer’s Nose continues up-canyon from the parking area. For map-points and more detail, check out

2. Mineral King Approach: 38 mi, 6,200’ RT

Take Hwy 99 north towards Bakersfield. Pass through Bakersfield and continue on towards Visalia. Exit east on Hwy 198 into Visalia. Stay on Hwy 198 as it climbs into the Sierra foothills and passes Lake Kaweah and the town of Three Rivers. Shortly after passing through Three Rivers take the right hand turn to Mineral King. This very slow and winding road will bring you to Mineral King in about an hour. From the Cold Springs Campground, the Tar Gap Trail leads to Hockett Meadows.

3. Case Mountain Route:

This route involves passing through private property and BLM land. See Ron Hudson’ report and Mark Adrian’s report

Red Tape


Permits are required for all overnight camping. Backcountry permits are free, first come first served. Reservations cost $15, regardless of party size. There are a few campgrounds in Mineral King that are $15/night: Cold Springs and Atwell Mill.

When To Climb


May through October. The winter months see snow, however, a winter approach is certainly possible. To my knowledge, there has been none so far. Mosquitoes are the largest concern in early-mid summer.

Camping


Permits are required for all overnight camping. Backcountry permits are free, first come first served. Reservations cost $15, regardless of party size. There are a few campgrounds in Mineral King that are $12/night: Cold Springs and Atwell Mill.



Mountain Conditions


The NWS Forecast is the most reliable source of weather information for the Sierra.

Critters


Warning: MARMOTS!!!

Mineral King is notorious for marmots eating rubber hoses and/or wiring on your vehicles. They can disable a vehicle. They will also get under your hood. We will need to check under our hoods before driving off. I have heard of two ways to protect against marmot damage.

1. bring chicken wire and fence it around your car.
2. another method is to buy a large plastic tarp, put it under your vehicle, then tie it up around your car with rope or wire.

The marmot problem is most severe in spring, between May and June or so. Your best bet is to contact the rangers at Mineral King for current conditions.

I have also heard of instances where marmots have gnawed on thermarest pads and sleeping pads, so consider keeping these items safe if you plan on backpacking and heading off for a dayhike leaving your stuff behind.

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Desert SolitaireUntitled Comment

Desert Solitaire

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Hi Bob,





Thanks for the input. I'm still working on gathering information and updating the page with all the routes to the peak. Personally, I have only climbed the mountain via the Mineral King route, hence it making the first appearance. The page is still under construction though, and I intend to add more info in the near future. Thanks again for all your help!!! : ]





Jeff
Posted Sep 5, 2005 2:55 pm
Bob BurdUntitled Comment

Bob Burd

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Funny, I didn't realize it was you until you replied about the margaritas. I figured you were just another lame-ass putting up nonsense about Sierra peaks. Good thing I wasn't thinking anything mean about you... :-)
Posted Sep 8, 2005 12:56 am
Desert SolitaireUntitled Comment

Desert Solitaire

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Thanks for the update Carol -- I'll make the changes to the page.





Happy Trails,


Jeff
Posted Jan 10, 2006 7:42 pm
Bob BurdUntitled Comment

Bob Burd

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How is Mineral King the easiest approach? It seems like more than 12 miles one way from Mineral King, yet only about 3-4 miles from the South Fork Ranger Station/Campground. Having never been there I don't what the conditions are like between the two routes, so hope you can fill us in.
Posted Sep 3, 2005 1:52 am
Desert SolitaireUntitled Comment

Desert Solitaire

Hasn't voted

Hi Bob,





Thanks for the input. I'm still working on gathering information and updating the page with all the routes to the peak. Personally, I have only climbed the mountain via the Mineral King route, hence it making the first appearance. The page is still under construction though, and I intend to add more info in the near future. Thanks again for all your help!!! : ]





Jeff
Posted Sep 5, 2005 2:55 pm
Bob BurdUntitled Comment

Bob Burd

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Funny, I didn't realize it was you until you replied about the margaritas. I figured you were just another lame-ass putting up nonsense about Sierra peaks. Good thing I wasn't thinking anything mean about you... :-)
Posted Sep 8, 2005 12:56 am
tarolUntitled Comment

tarol

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The fee for a wilderness permit is now $15.
Posted Jan 9, 2006 4:38 pm
Desert SolitaireUntitled Comment

Desert Solitaire

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Thanks for the update Carol -- I'll make the changes to the page.





Happy Trails,


Jeff
Posted Jan 10, 2006 7:42 pm
BobD3Case Mtn. route

BobD3

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March, 2014

Tried going up the Case Mtn. route. Was immediately greeted by some young locals in a jeep coming down from the other side of the first locked gate who (politely) advised to not hike into private property.

2 other local climbers I had just met said pot growers are a problem in this area. They also advised against leaving a vehicle parked here overnight due to break-ins. That was enough for me. I abandoned the attempt. Just fyi.
Posted Apr 19, 2014 1:22 pm
jdmorrisCase Mtn. route addition

jdmorris

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I "heard" from "someone" who climbed Homer's Nose from the Kaweah River route mentioned here as the 'Case Mountain Route' in late 2014 and wanted to add one update not mentioned in the linked reports. There were at least 6, perhaps closer to 10 gates and fences almost all very clearly posted 'No Trespassing' that this "someone" chose to pass through using the described route. I've personally done the approach from the South Fork TH to Salt Creek Ridge and rather enjoyed it in the way only a obscure-peak bagger could, easily avoiding poison oak and avoiding trespassing, although there was lots more bushwacking and route finding to be done. Given how much blatant trespassing was involved, I would highly recommend the South Fork route, instead.
Posted Nov 6, 2014 8:18 pm

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