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Kid Mountain
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Kid Mountain

 
Kid Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.10030°N / 118.42991°W

Object Title: Kid Mountain

County: Inyo

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 11896 ft / 3626 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Apr 11, 2010 / Nov 14, 2011

Object ID: 612452

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Overview

 
Palisades from Kid Mtn.
Palisades from Kid Mtn.
R.J. Secor author of The High Sierra Peaks Passes and Trails called Kid Mountain "the second biggest pile of rubble in the Sierra." Mount Alice across Big Pine Creek drainage from it being "the biggest". I can attest to that claim having slogged the 4,000' north slope from Glacier Lodge and emptying enough sand from my boots on the descent to build a small beach!
Of course the question is why bother?
Well, there are a few reasons to climb Kid Mountain.
The north slope is a good ski run featured in John Moynier's book Back Country Skiing California's High Sierra and the view of the southern part of the Palisades is excellent. Not all of the mountain is a sand trap. There are relatively stable routes up the ridgelines of the north slope. Also it's on the way to Peak 3,994m. a mile north of The Thumb. This was my goal. I didn't go there because it was cold and windy and I was in shorts so I settled for Kid.

Getting There

 
Big Pine Creek south fork canyon
Big Pine Creek south fork from Glacier Lodge area
From the town of Big Pine along Hwy. 395 in Owens Valley go west on Crocker St. (the Glacier Lodge Road) and drive 11 miles to Glacier Lodge. The class 2 north slope looms above the lodge to the south.
The class 2 west slope can also be climbed from about a mile up the Brainerd Lake Trail which heads south .2 miles past the bridge to Glacier Lodge on the Glacier Lodge Road. I have a hunch this route could be a nasty screefest.

Red Tape

 
Mt. Alice from Kid Mtn.
Mt. Alice from Kid Mtn.



This peak is in the Inyo National Forest and no permits are required for a day hike.

Camping

 
Birch Mtn. and Peak 3994m from Kid Mtn.
Birch Mtn. and Peak 3994m from Kid Mtn.
There are several campgrounds along the Glacier Lodge Road by Big Pine Creek below the north slope of Kid Mountain.
Sage Flat and Upper Sage Flat, Palisade Group and Big Pine all between 7,300' and 7,700' elevation.

Weather forecast for the Big Pine Creek area

For the weather forecast click here.

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RedwicTwo of your photos...

Redwic

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... on the front page for this mountain are jumbled together.

Please fix. :-)
Posted Apr 11, 2010 11:49 pm
NoonduelerRe: Two of your photos...

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This is not the case on my screen so I don't see what you mean.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 1:13 am
RedwicRe: Two of your photos...

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FYI- I doubt I am the only person experiencing this issue. I just tried viewing the page at both a friend's house and then at my workplace... the same problem with the jumbled photos appears. All three of the computers I have used to view this page had Internet Explorer. Is it possible you used Firefox or something else other than IE, when creating the page? I'm puzzled why this may have occurred.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 10:27 am
Sarah SimonRe: Two of your photos...

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Hey guys,



This is a matter of screen resolution. Redwic, are you viewing this page on a standard desktop monitor or a laptop?



Noon: You can test how your page will appear on monitors with different resolution here: http://www.yournew.com/resolution_test.cfm



But, I've found it's difficult to "please everyone."



FYI, I've got a 22-inch monitor and your page looks just fine to me.



Sarah
Posted Apr 12, 2010 10:53 am
RedwicRe: Two of your photos...

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Two of the computers had 19" monitors. I'm not certain about the third computer I used. Oh, well.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 11:15 am
NoonduelerRe: Two of your photos...

Noondueler

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Thanks Sarah, I'll check that out.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 12:14 pm
NoonduelerRe: Two of your photos...

Noondueler

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I use a 19" monitor and I use Internet Explorer too.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 12:39 pm

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Images

Palisades from Kid Mtn.Mt. Alice from Kid Mtn.Kid MountainKid MountainBaker Lakes TrailKid Mtn. from Glacier Lodge bridgeBirch Mtn. and Peak 3994m from Kid Mtn.
Kid MountainBig Pine Creek south fork canyonPalisades from Kid MountainMt. Alice from Kid Mtn.Mt. Sill, Mt. Gayley and Mt. Aggasiz from Kid Mtn.