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Mokelumne Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.53820°N / 120.0944°W

Object Title: Mokelumne Peak

Elevation: 9334 ft / 2845 m

 

Page By: Jonodo

Created/Edited: Jul 15, 2005 / Sep 14, 2007

Object ID: 154341

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Overview

 
Mokelumne Peak in it s winter...
 
While Mokelumne Peak stands much lower than its neighbors in the Mokelumne Wilderness, it makes up for the lack of height in vistas. The peak is situated in the southwest portion of the 105,165 acre Mokelumne Wilderness area, about 15 miles west of the Sierra Crest. It rises dramatically (about 4,500 feet) above the North Fork of the Mokelumne River and commands views of the Desolation Wilderness, Round Top, Highland Peak Area and the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. On clear days, the costal ranges, including Mt. Diablo are clearly visible. What it lacks in approaches, the summit views compensate.  
Mokelumne Peak from the ski...
 


Mokelumne Peak can be climbed by either the northwest or northeast ridges. Both are rather easy class 2 hiking. Due to the relative remoteness of the peak, it sees only a few dozen ascents per year (at least as evidenced by the summit register). The most common and quickest approach is from the Tanglefoot trailhead located to the southwest. The peak can also be approached from the Silver Lake area or from the Mt. Reba vicinty off Hwy 4. All approaches to the peak are somewhat long, and will involve several miles of off-trail hiking. Winter attempts are possible, but most, if not all forest service roads are closed, making for exceptionally long approaches.

Mokelumne Peak is listed on the Sierra Club SPS List.

Getting There

Mokelumne Peak can be accessed by at least three different routes. The shortest being from the Tanglefoot Trailhead located near the Bear River Reservoir and the longest from Mt. Reba.

Route Overviews

RouteTrailhead MapApprox. DistanceTotal Elevation Gain
TanglefootTanglefoot Map15 Miles3,500 Feet
Plasse's ResortPlasse's Map18 Miles3,500 Feet
Mt. RebaMt. Reba Map25 Miles7,300 Feet

Tanglefoot Approach Detail The approach from the Tanglefoot Trailhead begins near the Bear River Reservoir off Hwy 88, approximately 37 miles past Jackson and 7 miles west from the Mormon Emigrant Trail.

  • Take the Bear River Reservoir exit and head downhill and cross over the dam.
  • Continue on this paved road, passing the South Shore and Pardoes Point campgrounds
  • .
  • After 4.25 miles on this road, take the first left turn at Forest Service road 8N14 (still paved). Follow signs to the Bear River Group and Cole Creek Campgrounds.
  • Stay on this road for another 5.7 miles. Signs begin to note distances to the Tanglefoot Trailhead.
  • Following the signs to Tanglefoot, turn left and cross two good bridges over Cole Creek. A dirt road continues to the trailhead, another 3.8 miles.
  • Follow the obvious main road, ignoring all spur routes. Just before the trailhead (3.6 miles or so), the road forks to the left and right. Continue left on 8N14E. The right turn on 8N14, is incorrect.
  • There is room at the trailhead for perhaps six or seven cars.

Plasse's Resort Approach Detail The approach from Plasse's Resort begins near Silver Lake, also off Hwy 88, approximately 49 miles past Jackson and 5.5 miles east from the Mormon Emigrant Trail. Not having approached the peak from this area, these directions may not be precise. The exit to the Plasse's Resort is on the south side of Hwy 88. Park as close to the Stockton Municipal Camp as possible. The trail is on the southeast side of the valley.

Mt. Reba Approach Detail From the town of Angels Camp on Hwy 49, turn east on Hwy 4. Travel about 47 miles to the Bear Valley Ski Resort, just before Lake Alpine. Turn north onto the road to the ski resort. After almost .25 mile, turn right (east) onto a spur road and continue to the trailhead. Again, as I have not hiked the peak from this area, directions may be imprecise. This approach is for the truly sadistic dayhiker. The round trip distance is about 25 miles, the total elevation gain (going up the Mokelumne River canyon twice) is a whopping 7,300 feet.

Red Tape

Permits are not required for day hikes in any season. Overnight trips do require a wilderness permit. Permits can be obtained in person at the Amador Ranger District or the Carson Pass Information Station. More information can be found at the Eldorado National Forest- Mokelumne Wilderness page.

You must have a campfire permit to use a stove, lantern, charcoal BBQ, or wood campfire outside of a developed campground or recreation area.

When To Climb

Due to the relative remoteness, Mokelumne Peak is most frequently climbed in the summer. It can however be climbed year round.

Camping

There are numerous Forest Service campsites in the area, most of which charge a nominal fee. Please visit the Eldorado National Forest website for more information.

There are also several private resorts in the area that have more developed accommodations.
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Mountain Conditions

For current conditions and information call the:

Eldorado National Forest
100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667
530-622-5061
530-642-5122 TTY




Beware that avalanches can be a distinct possibility after winter storms. Please check the Central Sierra Snow Advisory before leaving on any backcountry ski or snowshoe trip.

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JonodoUntitled Comment

Jonodo

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Good point on the elevation gain. I was measuring one way point to point. To be consistent with the other routes I changed the elevation gain to your suggestion. Thanks for the input.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 10:44 pm
JonodoUntitled Comment

Jonodo

Hasn't voted

Thanks for adding the link to the map. I've updated the elevation gain on the main page to be closer to reality.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 11:36 pm
Matthew HollimanUntitled Comment

Matthew Holliman

Voted 10/10

In winter and spring, Mokelumne Peak is most easily reached from Hwy 88 in the vicinity of Silver Lake. This is about 20mi and 3500'+ gain RT from the lake (there's a fair bit of up and down on the way to the peak from Plasse), but you can shave off a couple of miles and 700' gain from the day if you start instead from Tragedy Spring at the 7900' elevation. It should be possible to follow a dirt road along the ridge to Allen and then on to Plasse. A pullout along Hwy 88 provides parking for 1-2 cars.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 11:58 am
Bob BurdUntitled Comment

Bob Burd

Voted 10/10

The gain is off for the start from Plasse Resort even in summer. As Matthew points out, it is more like 3,500ft than 2,000ft. This map shows the alternative winter/spring start route that Matthew suggests.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 2:10 pm
JonodoUntitled Comment

Jonodo

Hasn't voted

Good point on the elevation gain. I was measuring one way point to point. To be consistent with the other routes I changed the elevation gain to your suggestion. Thanks for the input.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 10:44 pm
JonodoUntitled Comment

Jonodo

Hasn't voted

Thanks for adding the link to the map. I've updated the elevation gain on the main page to be closer to reality.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 11:36 pm
Matt WorsterTanglefoot correction

Matt Worster

Voted 10/10

At the fork just before the trailhead (approx. 3.3 mi.), you do go to the left, but you take 8N14E at the fork, and do NOT follow 8N14.



Trivial note: it appears the current trail has been relocated from that shown on the USGS topo. I haven't matched it up yet, but I'll check it out. Trailhead has not been relocated, but it is not where one would guess by looking at the topo. Only GPS users would really, care though :-)
Posted Jun 19, 2006 4:51 pm
JonodoRe: Tanglefoot correction

Jonodo

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the update. I've incorporated it into the text.
Posted Jun 21, 2006 4:48 pm

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