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urnotrealFrom Goddard Lake Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013


Hit this guy up on the way out of Ionian Basin. A bit of a slog until the traverse between summits but phenomenal views at the top.
Posted Nov 11, 2014 9:46 pm

RomainStarr's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2014


From Wanda Lake. This is a nice route; some class 3 is almost unavoidable.
Posted Sep 13, 2014 8:14 pm

seanoStarr's Route from Lake Sabrina  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011


Approaching over Haeckel Col is much shorter than over Lamarck Col, and easily done at night. Horrible choss-heap, but with spectacular views. Trip report
Posted Feb 4, 2012 2:01 pm

mrchad9SE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


After the morning on Scylla during a long weekend in Ionian Basin, crossed Lake 11818 (literally, you can step from one peninsula to the other right in the middle) and worked my way over the the SE Ridge of Goddard. Followed the east ridge back to camp at Lake 11592 before humping it out to Wanda Lake for the last evening.

This peak is a gigantic loose pile of crap, not very interesting going up but the views are far and away the most comprehensive I have seen the in Sierra (I've noticed over the last couple years that no matter what peak I climbed Mount Goddard always seemed visible). Clears views from Lyell and Ritter to Whitney and Kaweah, could easily distingush 12 Emblem peaks (and I am sure Clarence King was in there somewhere too).
Posted Sep 6, 2011 3:02 pm

labglovesSW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Part of a weekly long backpack out of Courtright. Went to Martha via Gunsight Pass - exited via Hell for Sure pass.
Posted Dec 20, 2010 1:25 pm

winemanvanThirty-three years later  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010


I revisited this magnificent summit 33 years after my first ascent. My brother Mike, my nephew Andrew from Portland Oregon and I woke up early to 19ºf temps and scrambled from the lake at the base of the SW chute, and reached the summit pretty quick. The views are excellent. There was smoke from a fire down near Cedar Grove, but visibility was really good. Could have stayed up there all day, but it was really cold and windy. It snowed the next day.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 2:17 pm

muajeevia SW Ridge/West Chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010


Backpacked to Martha Lake from Florence Lake and went up via SW ridge.

Awesome view, awesome summit, and an awesome peak! We had the whole route and summit to ourselves. It's very cool to finally see the Ionian Basin in person (someday I will be there). It's also cool that we're the fifth party to sign the summit register this year, which makes me wonder.... We/I might actually made the first Taiwanese ascent of Goddard...?!! Due to its remoteness and not as famous as other landmarks close to the roads in the parks, it's highly possible....
Posted Sep 9, 2010 3:25 pm

winemanvanRe: via SW Ridge/West Chute


I signed the register 10 days after you did. You're right Goddard is an amazing peak with an outstanding view. You should definitely visit the Ionian Basin. It's rough, but one of the most beautiful and remote places in the Sierra.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 2:08 pm

winemanvanOne of the Best Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 1977


From Martha Lake. It snowed for a couple of days, so we hunkered down at the small(frozen)lake between Martha and the Ionian Basin. When the weather cleared we scrambled up the SW ridge and enjoyed one of the best view of the Sierras. Amazing! I will climb it again this summer if all goes well.
Posted Mar 15, 2010 12:39 pm

murraymcleodFrom Martha Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 1984


Climbed with Mark Danner and Keith Erke from Martha lake. Others (Steve Presho, Ryan Snedden) made it to the lower of the twin summits, but wouldn't cross the ridge to the real summit. All part of a Courtright/Hell for Sure/Martha L./Rainbow Lake/Blackcap Basin trip.
Posted Jan 8, 2010 2:53 am

Princess ButtercupStarr's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

Princess Buttercup

Up from EVO Lake.
Posted Nov 30, 2009 11:32 pm

boyblueWest-ish to East-ish Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 1979


From Martha Lake I went up a steep chute on the west side of the southwest shoulder (exactly the opposite side of the ridge from the West Chute). Crossed over both summits and dropped down near Ionian to explore some of the lakes.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 6:32 pm

LakesideHikerNE Col from lake west of Goddard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Brought up my son (13 yrs), son-in-law and his brother (14 yrs). It was their first peak, and my first time to ascend Goddard. We had planned on going out through the Ionian Basin, but I lost a day due to altitude sickness. In the band between 12900 and 13300, we encountered a thick host of migrating Monarch butterflies. Clear weather, no smoke, was encountered at the top (you could see the coast range). A long drive from Montana, but it was worth the effort.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 5:58 pm

leftyStarr's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008


Hiked from Evolution Lake. We found some class three on the way up but found a nice class 2 escape route on the way down to the east a little past the notch.
Posted Jul 9, 2008 1:33 am

bechttStarr's route (ascent); SW slope (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007


Easy climb from Wanda Lake. Views were worth it. Descended via SW slope into the Ionian Basin. Peak #7 on JMT adventure.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 5:25 pm

PantilatStarr's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


Climbed via North Lake/Lamarck Col/Darwin Canyon in 15:15 roundtrip (6 hours, 55 minutes car to summit). Pretty sweet climb!
Posted Jul 2, 2007 11:57 am

MoabPeakBaggersw ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2003


SW Ridge from Martha Lake... first major Sierra peak and it blew my mind. Exited via Ionian Basin, which is probably the coolest place in the whole Sierra.
Posted Jun 9, 2007 8:32 pm

David SenesacSW ridge again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 1981

David Senesac

Yup brought some friends up this time.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 6:05 am

David SenesacSW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1980

David Senesac

Yup from the southwest via Martha lake solo and recall meeting some others at the top.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 6:01 am

xharvSouthwest Ridge from Martha Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


Climbed it with sodapants on August 11, 2006. Four hours up, two hours down (with rests). The route is class-2 all the way from Martha Lake to the (lower) South Peak on the southwest ridge. However, there is still plenty of snow on the chute from "Lake 12,240". Crampons are useful, ice axe necessary there.

The South Peak is no more than 200 feet from the main summit. Route's last 100 feet is on a narrow crest. Crossing pinnacles on the crest requires some simple class-3 moves.

Summit register is stolen, but its aluminum cylinder is still there, with a map sheet in it, left by Langenbacher on July 29, 2006. According to this auxiliary register, a party of two summited on August 1 (Starr route from Wanda Lake). No other visitors since. Surprisingly little traffic for a peak with such a fantastic view. Find more in a brief photo report.

Posted Aug 22, 2006 1:16 am

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