OverviewEastern Sierra. It is composed of metamorphic slate like its neighbors Mt. Lewis, Mt. Gibbs and Mt Dana to the north. This big massif also includes Parker Peak 12,851', (Norman Clydes first, first ascent) on its northwest side where it connects with Koips Peak Pass. Wood has 2 summits. One overlooks the east slope and the named summit .2 miles west of it.
The east slope is a big dayhike involving over 5,400' of gain from Silver Lake or an easy hike from Koips Peak Pass from which it could be combined with Parker Peak on an overnighter.
The east slope is a featured ski run in John Moynier's "Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra".
FROM SILVER LAKE, JUNE LAKES: Take the trail from Silver Lake south then west up past Agnew and Gems Lakes, then north up past Alger Lakes to Koips Peak Pass at 10.5 miles.
MT. WOOD EAST SLOPE: From the north end of Silver Lake take the Parker Lake trail north to a saddle at 1.8 miles. Go west southwest up the east slope (class 2) of Mt. Wood to a plateau on the southeast slope (approx. 11,300'). Take the southeast slope to the summit.
The approach through Yosemite Nat. Park requires overnight permits obtained by calling Yosemite National Park 209-372-0200.
The approach from the south out of June Lakes goes though the Minaret Wilderness and permits are required for overnight. Call the Ansel Adams Wilderness (which includes the Minaret Wilderness) 760-924-5500.