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Point 10,659 - Hoover Wilderness
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Point 10,659 - Hoover Wilderness

 
Point 10,659 - Hoover Wilderness

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.27452°N / 119.50222°W

Object Title: Point 10,659 - Hoover Wilderness

County: Mono

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10659 ft / 3249 m

 

Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: Jun 15, 2014 / Jun 16, 2014

Object ID: 900793

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Overview

Looking towards the summit
Looking towards the summit


Situated 1 ½ miles from Mount Emma 10,525’ and a little over 1 1/3 miles from Peak 10727 (the highest point on the massif/ridge), is a not-so-minor crest on the west side of the massif/ridge. This unnamed point is quite appealing when it comes into view. Initially it appears similar to Leavitt Peak, albeit quite a bit lower.

On USGS maps, it is referred to as Point 10,659. There a massive drop off on its east face that is quite impressive. It is very accessible, like its neighbors, and makes for a fun side trip if hiking Mount Emma, Peak 10727, or all three.

It has a prominence of about 265’, making it not its own peak, but merely a point. It looks like its own peak from a distance, and is separated enough from its neighbors to warrant its own page. The views of surrounding peaks are astounding, and it is a wonderful place to take in the views and grab some lunch.

Camping is available at Obsidian Campground and sites are first come, first serve. There is access from the Campground to Emma Lake and to Walker Mountain 11,563’ to the southwest.

Given its located in the eastern extension of the Sierra Nevada range, hiking season here generally begins in June and lasts through October.

Getting There

From the north: At the junction of Highway 108 and Highway 395 continue south for about three quarters of a mile and turn sharp right on forest road 066 (Little Walker Road).

From the south: From Bridgeport go north on Highway 395 for about 16.5 miles and turn left onto forest road 066 (Little Walker Road).

Continue south on this dirt road, passable to all vehicles for about 3 ½ miles to Obsidian Campground at about 7,700’. You can hike from here and cut up to the road, adding about 3 miles round trip, or continue up the 4WD road about 3.3 miles to the actual trailhead at Stockade Flat 8,590’.  The 4WD road isn't horrible, and probably accessible via a high clearance 2WD.  The issue with the road is there are some decent size rocks in spots.  Any SUV could easily make it up.

Route

Either start at Obsidian Flat and hike towards the road to Stockade Flat, or drive up to Stockade Flat. Driving up to the higher trailhead is probably better, because it allows for more exploration of the high country.

From the trailhead at Stockade Flat, head about a mile or so to Emma Lake.

Ridge above Emma Lake
Ridge above Emma Lake


Once at Emma Lake, head to the right side of the lake and keep going to a ridge. That ridge goes southwest around to the hill rising above the lake to the West. That hill is jus a bump on the ridge. Head steeply up the forested side of the ridge and reach the crest of the ridge. The ridge continues steeply up slope until you are above the trees. Point 10,659’ is in view to the West. The summit is reached after about 2.8 miles.

Peak 10727 can be added with another mile for which the descent route to Emma Lake is described on the Peak 10727 page. Emma Peak can also be added if doing a loop. All three can be done in about 7 2/3 miles.

Red Tape

The trailhead is in the Toiyabe National Forest and no permits are required. Camping cost $12 per vehicle at Obsidian Campground.

External Links

Obsidian Campground

Images

Ridge above Emma LakePoint 10,659 from the ridgeView of Tower Peak 11,755\' from Point 10,659Looking towards the summitDescending back from Emma Lake towards the parking area at Stockade FlatEntering the Hoover Wilderness towards Emma LakeDescending from the summit
Steep east face of Point 10,659Leavitt Peak 11,570\' from Point 10,659Southern view from Point 10,659