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Pointless Peak

 
Pointless Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.46110°N / 118.7545°W

Object Title: Pointless Peak

Elevation: 12256 ft / 3736 m

 

Page By: clmber14

Created/Edited: Mar 27, 2003 / Sep 9, 2004

Object ID: 151538

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Overview


This prominant mountain has also been nicknamed "mono mesa" on some maps since the top of the mountain is relatively flat. Not too many people seem to climb this mountain, which is kind of odd since it is so close to a popular trailhead. I must have counted no more than 2 dozen log entries in the summit register. The easiest route to the top is a long class 2 climb (almost 2000 feet from the base) up a sandy shoot on the east side of the peak. It is also said to be a class 3 traverse from half moon pass to the summit plateau, and there are also several class 5+ multi pitch climbs on the north side of the mountain just above lake patricia.

Getting There


from 395 northbound, make a left at Rock Creek Lakes road turnoff about a half an hour north of Bishop. From there, drive up the windy two lane road about eight miles until you see Rock Creek Lakes Resort on the right hand side. Just a quarter of a mile up the road from there you will come to some parking spaces on the right hand side. This is where you will want to park to climb the east side of the mountain. From this parking lot, follow the small creek that flows under the parking spaces upstream for about a mile until you get into the bowl below half moon pass (there is a little bit of bushwacking through some dwarfed aspen, but the rest of the way is free of brush). From the center of the bowl, head southward toward the mountain and then once you get to the base of the south side, traverse around to the east side of the mountain until you come to the base of the two sand shoots (this traverse from the creek avoids a lot of bushwacking that you would encounter if you had hiked directly to the base from the parking lot). I would Recommend climbing the sand shoot on the far left side of the mountains east face since the other one has some class 3 rock towards the top.

Red Tape


As I can recall, you only need a permit for backpacking overnight. day hiking permits or parking permits are not required for this trailhead. The trailhead is closed from the first major snowstorm, usually in november, until the snow melts in april or may, depending on the winter snowpack. The forest service only plows the road up to the East fork campground in the wintertime, which is miles down the road from the trailhead.

When To Climb


I recommend climbing the mountain in august or september when most of the snow has melted off the mountain. Caution should be taken for winter ascents of the mountain due to high risks for avalanches in this area. Years ago, a major avalanche tumbled off of nearby Mt. Starr and destroyed dozens of trees in its path and flattened the bathrooms at the mosquito flats campground.

Camping


camping is allowed in several campsites located up and down the canyon from the trailhead. Most are first come first serve with a few spaces you can reserve ahead of time. Most of the campgrounds have flush toilets and water and run usually between 13 and 15 dollars a night depending on the season. Most of the campgrounds are closed in the wintertime. You can backpack to the top of the mountain and camp on the summit plateau, but you will need to get an overnight permit since the mountain is located in the wilderness area. You can get overnight permits at the white mountain ranger station located in the town of Bishop.

Mountain Conditions


the best websight with the most up to date info is at www.rockcreeklake.com which also has other eastern sierra information links and telephone numbers.

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clmber14Untitled Comment

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Thanks for noting my mistake on the term "chute". I will make the corrections immediately. This mountain is not "officially" named on any maps so there are actually many nicknames for the mountain. I have talked to a lot of the locals in the eastern sierra and most of them have referred to the mountain as slide mountain due to its unusually high avalanche danger. Ive actually only talked to one person who's reffered to it as pointless peak, so I wonder if R.J Secor made it up.
Posted Mar 28, 2003 4:01 pm
steelemanUntitled Comment

steeleman

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Thanks for adding the page on a good but relatively unknown peak. The reference to pointless peak can be found not only in Secor's book, but also in John Moynier's "Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra", which is the definitive book on bc ski descents and crest tours in the eastern sierra. John's been skiing this area of the sierra for too many years to count, and if you read Secor you'll also see he boasts numerous first winter ascents in the Rock Creek and other areas. Probably from reading Moynier's book, all of my friends call this peak "Pointless Peak", although I have heard it called mono mesa once or twice. FWIW, i've never heard it called slide mountain. I only clicked on this page b/c i thought it was the "slide mountain" up near the sawtooth ridge in yosemite.





And while you are correct that there can be serious avy danger on the east chutes of Pointless, i would recommend that the peak be climbed in winter (taking care, obviously, in high avy conditions). The snow makes for an easier ascent, and the skiing down the hill to Rock Creek is awesome.





The Mt. Starr avalanche gullies can be seen on this page from a trip back at the beginning of March.
Posted Mar 31, 2003 12:14 pm
Bob BurdUntitled Comment

Bob Burd

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This is the peak Secor calls "Pointless Peak." He also mentions that it has been called Mono Mesa. Do you know where the name Slide Mtn originated, or who uses it?





Lat/Lon: 37.4612 / -118.7533





Spelling note: "shoot" in several places should be spelled "chute"
Posted Mar 28, 2003 7:52 am
clmber14Untitled Comment

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Thanks for noting my mistake on the term "chute". I will make the corrections immediately. This mountain is not "officially" named on any maps so there are actually many nicknames for the mountain. I have talked to a lot of the locals in the eastern sierra and most of them have referred to the mountain as slide mountain due to its unusually high avalanche danger. Ive actually only talked to one person who's reffered to it as pointless peak, so I wonder if R.J Secor made it up.
Posted Mar 28, 2003 4:01 pm
steelemanUntitled Comment

steeleman

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Thanks for adding the page on a good but relatively unknown peak. The reference to pointless peak can be found not only in Secor's book, but also in John Moynier's "Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra", which is the definitive book on bc ski descents and crest tours in the eastern sierra. John's been skiing this area of the sierra for too many years to count, and if you read Secor you'll also see he boasts numerous first winter ascents in the Rock Creek and other areas. Probably from reading Moynier's book, all of my friends call this peak "Pointless Peak", although I have heard it called mono mesa once or twice. FWIW, i've never heard it called slide mountain. I only clicked on this page b/c i thought it was the "slide mountain" up near the sawtooth ridge in yosemite.





And while you are correct that there can be serious avy danger on the east chutes of Pointless, i would recommend that the peak be climbed in winter (taking care, obviously, in high avy conditions). The snow makes for an easier ascent, and the skiing down the hill to Rock Creek is awesome.





The Mt. Starr avalanche gullies can be seen on this page from a trip back at the beginning of March.
Posted Mar 31, 2003 12:14 pm
thebeave7Untitled Comment

thebeave7

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Hey Justin, its Eric. Very nice page, we should head up to Slide Mt and Mt Starr sometime. Try adding these coordinates in under Long/Lat on the edit page


Lat 37.4612 and Long -118.7534


That will give your page a link to Topozone maps and allow all people to see where the Mt is located. Peace bro.


Posted May 28, 2003 11:27 pm
ridgelineUntitled Comment

ridgeline

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I suggest parking where the creek goes under RC road then walking south to the corral sign, make a right and walk west to the back of the corral and find the trail heading out. Dodge the horse x#@T as you make your way south looking to the right 100' to 300' for the use trail that leads to the base of Pointless Pk with no bushwhacking.

I think Secor is wrong about a class 1 rt I looked, all class 2 and 3.

The chute to the far left on the east side is 30deg to 40deg+

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by ridgeline2
Posted Sep 14, 2006 3:30 am

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