Carson Peak

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
California, United States, North America
County:
Mono
Activities:
Hiking, Trad Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
10909 ft / 3325 m
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Carson Peak
Created On: Jun 13, 2010
Last Edited On: Aug 28, 2015

Overview

 
Reflection
Carson Peak above Silver Lake
The striking north face of Carson Peak rising above the June Lakes area is one of the most photogenic scenes in the Eastern Sierra gracing postcards and picture books.
From other sides this peak is a rather undistinguished walk up-scramble. The north face offers several class 5 climbing routes. A prominent chute dropping from the east side of the northeast face looks like a hair raising ski descent. Ski runs are featured in John Moyniers Back Country Skiing Californias High Sierra.
The east slope is class 2 from Fern Lake and the west slope is class 2 with class 3 options  from Spooky Meadow. The south side is a stroll from the plateau between San Joaquin Mountain and Carson Peak.
There are outstanding views of the June Lakes area below to the north as well as the Ritter Range to the west.

Getting There

 
Carson Peak from the east
Carson Peak from the east
West slope route: From the junction of Hwy. 120 go south of Hwy. 395 4.5 miles to Hwy. 158 (the north entrance of the Junes Lakes Loop). Go south on 158 8.6 miles and take the trail to Agnew Lake right across from Silver Lake 2 miles up to Agnew Lake. Take the trail to the left side of the lake southwest on up 1 mile and break trail to the left into Spooky Meadow. Scramble the west slope of Carson Peak to the plateau and walk north to the summit.
West slope variation: Instead of going straight up the west slope from Spooky Meadow you can continue on the trail past the meadow. It gradually climbs southwest about a half mile. Here you can hike south up onto the plateau above the cirque coming around from the west slope. Then go northeast to the summit.
East slope route: From The junction of Hwy. 120 go south on Hwy. 395 10.8 miles to Hwy. 158 (the south entrance of the June Lakes loop). Go southwest 5.3 miles to the Fern Lake trail. Hike up south 1.7 miles to Fern Lake and take the east slope of Carson Peak up to the plateau. Walk north to the summit.

Climbing routes on the north face
Left Rib, III 5.9. A1, Pete Kilbourne and Loring Young, June 11, 1974.
Central Rib, IV, 5.8, Pete Kilbourne, Vern Clevenger and Bill Dougherty, September 6 1974.
Saint's Way, IV, 5.9, Dean Roseneau and Doug Nidever, April 1992.

Descriptions of these routes can be found in The High Sierra Peaks Passes and Trails by R.J. Secor.

Red Tape

 
Carson Peak above Silver Lake
From Silver Lake
 
Looking down on June Lakes area from Carson Peak
June Lakes area from Carson Peak
This is a day hike in Inyo National Forest and no permits are required.

Camping

 
Ritter Range from Carson Peak
Ritter Range from Carson Peak
Silver Lake campground: On the west side of the lake 8.5 miles in from the north entrance of the June Lakes Loop at 7,200'.
Gull Lake campground: At Gull Lake 3 miles in on the June Lakes Loop from the south entrance at 7,600'.
June Lake campgrounds: one at the northeast end and one at the southwest end of the lake which starts 1.5 miles in on the June Lakes Loop south entrance at 7,600'.

Etymology

 
Northwest from Carson Peak
Northwest from Carson Peak
Carson Peak (3,325) m.-10,909) Devils Postpile 15', Mammoth Mtn. 7 1/2'
"For the first owner of the Silver Lake Resort." (Smith, 24.) (INF)
Place Names of the Sierra Nevada by Peter Browning

Current weather and 5 day forecast

 
North from Carson Peak, 10,909
North from Carson Peak
Current weather and 5 day forecast for the June Lakes Sierra click here.

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Jesus Malverde

Jesus Malverde - Aug 26, 2012 11:21 am - Hasn't voted

Ice Climbing available Near Carson Peak/Westslope Route

Ice Climbing available Near Carson Peak/Westslope Route

Tamtums and Horseshoe Falls



See Eastern Sierra Ice by Robert "SP" Parker/June Lake Ice Section

Older, online version pages: 10-11

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~mamiller/docs/rec/climbing/ice/easternsierra.pdf



Second Edition, hardcopy, pages 18-20

http://www.sierramountaincenter.com/iceGuide-EasternSierraIce.html

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