Laurel Mtn. and the Ritter Range from McGee Mtn.
McGee Mountain is a large rather flat-top scarp mountain in the Eastern Sierra
south of Mammoth Lakes a few miles west of Lake Crowley. It is bordered by Convict Creek to the northwest and McGee Creek to the south and acts as something of a visual barrier to the higher peaks Mount Baldwin, White Fang and Mount Morrison
from Highway 395 to the east. The locals have skied the peak for years and there is a quite challenging 4WD road that switchbacks up the north slope from Tobacco Flat to the large hanging valley a few hundred feet below the summit for the few who are rigged to handle the terrain.
The northwest and south slopes are class 2.
Starting with the colorful Sevehah Cliff on the east face of Laurel Mountain
there is an expansive view northwest emcompassing the Ritter Range and the big peaks west of Mono Lake. To the south is the impressive Nevahbe Ridge directly over Mc Gee Canyon. To the southwest the views include Mount Crocker
, Red Slate Mountain
, Mount Baldwin, White Fang and Mount Morrison.
Hanging Valley northwest of McGee Mtn.Northwest slope from Convict Lake
: From the junction of Hwy. 203 in Mammoth take Hwy. 395 south 4.5 miles to the Convict Lake Road. From Bishop go north 34 miles on Hwy. 395 from the junction with Hwy. 6 at the north end of town.
Turn southwest and go 2.3 miles to the Campground area at 7,700'.
Scramble south about 500 verticle ft. up a sagebrush moraine into the hanging valley between Mono Jim Peak (the dark brown peak in front of Mt. Morrison) and McGee Mountain. Hike about a mile south up the valley and ascend the northwest slope to the big upper hanging valley. Continue another 1.3 miles southeast to the peak.
South Slope from McGee Creek
: From the junction of Hwy 203 and 395 go south 8.7 miles to the McGee Creek Road.
From Bishop go north 30 miles from the junction with Hwy. 6 at the north end of town.
At McGee Creek road go south 4 miles to Upper McGee Creek Campground at 8,100'.
Ascend the south slope 1.5 miles starting with relatively stable sandy sagebrush and on up to the plateau at 10,470'. Go east .5 miles to the summit.
4WD road up McGee Mountain
: Trip report
by Bob Burd
Northwest from McGee Mtn.
Laurel Mtn from Convict Lake area
The mountain is on the border of the John Muir Wilderness and the Inyo National Forest. No permits are required to hike this peak.
Mt. Morrison from McGee Mtn. northwest slope
There is a campground at the end of the Convict Lake
road at the northeast end of Convict Lake at 7,700'.
There is the McGee Creek Campground
1.8 miles in on the McGee Creek Road to the left at 7,600'.
There is also the Upper McGee Creek Campground
4 miles in at the end of the McGee Creek Road at 8,100'.
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Nevahbe Ridge and Mt. Morgan north from McGee mtn.Click here
for Mammoth Lakes 5 day forecast.
Three McGee brothers, Alney, John, and Bart were pioneer cattlemen in Mono and Inyo counties. This
McGee Creek was named for Alney Lee McGee. All these other "McGee" names probably are derived from the creek. The creek and the mountain are named on the first Mt. Morrison
and Mt. Goddard
30-minute maps.,1914 and 1912 respectively. (Robert M. Harper, great grand nephew of Alney Lee McGee.) (INF)
Place Names of the SIerra Nevada
by Peter Browning