Mount Gould Climber's Log

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Ben FR - Jun 20, 2020 8:42 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2020

From Dragon/Gould ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up to the ridge between Dragon and Gould and traversed to Gould. The final move to get up to the Dragon/Gould ridge was class 3. The ridge was at least class 3 and you can avoid the exposure by downclimbing a little bit out on the east side to get around it. The final summit block on Gould was really fun. I counted at least two ways to do it.


Guilty - Jun 25, 2019 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2019

From kearsarge lake to Mt.Gould  Sucess!

Climbed from Owens trailhead to Kearsarge Lake then to the pass between Dragon Peak and Gould. Then to the summit block. Found some oxygen bottles on the way. Descend via Kearsarge pass and the regular trail back.


Bill562 - May 5, 2019 8:36 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2019

Skied  Sucess!

East Face via Gilbert Lake (I think that's the name)


asmrz - Dec 22, 2018 10:59 am Date Climbed: Mar 14, 1982

In Winter  Sucess!

Miguel Carmona and I skied the regular route one day after we skied the near-by Independence Peak. Either one of them can be done as a day trip.


LincolnB - Sep 20, 2018 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2013

From Onion Valley  Sucess!



wdimpfl - Dec 23, 2017 3:28 am Date Climbed: May 15, 1968

Huge Thunderstorm  Sucess!

Date uncertain. Some members of my UCI Mountaineering Club drove to Independence in the Owens Valley on eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada to climb University Peak. From the Onion Valley Campground we hiked up the trail to Gilbert Lake, where we made camp. That afternoon we continued up to Kearsarge Pass and scrambled to the summit of Mt. Gould, before returning to spend the night at our camp. That night a huge thunderstorm raged the whole night, causing us to huddle under our ground cloths (we didn't bring tents) to avoid becoming soaked. The next mourning we were waisted from having no sleep and packed back to our cars and drove home. The ranger at the lake hiked out too as he had been flooded out of his tent.


Ambret - Sep 4, 2016 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2016

From Kearsarge Pass  Sucess!

Hiked up to Kearsarge Pass from Onion Valley, then headed due north up toward Gould's summit. Use trails made for a relatively simple ascent.


Simkin - Aug 22, 2016 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2016

Via Golden Trout lakes  Sucess!

Here is the video:


mengbo - May 16, 2016 1:53 am Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

From Kearsarge Pass  Sucess!

first day of my backpacking trip. after this, i also bagged Rixford and Bago.

Brian Asher

Brian Asher - May 5, 2016 3:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2015

On way to Rae Lakes  Sucess!

Big day from Onion Valley. A good scramble up from Kearsarge Pass. Beautiful area. Continued on all the way to Rae Lakes and back for an incredible trail run.

Route here:


Fairweather - Oct 28, 2015 12:19 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1981

From Onion Valley  Sucess!

Nice day with plenty of snow remaining.
With Mark, Mark, and Scott.


jdmorehouse - Jun 19, 2015 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2015

Socked In  Sucess!

Cloud ceiling was below 11,000', so visibility was down to about 20' near the summit. Still some ice and snow near the class 3 crack to the top, so had to find another way up from the north side. No views at all!


SkyPilot84 - Sep 7, 2014 1:52 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2014

From Kearsarge Pass  Sucess!

Dayhike up from Onion Valley. I found that the easiest way up the summit block was on the western side. There are 3 or 4 class 3 steps that lead up to the summit.

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Aug 1, 2014 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Airy Side of Summit Block  Sucess!

Can't say I enjoyed the scramble up the scree from Kearsarge Pass, but it became more fun when we got to the sparse 3d class section. Getting up the summit block on its exposed side takes some concentration. Only room enough for two butts on the top of the block.


colinr - Jul 25, 2014 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2014

Golden Trout L., Gould, Dragon L., Rae Lakes, Glen Pass, Kearsarge Pass, O.V. dayhike loop  Sucess!

Scouted scrambles to and from Golden Trout Lake and Gould's south, north, and east ridges with my six-year-old daughter a few days before from Onion Valley, returning via Kearsarge Pass with a twenty-something named Alex we met at GTL. Started from Onion Valley just before dawn one morning, headed up to GTL, up the slope west-southwest of GTL to the first false summit area of the normal Kearsarge Pass route, summitted Gould, and traversed toward Dragon. At the radio transmitter I discovered I had forgotten my food (for the first time ever)! Found the radio transmitter building's door to be half broken off with an MRE waiting for me! Continued down Gould Pass to the lakes above Dragon Lake, then down to Dragon Lake and Rae Lakes. Saw my first people of the day on the JMT, then tons more people. Flew up and down Glen Pass and then bonked slightly part way up Kearsarge Pass. Sped up again on the way down to Onion Valley where I enjoyed dinner, shower, and a long drive home from a great first trip to Onion Valley area and the part of SEKI reachable on dayhikes from there.


Diesel - Jul 20, 2014 6:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013

Acclimatization hike  Sucess!

From Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass then right up the scree and talus to the summit. I intended this as an acclimatization hike for the higher hikes that followed. I started at 1:00PM which got me to the summit just in time for the daily thunderstorm! On the summit I couldn't see 10 meters ahead but I could hear the loud thunders. I run down to the trail fearing lightning.


SierraCJ - Jul 9, 2014 8:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2014

Very fun scramble  Sucess!

What a blast climbing up from Kearsarge Pass to the summit block. If not for the rain, lightning and thunder probably would have continued along the ridge. Next time.


pBerg - May 13, 2014 1:36 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2014

South Ridge  Sucess!

Day trip from Onion Valley via Kearsarge Pass. Snow on the ground but trail in good shape up to Kearsarge. Took the south ridge. Tropical-storm-force winds blew in from the west. Good snow pack for step kicking. Definitely required an ice axe with the wind and steep angles. Final summit block was a fun class 3 but pretty gnarly with the 50mph wind. Gorgeous day!


irrationalist - Jan 31, 2014 11:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013

CLMRG Mountaineering 101  Sucess!

Took this as part of the class in conjunction with Dragon Peak. The traverse was surprisingly simple if you find the right way. It was mucky by the time we got there so I have no idea what the views are like.


docrst - Jan 13, 2014 10:37 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

Gould from Kearsarge Pass  Sucess!

Great excursion from Kearsarge. Steady climb and then a fun scramble up the summit block. Unfortunately clouds arrived at the summit at the same time.

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