Mount Lamarck

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Mount Lamarck
Created On: Sep 30, 2002
Last Edited On: Jan 16, 2006


Mount Lamarck lies on the crest of the High Sierra about 1 1/2 miles north of Mount Darwin. While easily climbed from the cross country trail over Lamarck Col ( class 2 ), Mount Lamarck also has a moderate ice gully on the North Face which provides excellent snow and ice climbing. The South Slope and Southeast Slope are also class 2.
Mount Lamarck has an excellent view of Mounts Darwin and Mendel!

Getting There

Take Highway 168 from Bishop, CA. Follow the road to the North Lake trail head. Take the Lamarck Lake trail to Lower lamarck Lake. To climb the ice gully on the North Face, continue to Upper Lamack Lake. From here, rock hopping up the moraine past a glacial tarn leads to the pocket glacier at the base of the North Face.
For the class 2 route from Lamarck Col, leave the Lamarck Lakes trail between the Lower and Upper Lakes and head southwest along a faint path ( see R. J. Secors The High Sierra, Peaks, Passes and Trails guide book ).
The maps for this area are the Mt. Darwin and Mt. Thompson 7.5 minute USGS quadrangles.

Red Tape

Wilderness permits are required for overnight camping. There is a wilderness permit quota in effect from May 1st to November 1st. 60% of the wilderness permit quota is advance reservation ( $5.00 per person ) and 40% is available on a walk in first come first serve basis ( free ). See the Inyo National Forest website at for the most current information.

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permit Office - 873 North Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514
Reservation Line - 760 - 873 - 2483
Wilderness Permit Fax Line 760 - 873 - 2484
Wilderness Information - 760 - 873 - 2485

When To Climb

The best time for climbing Mount Lamarck is generally June - October.


Excellent camping sites can be found at Upper Lamarck Lake. There are also several campsites at the end of the road at North Lake ( fee required ). Wilderness permits are required for overnight camping - see the Red Tape section above.

Mountain Conditions

The most current information can be found at the Inyo National Forest website at The website is another good resource.

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schmed - Sep 24, 2011 11:27 pm - Hasn't voted

NW Lamarck

Hi There,

I'd really like to move information from my existing “Northwest Lamarck” page to this page, and then delete my page. I don't think it really makes sense for them to be separate given the proximity of these two summits. Perhaps it might be sufficient to include one section labeled “Northwest Lamarck” on this page? Please let me know what your thoughts are on the matter.


- Chris

Craig Peer

Craig Peer - Sep 25, 2011 5:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: NW Lamarck

Sure - ask a moderator the best way to do this. Craig

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 4, 2013 11:47 am - Hasn't voted

Re: NW Lamarck

As page owner, you can simply create a new section on the page and copy over whatever Schmed wants. I can do this as well if you're too busy but prefer to ask before going and messing with people's pages.

Alternately, I could adopt this page if you're no longer interested in maintaining it. I climbed the peak last summer and could add some route details from the col and also update information about the trailhead, which is a pain to access unless you can snag a campsite at road's end.

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