Mount Lamarck Climber's Log

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YEM - Jul 27, 2020 12:09 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2020

Back In Action!!  Sucess!

After three climbs in five years, this summit "Lamarcked" my return to the mountains. After so much time off, I used this as a reintroduction trip to get my legs, gear and mind back into the swing of things. I took the standard route up to Lamarck Col and camped on the plateau after climbing all of the summit pinnacles. I relearned a lot of lessons that prepared me for the season to come. Such a beautiful area and the views of Darwin carried me into the following week's return to the area.


colingregory - Jul 7, 2020 9:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2020

Backpack  Sucess!

Day 4, we packed up in Darwin Canyon and headed back up the col. Once at the top, we dropped our stuff and headed over to Lamarck and Lamarck North. This was surprisingly some of the best climbing of the trip. I suppose you could keep it class two if you dropped down and forced it. We chose to stay on the ridge and looked for more challenging class 3 whenever possible!

naura - Oct 14, 2018 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2018

Fun late-season scramble with great views  Sucess!

We had planned to go over Lamarck Col but were turned away by the last snowfield, which looked like it needed an ice ax and crampons. Scrambled up Mt. Lamarck as a consolation prize. Class 2 with a few class 3 moves on the route we took up the SE face. Lovely views of the snow-dusted Sierra, the Lamarck lakes, no wildfire smoke!


Diesel - Jun 29, 2018 7:19 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2018

A short hike became a long hike  Sucess!

Started at 4:45 from the parking lot. From all the pictures on summit post, I had the wrong idea which was Mount Lamarck. Once at the moraine, I decided not to cross it but rather climb the class three at my left. That took me to the ridge. I followed the ridge and continued to the mountain. I climbed the mountain shown in pictures, on snow and ice, just to realize that Lamarck was the bigger mountain to the North. I eventually got to the top of Lamarck. Going down I wanted to take the full of snow slope, but somehow I bypassed it. I took a chute down and crossed the dreaded moraine. Be aware, millions of mosquitoes around the lakes. Because of hiking the no name peaks to the South, a half day hike took me 10 hours to complete.


jdmorehouse - Aug 18, 2017 3:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2017

Lamarck, and two others  Sucess!

Greg G and I climbed Lamarck, then Lamarck Northwest and the south summit as well. The next day we hit 13,172' and peak 12,978 before heading back down to North Lake.


mengbo - Sep 26, 2016 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2016

Solo Day Hike  Sucess!

From North Lake trailhead. Route: North Lake TH -> Mt Lamarck via SE slope -> Darwin Canyon -> Mt Goethe -> Alpine Col -> Muriel Lake -> Piute Pass -> North Lake TH, 19.2 miles round trip with 7,200 ft gain.

trexkerry - Sep 20, 2015 2:29 am Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2015

From the col  Sucess!

From North Lakes up to the Lamarck Col, I went over the col and dropped maybe 100 feet to easier ground before traversing to the SW slope of Lamarck an N Lamarck. On descent I traversed the ridge almost back to the col, exiting down the SE face when the scree looked manageable. This was much faster and would have been a better ascent route too.


Romain - Sep 13, 2014 7:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2014

From the Col  Sucess!

There is a way to make this fun by staying on the ridge from Lamarck Col. The view from the top is outstanding.


SierraCJ - Sep 1, 2014 11:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

Up & Back Southeast Ridge  Sucess!

Day hike from North Lake to summit and other unnamed peak above Darwin Canyon. Spectacular views of Mount Darwin, Mount Mendel and Darwin Canyon, just to name a few.


calipidder - Aug 24, 2014 6:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2014

Up col, down SE slope  Sucess!

My final peak of a two week trip. Took the col route up since I wasn't sure about the SE face, but met another climber near the summit who gave me beta for the descent. Ended up saving me about 30 minutes. Super great hike with views to kill for.


colinr - Jul 25, 2014 5:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2014

with Darwin Bench and Lamarck ridge highpoints  Sucess!

Long day hike from North Lake TH, over Lamarck Col, down Darwin Canyon to Darwin Bench, most of the way back up canyon, x-country up to Lamarck ridge, tagged several high points, finally tagged (the lower) official Mount Lamarck summit, then scrambled down the southeast ridge boulders and hiked back out to the TH.


orbitor - Jul 3, 2014 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2013

Via Lamarck Col  Sucess!

From North Lake via Lamarck Lakes trail, then over Lamarck Col and up the southwest slopes. Solo from 11,900 ft to summit.


Jurgen - Jun 8, 2014 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014

Day Hike from North Lake  Sucess!

Great day hike from North Lake campground. Took the southeast face route up and down (scrambling while ascending en snow sliding on our descent). I really liked the view towards Darwin and Mendel. There are always more new summits when you did one... Guess the peak bagging never ends (fortunatly :)).


AceSierra - Aug 8, 2013 11:10 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011

From North Lake  Sucess!

After the amazing 2010-2011 snow year, still a good amount of snow in the area in mid-September. Long day for us from North Lake, but very nice views indeed. Mt. Darwin is a monster!


ajberry - Oct 27, 2012 4:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2009

From the Col  Sucess!

With Dunbar Carpenter. On our way out of the Evolutions, a quick detour from the pass.


LincolnB - Aug 3, 2012 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2003

2003  Sucess!

With brother Jon


cab - Jul 23, 2012 10:31 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

North Lake  Sucess!

Started early with plans to climb Lamarck and then continue over Lamarck Col to Darwin Canyon and Mt. Goethe but totally lost my mojo along the way and settled for just Lamarck. Nice hike though.


Ruvicha - Apr 14, 2012 8:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011

Long, Beautiful Hike  Sucess!

Hiked this with Ambret (see his comment on summit log). The route isn't crowded but it's never empty, either as backpacking groups are coming or going over Lamarck Col, although not so many actually appear to summit Lamarck itself. We had a sunny day but it was windy and cold on the top, so be prepared.


96avs01 - Oct 1, 2011 8:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2011

Snowy Sept Summit  Sucess!

Chased off the summit at noon by snow flurries, by the time we reached treeline it had evolved into hail/sleet and lightning/thunder. Weather added an interesting twist to this walk-up.


Ambret - Aug 18, 2011 2:07 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011

Great Hike  Sucess!

Summited Lamarck from the North Lake trailhead. Quite a bit of snow leading up to the Lamarck Col, but it was easy to skirt. We decided to ascend the southeast face rather than going via the Col -- the route was shorter and avoided having to cross a snowbank, where a slip would have led to a very cold swim. A fun and (for us) challenging hike. Great views in all directions.

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