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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a way to make this fun by staying on the ridge from Lamarck Col. The view from the top is outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
From North Lake via Lamarck Lakes trail, then over Lamarck Col and up the southwest slopes. Solo from 11,900 ft to summit.
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 :)).
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!
With Dunbar Carpenter. On our way out of the Evolutions, a quick detour from the pass.
With brother Jon
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.
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.
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.
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.
So many firsts for me on this trip, it will be hard to forget.
With SMG, we climbed it from the trailhead in one very long day. Firm snow and some ice in on the route. The hardest part was the approach and descent which took so long due to talus and routefinding. Had the whole place to ourselves!