Olancha Peak Climber's Log

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holly sorenson

holly sorenson - Jun 20, 2011 11:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

sage flat  Sucess!

Alice and I bush wacked from the cow trail, following her "track' on her GPS to the PCH. Nasty route through manzanita, but saw bear tracks in the sand, bounding deer, and a bright green frog. Nice pay-off for blood loss in the 'thrash-fest' that was supposed to be the "shortcut" :)
Great summit day, Returned via trail. Ahhhhh....

GigaMike

GigaMike - May 23, 2011 2:28 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2011

Sage Flat  Sucess!

Dayhike from Sage Flat with a great group.

Thomas Erspamer

Thomas Erspamer - Nov 7, 2010 12:31 pm Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010

From Sage Flat  Sucess!

Departed Sage Flats at 4:30 am. Returned 7:00 pm. 14:30 RT. Excellent weather conditions. Clear skies with temperatures ranging from 45F to 65F. Followed route on Bob Burd's map on the ascent. We descended down the easier north slope then did a 180 degree arc traversing the west slope in the forest below the summit block connecting with the trail at the 10,600' knob. Connecting here avoids unnecessary altitude gain on the return trip. 8 hours up. 6.5 hours down. We made the mistake of taking the Cow Highway as a "short cut" on the way down. Don't take this route up or down. The "highway" looked like it had been flash flooded. It was littered with toaster-sized boulders for much of the way making the going slow and painful. Besides that it is an ecological disaster. The creek bed it occupies is completely destroyed. It's hillside is in a state of severe hyper-erosion. You must carry all your water (I consumed 5.5 liters). Although we crossed several running streams (storms had dropped a little rain and snow in the preceding weeks), cattle grazing has resulted in obvious water pollution. All told we had an excellent outing. Through the clear, deep dark, moonless starry night we could see the glow of Las Vegas in the morning. Visibility from the summit was excellent. We were lucky.

kraymes

kraymes - May 22, 2010 12:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1987

North East Ridge  Sucess!

What a fiasco this was. Twisted my ankle at 9000', buckled down and summitted. Came off at night in a raging lightening storm to 2 flat tires on the ole Commanche. Changed the spare and drove out on the flat/rim to the what is now the Olancha Mobil and put some fix a flat in a drove to the house (I was living behind Hiawee at the time).

sierragator

sierragator - Apr 11, 2010 11:14 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2010

sage flat sans manzanitas  Sucess!

http://sierragator.smugmug.com/gallery/11794870_PBrQq#833103455_phUQx

Princess Buttercup

Princess Buttercup - Dec 1, 2009 12:16 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

From Sage Flat  Sucess!

Long day with plenty of bushwhacking through hellish manzanita. Punishment for something, I just don't know what...

KVHiker

KVHiker - Aug 13, 2009 6:40 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

Manzanita Hike  Sucess!

I went on a hike on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 to Olancha Peak. I car camped at the trailhead at Sage Flat so that we could make an Alpine start. I arose at 3:50AM, and got myself ready to go. We set out at about 4:45AM and I entered the Sequoia National Park in the dark with my headlamp on.

We hiked up the cow trail for a long time gaining lots of elevation as we went. We veered off the trail, and located a shallow draw through the thick manzanita that was everywhere. It was about 3.5 miles from the trailhead to Olancha pass with an elevation gain of 4000 feet.

After reaching the pass we set off at a rapid pace North. We crossed through Bear Trap Meadow, and located the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We followed the PCT through Brush Meadow to a point just West of Olancha Peak. Some of the landmarks we could see were Monache Meadows, Monache Mountain, Brown Mountain, Jackass Peak, White Mountain, Granite Knob, Crag Rock, Deer Peak, and much more. The distance was 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 500 feet.

At this point we turned East off the PCT, and set off to climb the rest of the way to Olancha. It is about a mile from the PCT to the summit, but the elevation gain is over 2000 feet. We left the PCT at an elevation of 10,000 feet, and the summit is at 12120 feet so at this altitude acclimation is a factor. This last section is a giant boulder scramble all the way to the top.

The view from the summit is amazing, and we had great visibility with a 360 degree view. Some of the landmarks visible from the peak are Mount Whitney, Mount Russell, Mount Langley, the Domeland wilderness, the Golden Trout Wilderness, Jordan Peak, The Needles, Slate Mountain, Owens Valley, the Cosos, the Black Rock region, Kennedy Meadows, and more.

We ate some food on the summit, and took pictures. We headed back down at 2:00. We made really good time on the way back in spite of getting really stuck in some dense manzanita. The total distance was 17 miles round trip with an elevation gain of over 6500 feet. The hike took us 14 hours, and it was nice to hang out with good company all day.

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MarieP

MarieP - Aug 11, 2009 3:47 pm

From Sage Flat  Sucess!

Beautiful hike, just stay away from the cow trail!

farrisgl

farrisgl - Aug 10, 2009 1:06 am Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Great 3 Day Long Weekend Climb  Sucess!

Climbed as a 2.5 day long weekend outing from Sage Flats. Really nice outing. We enjoyed Summit Meadows as a campsite. Very nice view. Well worth the time!

jonhersh

jonhersh - Jun 14, 2009 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009

Monache Meadows  Sucess!

Good dayhike from Monache Meadows. The drive to the trailhead was exciting.

kevin trieu

kevin trieu - Aug 8, 2008 12:58 am

from Sage Flat with ODC  Sucess!

brough a crap load of booze.

bechtt

bechtt - Nov 19, 2007 4:26 pm Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007

From Sage Flat TH  Sucess!

Nice, leisurely 11 hour hike from Sage Flat with Coco, Monique, and Adam. Perfect weather for a mid November hike.

lefty

lefty - Sep 18, 2007 12:35 am Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2005

Late Season Day hike  Sucess!

Very little snow allowed me to dayhike this from Sage Flat.

mlarkin2002 - Jun 18, 2007 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Monache Meadows  Sucess!

Started at Monache Mdws. Climbed to PCT then up to the summit. Great views.

BLT

BLT - Jun 10, 2007 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Sage Flat/PCT  Sucess!

Did this as a two-night backpack. First night near Summit Meadow was quiet. Summited on Saturday, weather was perfect. Saturday night was loud with cattle -- sounded like Satan was having an argument with the ghost of Orson Welles. Got caught in a cattle drive on the way down Sunday morning.

Water is getting tough to find in this area. There was a tiny bit in the creek next to the PCT 1/3 mile NW of Summit Meadow but we were chased away by cattle, who then tromped through the mud and fouled the area. There is water further up Cow Canyon but who knows for how long. Drink carefully.

bennovak

bennovak - Jun 10, 2007 1:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

From Sage Flat  Sucess!

Was a full day as we got caught in a messy cattle drive traffic jam coming up Olancha pass on our way back down. I don't quite think Crystal Geyser's water is quite as clean and pure as they dipict it to be.

wmolland

wmolland - Jun 1, 2007 4:05 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

From the saddle on the PCT  Sucess!

A nice easy 2nd class scramble from the PCT. We came up from Horseshoe Meadow and tagged Muah and Cartago before hitting Olancha and going down to Sageflat. A nice point to point if you have two cars. After being the first people atop Cartago in over a year the day before we were the 8th people that day to summit Olancha. Awesome views from the top and a nice spot for a summit nap.

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Sep 18, 2006 3:37 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006

From Monache Creek TH  Sucess!

A perfect fall day. Didn't see a soul until on the descent I ran into three PCT through hikers on their way to Horseshoe Meadows. I don't really like backpacking all that much, so better them than me.

kngalaric

kngalaric - Aug 9, 2006 1:40 am

Lame, less than half a mile from the summit

Bruno and I were this [] close to the summit and thunderstorms ruined our foray after a fun off-road adventure. We'll get up there before November for sure.

Too bad, we had to turn around a little above 11,500'

Luciano136

Luciano136 - Jul 24, 2006 5:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

From Monache Meadows

We hiked from the trailhead at Monache Creek. Definitely not many people use this trail; it was pretty overgrown. We made it towards the rocky face when a thunderstom broke loose! We obviously turned around. Kind of a bummer but we'll be back! The drive to the trailhead is pretty exciting btw. When crossing the Kern river, the water flew up on the hood of the truck; kind of a scary moment there!

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