Nice little peak overshadowed by the Sierra classics: Banner and Ritter. The first ascent is not known, also the peak has been neglected to be given a name.
The peak can be reached from many different lakes, the closest two being Garnet Lake and Ediza Lake. Both offer a short climb to the saddle between Peak 3497 and Banner Peak. It lies 0.4 miles East of the summit of Banner Peak.
From Lake Ediza
From Lake Ediza
From Garnet Lake
For the Ansel Adams Wilderness, all overnight stay requires permits. Because this is a high traffic area, between May 1st and November 1st of every year a quota system is in effect. 60% of permits can be reserved ahead of time with a $5 per person fee while the other 40% can be picked up on a first-come-first-served basis at the USFS ranger station that is responsible for the trail head.
Camping is regulated around Shadow Lake, Lake Ediza, and some parts of Thousand Island Lake, so make sure to check as to avoid camping in a restricted zone. Also all food for overnight stays must be stored in a bear canister. Finally there are no fires allowed over 10,000ft.
: Start from the saddle between Banner and Peak 3497 and proceed up the ridge. It goes at class 3 if you stay mostly to the left follow the ridge religiously.
: Climb the south facing slope up the talus and ledges to gain the summit. It is a moderate class 2 with the only real problem being loose rock and talus on the ledges.
: Looks like it could be climbed, but more information is needed on this.
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