Snow and ice covered the road in, with patchy snow to the summit block, the only snow seen on the four peaks I climbed in the Southern Sierra on this trip.
Maybe the easiest in the SPS list. Official PCS trip led by me, with Jean, Eddie and Jeff.
Did this along with Jackass Peak, and Granite Knob. This is for sure the easiest SPS peak. Some people said Lamont Peak was but thats nonsense.
Quick warmup after driving up from LA and before heading to Kennedy Meadows to camp with the family. With Jon B and Zeus the dog.
Kind of a last minute decision to tag this on the way home from the Mammoth area. A long detour for such a short hike, but the views are nice and it's a relaxing walk.
Nice views of Monache Meadows and Olancha peak.
My easiest SPS peak so far – from the north you can drive to within 1 mile and 800’ of the summit. Climbed with brother Jon. We followed the directions on the Summitpost page to Forest Route 21S36 (signs are spotty, best to take a map and GPS), but instead of driving to the end of 21S36 we turned right on 21S36A, then left a few hundred feet later onto a logging road, then left at the fork a couple hundred feet further on. The logging road would be rough for a passenger car, but no problem with 4WD – we drove up to 8,700’. We then followed the north ridge to the summit, staying to the left of a few big blocks. There are two similar-height blocks at the summit; the block to the north has the summit register, inside an ammo can chained to the rock. A bit of easy climbing gets you to the top: Summit block
Made the summit right at sunset and was pleasantly surprised by the nice views and summit area compared to how this peak looks from a distance. As it got dark I realized I had forgotten my headlamp, luckily there was a full moon and navigation back wasn't too difficult.
With a few others in the area. Trip Report
Beautiful day approaching from the north side after camping near Hooker Meadow. The north side was still snow covered but we just kick stepped our way up. Picked up Jackass on the way back. We saw 5 bears along the way.
Very fun! Great views!
Super short hike... but nice view of Monache Meadow and Olancha Peak to the North.
Climbed this on a Sierra Club trip.
Very hot this weekend, no water worth filtering or boiling anywhere.
Hadn't expected to be able to climb this one, as Sherman Pass Road was still gated shut on Fri evening. After doing Rockhouse/Taylor on Sat and Sirretta Sun morning, I found the gate had been newly opened. Drove up here, with no hint of snow anywhere. This is undoubtedly the easiest peak on the SPS List, but it has some nice views in a pretty area, and there's about 15 feet of contrived, fun scrambling at the summit too.
I splendid short hike up to beautiful views on a pleasently warm day. Nice hike.
Dayhiked Smith Mt., Granite Knob, Manzanita Knob, Blackrock Pk. and Jackass Pk. as a warmup for '05 Sierra Challenge.
Very nice hike and we got there before the rain. My dogs couldn't handle the Class II but they got within 20 feet of the summit. Gorgeous view from the top!
Careful on the way out. One of our friends (who shall remain nameless) got lost on the way out and wandered for a while. The motorcyclists pointed him in the right direction!