Ascent of Lake Peak on 2010-09-07

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lake Peak
    Elevation:6648 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lake Peak is located near the OR/CA border in southeast Josephine County. I accessed Lake Peak from the east. From the upper end of Applegate Lake I took Carberry Creek Rd west to FR 103 and then to unmarked FR 480. The topo showed this road ending before Low Gap, but it goes up and over Low Gap and ties into FR 850. I turned right and stayed right at all forks. I passed the old Arnold mine site and then followed the 4WD road up and over a little pass before descending towards Hinkle Lake. I stopped a little before reaching the lake and hiked from there. The lake isn't much and it is about half covered with grass.

I hiked up to the east ridge of Lake Peak and there found the remains of an old barb wire fence and a climbers trail with several cairns heading to the high point. The ridge was mostly open rocky country and it was easy to avoid the brushy areas and climb up to the high point. On the summit was a plaque naming the peak "Arnold Peak" in honor of the miner who mined gold lower on the south slope for decades. There was also a register to sign and there was a surprising number of signers. Great views from the summit include many peaks in CA like Shasta, Red Buttes, and Preston.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:850 ft / 259 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 3 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:5798 ft / 1767 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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