Ascent of Taylor Dome on 1996-09-14

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, September 14, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Dome
    Elevation:8802 ft / 2682 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name is unoffical and is not shown on any of the maps. Taylor Meadow and Creek which are 2 miles south are named for Charlie Taylor who was a manager of the A. Brown interests in Kernville. (Gudde, p. 331)

This dome is very close to the boundary of the Dome Land Wilderness of the Sequoia National Forest. Access by forest road 22S12 south from the Sherman Pass highway is limited to summer months generally after Memorial Day when the gate is opened. For information contact the ranger office at: 105 Whitney Rd., P.O. Box 6, Kernville, CA 93238 Tele: (760) 376-3781

The shortest hiking route to the summit is reached by driving south on a long forest road from the Sherman Pass highway. From Kernville drive north on the highway along the river until you reach a junction on your right with the road to Sherman Pass. Turn right toward Sherman Pass and climb steadily on a winding road for 6.0 miles to a junction on your right. Reset your odometer and turn right onto 22S12 toward Big Meadow. The pavement breaks up after about five miles, but the road is good and suitable for any car. Stay on the main road until you reach road 23S07 at 11.6 miles at the northern end of Big Meadow. Turn left here and pass the Sierretta trail and a small camp area in 0.7 miles. Continue on this road as it turns south and stop after 3.0 miles at a sign on your left marking trail 34E15. Hike east on this trail for about 1/2 mile and turn south at a junction toward Taylor Meadow. After another 1/2 mile go east off the trail at a saddle where the trail climbs up to a pass on the wilderness boundary. UTM here is: 381400E, 3968940N. Go east gaining elevation and crossing two ridges on the north slopes of the east-west ridgeline and then go south up a draw to the west side of the dome rocks. Climb up to a rock saddle between a southerly pinnacle and the northern highest part of the dome. At the saddle follow a ledge north on the left side of a round plug for 20 ft. to a slot which you climb up. Then go up a 10 ft. face with a small pine tree at the top. This 1.8 mile hike with a gain of 1000 ft. takes about 2 hours. 9/96 RLC
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