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Ascent of Independence Peak on 2000-08-05

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, August 5, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Independence Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11742 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

Independence Peak is located south of the Onion Valley trailhead and its steep north slopes and summit loom over the parking lot. The parking lot is 13.0 miles west on Onion Valley Road from the small town of Independence on route 395. The peak can be climbed in about half a day. If you get an early morning start most of the route will be in the shade. Start from the parking lot and walk to the campground across the creek and go to the east end where there is a post for campsite number 8. The unmarked trail heads east from here and soon crosses a creek. Continue straight at a trail junction (the trail to the right goes to water tanks) and follow the trail as it turns south (right) up the slope to Robinson Lake. After about 45 minutes you want to leave the trail at the 3080 meter level (10,100 ft.) and turn left up the slope. UTM here is: 380585E, 4069282N. The summit is on a bearing of 113 degrees from here. Climb up steep sandy slopes to a notch south of the true summit. There is some class 3 climbing to reach the notch. Then go north (left) along the ridge and move to the east side and continue to the summit on easy going, solid rock. The ascent takes about 2 1/2 hours with a gain of about 2560 feet. The route measures about 3 miles round-trip. 8/00 RLC
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