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Ascent of Mount Morgan on 1998-07-19

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, July 19, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Morgan
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13748 ft / 4190 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain was named by the Wheeler Survey party in 1878 for one of its members, J.H. Morgan, of Alabama. (Gudde, p. 211)

Located on the boundary of the John Muir Wilderness area of the Inyo National Forest. The usual approach from the north is mostly in the wilderness. Permits are not needed for dayhikes, but are required for overnight trips. Contact the Inyo National Forest Office at: 873 North Main St., Bishop, CA 93514. Tele: (760) 873-2400

The mountain can be climbed on the north side starting from Rock Creek Lake. From highway 395 at Toms Place, drive southwest for 8.9 miles on paved Rock Creek Road to Rock Creek Lake and Resort. At a junction turn left on the spur road that goes along the south side of the lake. After 0.3 miles park on your left at a small parking area at the trailhead for Tamarack Lakes. Start the hike south on this trail and go left after about 0.3 miles and after 1 mile go right at a signed junction toward Kenneth Lake. Near Kenneth Lake there is another signed junction and go right toward Francis Lake. The trail narrows and climbs in several switchbacks and then follows along the creek draining Francis Lake. At the lake go right around the north side where the trail fades out. A good route from here is to ascend the slopes heading generally west directly up from the lake to a ridge top. Follow this ridgeline southwest until it begins to merge into the main ridge coming from the north side of Mt. Morgan. Proceed nearly level just east of point 12,352 ft. and then descend slightly heading south into a basin and then up the slope to the top and flat part of the ridge. Stay in the center of the steep slope to avoid loose rock on either side. You want to reach the ridgetop near UTM 346500E, 4141600N, (NAD27). Once on top the summit comes into view and the terrain is fairly easy. The one-way distance is 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of 4050 ft. Allow about four to five hours for the ascent and maybe three hours to return. 7/98 RLC
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