Ascent of Twin Peaks on 1996-08-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, August 30, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Elevation:12323 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak was probably named by the Wheeler Survey since it appears on atlas sheet 56D of 1878-79. (Browning, p. 224)

The mountain is usually approached from the north through the Hoover Wilderness. A permit is required for overnight trips from July 1st to September 15th. For permit information contact the Toiyabe National Forest office in Bridgeport at: P.O. Box 595, Bridgeport, CA 93517. Phone: (760) 932-7070

This peak can probably be dayhiked from Twin Lakes via the Horse Creek trail, but it is often done as a backpack so that nearby peaks such as Matterhorn, Whorl and Virginia may be climbed on one trip. Refer to the writeup on Matterhorn Peak for the description of the hike up Horse Creek to the small lake at the head of Spiller Creek which makes a good camping area. The summit of Twin Peaks is only 3/4 mile ESE from the lake. Start the hike across the grassy slopes and proceed up the ledges to the main chute that comes down the center of the mountain. The chute will be to the right of the highest looking peak when close to the mountain. Once past the ledges the chute is an easy going 20 ft. wide passage until you reach steeper loose rock above. As the chute widens, stay to the right side. Near the top look for a small chute that in about 20 ft. is blocked by a six foot chockstone. Climb the chockstone on the left side to easier slopes above. Then in a short distance you will be near the top of the ridge with a rock face on your right (south) which is covered with red and yellow lichen. Climb this class 3 face and you will reach the northern of the Twin Peaks and it is an easy traverse to the southern peak where the register is. The climb has 1700 ft. of gain and takes about 2 hours. Many will proceed from Twin Peaks along the ridge to Virginia Peak which is 1.2 miles to the south. 8/96 RLC
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