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Ascent of Matterhorn Peak on 1996-08-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, August 30, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Matterhorn Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12279 ft / 3742 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak was named by the Wheeler Survey in 1878. (Browning, p. 139) The peak was first climbed on the southwest side by M.R. Dempster, James S. Hutchinson, Lincoln Hutchinson, and Charles A. Noble in 1899. (Secor, p. 342)

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

Matterhorn can be done as a dayhike up Horse Creek from Twin Lakes, but many backpack into the area to do other nearby peaks with Matterhorn. From Bridgeport drive 13.3 miles southwest on Twin Lakes Road to the Mono Village, Fisherman's Resort. A $5.00 parking fee must be paid per car for single or multiple day use. From the parking area walk SW past the sewer standpipe to the chained road near space 1D which will lead to the start of the Horse Creek trail. Cross the bridge and head south to the start of the trail which is marked by a large wilderness sign. This good trail makes several large switchbacks up the hill on the east side of Horse Creek. After the Hoover Wilderness sign in 2 miles the trail deteriorates into a use trail which is hard to follow particularly on talus slopes. Continue up the valley and up a steep slope to a higher valley that curves around to the right and up to a pass. UTM at the unnamed pass is: 292190E, 4218330N (NAD27). Cross two snow fields and descend about 100 ft. to a small lake at 5.5 miles. This is a good camping area for the climb of Matterhorn, Whorl, Twin and Virginia Peaks. Elevation gain to the lake is 3600 ft. and with a pack it takes 5 1/2 to 6 hours. From the lake go up the slope to the left side of the prominent rock pinnacle that is directly below the summit. At the top of the pinnacle move to the left to the west ridgeline and climb the rocks to the summit. The route is about 3/4 mile with a gain of 1700 ft. and requires about 1 1/2 hours. Allow one hour to return to the lake. 8/96 RLC
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