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Ascent of Highland Peak on 1996-07-02

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, July 2, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Highland Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10936 ft / 3333 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named by Lt. M.M. Macomb of the Wheeler Survey in 1878. (Browning, p. 78)

Located in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness area of the Toiyabe National Forest. A permit is not required for dayhikes. Permits for overnight trips may be obtained at the Markleeville Guard Station in Markleeville.

Highland Peak can be reached by taking the PCT east from Ebbetts Pass. The alternate route described here is somewhat shorter and starts from highway 4 to the north. From Markleeville drive south on combined routes 4 and 89 for about 5 miles and then at a junction continue straight ahead on route 4 toward Angels Camp. After about another 7 miles you'll reach the Silver Creek campground. From the turn into the campground drive 1.4 miles further to the third switchback and park on the south side of the road by the trail. UTM here is: 257114E, 4274020N (NAD27). Start the hike on this good trail which gradually descends along the west side of Noble Canyon. In about 1 mile there is a stream crossing. If the stream is high, continue along the west side through the brush for about 100 yards to a large log which offers a path across the stream. After the crossing follow the trail south for another 1.6 miles to UTM 257520E, 4270200N (elev. 7860 ft.) where you leave the trail and head east up the ridge to a saddle on the ridge at 10,000 ft. From here follow the ridge south to the summit. Move to the west side of the ridgeline higher up to avoid cliffs. The hike to the top is 4.5 miles one-way with a gain of 3650 ft. and requires about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Allow 2 hours for the return hike to the trailhead. It is possible to extend the hike and go another mile north from the saddle at 10,000 ft. to Silver Peak. 7/96 RLC
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