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Ascent of Mount Tallac on 1994-06-27

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, June 27, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tallac
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9735 ft / 2967 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tallac is an Indian name which means simply "large mountain". The name was originally Crystal Peak as shown on early maps of the Whitney Survey. The name Mount Tallac was applied by the Wheeler Survey. (Farquhar, p. 330) The first recorded ascent was by a Wheeler Survey party under the direction of Lieutenant M. M. Macomb in the summer of 1876. (Farquhar, p.190)

Mt Tallac is in the Desolation Wilderness which is administered by Eldorado National Forest. Permits are required for all entry. Self-issue day use permits can often be obtained at information kiosks at common trailheads. For further information contact the Eldorado N. F. Information Center at 3070 Camino Heights Dr., Camino, Ca. 95709. Phone: (916) 644-6048

The Mt. Tallac trail starts at the trailhead on the NW side of Fallen Leaf Lake. This route is desribed in "50 Hiking Trails: Lassen, Tahoe, Carson Pass", by Don and Roberta Lowe, p. 94. An alternate starting point, which allows for a loop climb of both Mt. Tallac and Dicks Peak, starts at the Glen Alpine trailhead SW of Fallen Leaf Lake. From the parking lot head west on a blocked dirt road that passes some cabins and later a water fall. After 1.5 miles turn north at a junction and in another 1.5 miles you will join the PCT coming in from the left. After a half mile leave the PCT at a junction and go to Gilmore Lake. From the lake the trail goes up the broad SW slopes to the summit. The distance to Tallac is about 5 miles with an elevation gain of 3,200 ft. Hiking time is 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. for the ascent. The views of Lake Tahoe are great. The map shows a benchmark, but none could be found. The ridge extending west from Tallac can be followed by leaving the trail at the 9,000 ft. point on your way down. Stay to the left (S) of point 9376 and then stay on the ridge to Dicks Pass. Allow about 1 1/2 hrs. on this class 2 ridge to the pass. At this point one can ascend the use trail to Dicks Peak and return on the network of trails to the Glen Alpine trailhead. The loop is about 13 miles and takes 8 to 9 hrs.
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