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Ascent of Sunday Peak on 1996-05-11

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, May 11, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sunday Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8295 ft / 2528 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak is one of several in the area named for days of the week. USFS District Ranger John Fowler thinks that this was probably the day the peak was first surveyed. There was a fire lookout constructed here in 1930. Name first appears on USFS Sequoia (South Half) map of 1916. (Quirarte)

The mountain is located in the Green Horn Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. No permits are needed in the area except for campfires. The Green Horn Ranger District office is at: 15701Hwy. 178, Box 6129, Bakersfield, CA. 93386-6129 Tele.: (805) 871-2223

The route described here is a somewhat longer one suitable when forest road 23S16 at Greenhorn Summit is closed. For the normal routes see the Hundred Peaks Section writeups. From Wofford Heights take highway 155 west over Greenhorn Summit and at 13.3 miles stop on the right (N) side by a gate at forest road 24S07. This point is also 6.5 miles east of Glennville. Hike up this road (or drive if gate is open) which is marked "McFarland Creek 3 miles". After walking for about 45 minutes there is a curve in the road with a dirt road going off to the right. UTM here is: 354620E, 3957730N (NAD27). Take this dirt road, which soon turns into a path, NE up the mountain to a saddle at 6480 ft. about 1/4 mile north of Bohna Peak. Continue north over point 6991 ft. and then descend five contours (about 200 ft.) to a saddle and then follow the trail, which is hard to see at times, past a spring shown on the map to a ridge at about 7400 ft. where there is an old 4 by 4 post. Then head east about 0.6 miles to a junction with the normal trail. Go right on the trail to the summit. This route from highway 155 is about 4 3/4 miles one-way with a gain of 3400ft. It should take about 4 hours for the ascent and about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to return. 5/96 RLC
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