Ascent of Cannell Point on 1996-09-13

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, September 13, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannell Point
    Elevation:8314 ft / 2534 m

Ascent Trip Report

The benchmark name is a misspelling of the name Cannell given to the meadow and the peak to the north. Named after pioneer sheepman Arthur Cannell who frequented the area and lived along the South fork of the Kern River during the 1890's. (Quirate)

The benchmark is in the Cannell Meadow Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. Access by forest road 22S12 south from the Sherman Pass highway is limited to summer months generally after Memorial Day when the gate is opened. For information contact the ranger office at: 105 Whitney Rd., P.O. Box 6, Kernville, CA 93238 Tele: (760) 376-3781

The shortest hiking route to the summit is reached by driving south on a long forest road from the Sherman Pass highway. From Kernville drive north on the highway along the river until you reach a junction on your right with the road to Sherman Pass. Turn right toward Sherman Pass and climb steadily on a winding road for 6.0 miles to a junction on your right. Reset your odometer and turn right onto 22S12 toward Big Meadow. The pavement breaks up after about five miles, but the road is good and suitable for any car. Stay on the main road and pass Big Meadow at about 11.9 miles and then go right at a junction in 13.2 miles toward Cannell Meadow. Continue on to Long Meadow and at the south end go right onto 24S12 at about 17.9 miles. The road turns NW for about two miles and then turns south as you pass Cannell Meadow Ranger Station. At 22.9 miles go straight at a three-way junction onto 24S12C which is a fair to poor road. Go for 0.5 miles and park since the road will soon end. UTM here is: 378150E, 3961740N (NAD27). Hike SE on the road until it ends, then proceed south up the ridge to the top. The summit is the southernmost of the three major rock piles which show on the topo map. The easiest route is to go along the north side of the southern summit rock and traverse to the SE side. Scramble up the boulders on this side to the top. The route is about 3/4 mile one-way with a gain of 950 ft. and takes about one hour. 9/96 RLC
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