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Ascent of Phipps Peak on 2013-10-26

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Phipps Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9234 ft / 2814 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bayview campground was closed for the season, so walked short distance through the campground to the trailhead. I could have started at the Eagle Lakes trailhead which would have saved me 400 ft of total gain and a half mile. But I wanted to throw in both Maggies Peaks if I had the energy.

Took trail to Desolation Wilderness at trail junction right at the start. At Maggies Peaks saddle, I followed a use trail to the top of South Maggies Peak. Nice view of Lake Tahoe from the summit. Summit block was a thin granite flake that was short, easy class 3. Got back on trail to Velma Lakes, then on to the trail that winds around the south side of Phipps Peak. Class 2 400 ft gain scramble over sand, rocks and low brush to the rocky summit from the trail.

Came back the same way and climbed North Maggies Peak back at the Maggies Peaks saddle. Rocky and brushy on ridge to base of peak. Followed a use trail through the rocks and on up to the summit. Easier climb than it looks (class 2). Some beautiful old juniper trees around the summit. I dropped off the steep part of the peak the way I came up, but then dropped down off the ridge directly down towards Granite Lake through sand and brush, and back to the trail.

Probably an extra 450 ft of gain and less than 1 mile to include both Maggies Peaks. This hike turned out to be easier then I expected it to be.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3584 ft / 1091 m
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Bayview trail to Velma Lakes
    Trailhead:Bayview Campground trailhead  6850 ft / 2087 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 55 Minutes



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