Ascent of Mount Morgan on 2018-08-03

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Morgan
    Elevation:13748 ft / 4190 m

Ascent Trip Report

The first day of the 2018 Sierra Challenge promised to be a smoky one due to the unfortunate number of wildfires in the area. The challenge peak was just outside of Bridgeport, but I opted to head further south in an attempt to dodge some of the smoke. I drove to Mammoth the night before via Sonora Pass; 120 closed earlier in the day due to the Ferguson Fire. I drove unnervingly close to the Donnell Fire, which had started only hours earlier. The smoke was thick in Mammoth and in the Owens Valley in the morning, but the skies cleared considerably only minutes after turning onto Rock Creek Road. I got started at the Rock Creek Lake Trailhead at 7:34am and made my way towards Francis Lake. I got wet feet trying to navigate through a swamp just below the lake, which I reached after an hour. I started cross-country up the large boulder field behind the lake and gained the ridge, where I saw a pack of about fifteen Sierra Bighorn Sheep. I continued up the ridge and summited at 10:42am. While there wasn't any smoke on the mountain itself, I was surrounded in nearly every direction, which was a very sobering experience. All things considered, the smoke in the Little Lakes Valley was much better than I was expecting. I spent a half an hour at the summit and was back at the trailhead at 1:37pm.

Stats: 3h8m up, 30m at summit, 2h25m down, 11.3 miles, ~4,360ft gained.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4360 ft / 1328 m
    Total Elevation Loss:357 ft / 108 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Very smoky/hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4360 ft / 1328 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4003 ft / 1220 m; Extra: 357 ft / 108m
    Loss on way in:357 ft / 108 m
    Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Route:Francis Lake Trail
    Start Trailhead:Rock Creek Lake TH  9745 ft / 2970 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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