Ascent of Lookout Peak on 2018-10-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, October 3, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11902 ft / 3627 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA storm system had rolled into the Sierra, and I was looking for an excuse to get back into the mountains to see the falls colors and climb a peak as a bonus. Lookout Peak, a short hike in the middle of the beautiful Little Lakes Valley, fit the bill perfectly. I had a leisurely morning, checking out of my motel in Bishop at 11:00am and making the drive up Rock Creek Road, stopping numerous times to enjoy the display of colors. I started up the trail from Mosquito Flat at 12:20pm, which was fairly crowded with photographers despite the low cloud cover and slight drizzle. I took the trail towards Mono Pass and left the trail towards the north ridge of Lookout Peak at a large meadow. Grassy slopes led to a talus hop, and a couple easy class 3 moves were required to gain the ridge. Once there, the snow picked up, and I considered turning around for fear of slippery talus. However, the sky looked to be turning blue, so I pushed forward, and the snow stopped by the time I reached the summit ten minutes later at 1:45pm. I had a great but short-lived view of the Sierra Crest before more clouds rolled in. I signed the register and returned down the ridge and reached the trailhead at 3:15pm.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1652 ft / 503 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.6 mi / 9 km|
| Route:||North Ridge|
| Trailhead:||Mosquito Flat TH 10250 ft / 3124 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3-|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
| Time:||1 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 10 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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