Ascent of Lookout Peak on 2018-10-03

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Peak
    Elevation:11902 ft / 3627 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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