Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2019-09-01
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, September 1, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8878 ft / 2706 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy goal for today was Twin Peaks, an OGUL on the west side of Lake Tahoe. A week ago, I hadn’t heard of it. I was looking for something about 10 miles as a final training hike for an attempt on North Palisade the next week. When my plans for Highland Peak fell through, I found Twin Peaks instead.
Dean Gaudet’s track from the northeast looked to be a little shorter than starting from Barker Pass to the southwest, so accordingly, I parked on the side of Gstaad road near some cabins. The protected land layer in the Peakbagger app indicated that this parcel was forest service land, and indeed, an obscure sign near the ground prohibited vehicles but led the way to a narrow trail that went downhill to the Tahoe Rim Trail. This crossed Ward Creek on a sturdy bridge installed in 2007, then went uphill at a moderate grade. The higher peak of Twin Peaks looked impossibly steep and exposed from this angle. Reaching the ridge, I was feeling pretty strong, so I decided to turn left and take a detour to Stanford Rock, a P300 that I only just noticed while playing around on my phone.
The trail over to Stanford Rock needlessly ascended an intermediate bump via tedious switchbacks. When I reached the saddle, I went cross-country through the forest, emerging near the top at two 20-foot rock piles. The further one appeared to be a little higher. Stanford Rock itself is lower and not visible from here. I skipped it.
After returning to the saddle, I was a little tired, but I knew that the summit was not too far away. Switchbacking up the hill, I noticed a narrow use trail heading off to the right. This went steeply up to the base of the talus pile that is the summit of Twin Peaks. I left my poles here and scrambled up to the summit over class 2 rocks. I found a benchmark just below the summit, quite scratched up, and apparently not in the NGS database. The ammo can register is full of many, many climbs.
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