Ascent of Mount Goddard on 2020-07-03

Climber: Colin Gregory

Others in Party:David Dully
Sean Casserly -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, July 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Goddard
    Elevation:13568 ft / 4135 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 2. Yesterday we came in over Lamarck Col and set up camp on the southern end of Evolution Lake. This was my second time here after hiking through a year ago as part of backpacking from Cottonwood Lakes to Happy Isles. Very excited to be back and actually camping in the Evo Basin this time!

We cruised the trail up to Lake Wanda and then headed cross-country towards the toe of Starr's Route up Goddard. After crossing what little snow was left, we went straight for the toe and took on the small Class 4 section at the bottom. This was the avoidable crux of a very enjoyable 2,000' scramble up the loose, class 3 ledges. Many books and sites have this as class 2, not by my definition. Just watch your feet, don't move too fast and it's all good. Once at the saddle it is a pretty straightforward talus walk over and up to the peak. This was my first 13er and second highest peak behind Whitney. I don't think I have SPS completion aspirations but I was very pleased to get on top of this one.

We did not do our homework and failed to bring a writing utensil so Sean signed the register in Taco Bell mild sauce. We enjoyed the moment as we picked out Black Kaweah to the south and wondered if Starr was somehow looking down on us, laughing his ass off.

The climb down was uneventful. We got off the ramp early to avoid the tougher climbing and plunge-stepped the snow until we decided to glissade what was left. The hike back up to the JMT was surprisingly tough and we were thankful when we made it to Lake Wanda. Last summer this lake was partially covered in ice when we passed on August 6th, this year over a month earlier we took a dip. We got dressed and rejoined the JMT where we were surprised by a friendly coyote crossing our path. This furry dude sure has a cool place to call home.

For the first time all day I was able to zone out and simply enjoy the scenery of the Evolution Basin as we cruised the few miles back to our camp. I still have a lot of the Sierra to explore, but it will be difficult to beat this region.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2687 ft / 818 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2687 ft / 818 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Start Trailhead:10881 ft / 3316 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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