Ascent of Disaster Peak on 1996-07-03

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Wednesday, July 3, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Disaster Peak
    Elevation:10047 ft / 3062 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak was named by Lt. M.M. Macomb after an accident on the September 6, 1877 survey on the summit when the topographer, Mr. Cowles, fell and a boulder rolled over his legs breaking both of them. (Browning, p. 57)

Located in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness area of the Stanislaus National Forest. A permit is not required for dayhikes. Permits for overnight trips may be obtained at the Brightman Forest Service station just west of Dardanelle on route 108. The Summit Ranger District office is at Star Route, Box 1295, Sonora, CA 95370 Tele: (209) 965-3434

The peak can be climbed from the Disaster Creek Trailhead. To reach this take highway 108 west of Dardanelle to the Clark Fork Road and turn north. Follow this good paved road for 9.2 miles to a point about 0.1mile before the end of the road where the trailhead is marked by a sign on your left. Park here and start the hike north on the good trail that parallels Disaster Creek. After about 2.5 miles and an elevation gain of about 1300 ft. you will reach a meadow area called Allen's Camp (not shown on the Dardanelles Cone topo, but on the wilderness map). There is a trail junction here at UTM 259000E, 4259060N (NAD27) that is hard to find so leave the trail heading SE until you pick up the trail heading east along the south side of the ridge extending west from Disaster Peak. The trail is fairly good further along, but seems to disappear near Allen's Camp. Along the trail near UTM 260180E, 4258450N go northeast up the ridge to the east of point 9251 ft. shown on the Disaster Peak topo. The peak comes into view up on the ridge. Go east below the summit to the SE side where the ascent is less steep. The west ridge is quite steep and loose and is best avoided. Overall the hike is 4.5 miles to the top with a gain of 3600 ft. Allow 4 hours for the ascent and 2 1/2 to 3 hours to return. The register is next to BM#1 at the highest point. 7/96 RLC
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