Ascent of Mount Morgan on 2015-07-03
|Others in Party:||Keith Christensen|
|Date:||Friday, July 3, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||13748 ft / 4190 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKeith and I had an extra day off work, but no permit for the coveted Bishop Pass entry to the wilderness. So, we headed to the Sierra Nevada a day early with the intent of dayhiking a peak and grabbing our permit before the ranger station closed at 5. We pulled the van off the road near some campground and had a relaxing 4 1/2 hours of shut eye. We were up early to ensure that we made it back to Bishop by 5 for the permit from the rules-conscious/inconvenient banker's hours park service... Did we mention that we have a disdain for the lack of night drop permits for the NPS side of the range?
Anyway, Mt Morgan was a great warm up hike for our Devils Crags trip. The route is very straightforward. Above the lake, wander through beautiful meadows and then up and to the right (SW) to the ridge leading to the summit. It is all large boulders and talus, not too bad, typical easy Sierra Nevada hiking above treeline. A two-fer knocked out as a warm up hike - not too shabby! We saw a few hikers on the trail below Francis Lake on the descent, but other than that, we had the mountains to ourselves this day.
We made our way to Bishop for our permit and complaints to the Park Service Ranger about lack of a night drop option for NPS permits. We were at the ranger station by 4:20. Then a nice shower at a place Keith found using climber.org's East Side shower locator page, followed by a grocery run, and mediocre pizza at some restaurant that Keith picked. We topped off the evening with a frantic search for bug spray near South Lake and a nice van bivy near our trailhead.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3988 ft / 1215 m|
| Route:||Via Francis Lake|
| Trailhead:||9760 ft / 2974 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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