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Ascent of Gaylor Peak on 2015-07-23

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Date:Thursday, July 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gaylor Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11004 ft / 3354 m

Ascent Trip Report

My aim was to hike to the old mine above Upper Gaylor Lake and get some photos in the warm afternoon light, but it was totally cloudy (luckily no thunderstorms), so I decided to go off trail and summit Gaylor Peak, a tad above 11,000 feet. Spectacular view from the top!

Probably one of the easiest high summits in Yosemite. Once you're on the Gaylor Lakes Trail, you climb steeply through a forest, eventually arriving at a saddle overlooking middle Gaylor Lake. From here, Gaylor Peak will be on your right (north). Just follow the gradual ridge until you reach the top!

From the vantage point of the Great Sierra Mine ruins, Gaylor Peak looks like a very steep, difficult climb. However, the peak is the high point of a long ridge that is easy to ascend from the Gaylor Lakes Trail.
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Gaylor Peak summit panorama with view of Mount Dana (left) and Tioga Pass. Middle Gaylor Lake is pictured (2015-07-23). Photo by Scott Sharaga.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1059 ft / 322 m
    Trailhead:Tioga Pass  9945 ft / 3031 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble



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