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Ascent of Peak 10242 on 2016-08-07

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Date:Sunday, August 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 10242
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10242 ft / 3121 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Bill Simpson

After sleeping in cars at the Minaret View parking lot on Saturday night, we set out directly from there on a good dirt road that we could have drove in on (high clearance vehicle for sure, and 4WD wouldn't hurt at a couple of spots) as far up as to the summit of Peak 10242. Nice little peak that one, and it looks like it's a popular hike up to there. The dirt road becomes a trail on the summit here, so we continued on. Descent down to Deadmans Pass from 10242 was good and steep, but the trail is good. After seemingly forever, and with a few up-and-down sections, we finally got up to the summit of Two Teats, which is the non-rocky high point of the area. From here we headed over to San Joaquin; the route down is a little unpleasant; steep, loose stuff with sand covering everything, then a brief traverse, then a final push up a nice steep ridge to the summit. We returned the way we came in as far as back up to the summit of Pk 10242; here Bill and I accepted a ride from a couple of LA guys with a jeep back down to our vehicles. We drove our own vehicles back up to the summit to pick up the rest of our group, who were lounging in the shade up there waiting for our return.

The thing about this hike is the views you get as you do it; to the west you're looking at the Minaret Range, as you ascend the ridge converges a bit in that direction, so that as you climb you get a little closer to it, and see all these not so far away utterly gorgeous terraced lakes. Banner & Ritter, along with utterly gorgeous, multi-colored U-shaped valleys cut by distant streams and far off waterfalls are basically the center of what you're looking at in that direction. To the east, you're looking at verdant green valleys, the obsidian covered Glass Mtn, Mono Lake way out there, glimpses of June Lake every now and then a little closer in. A most excellent day...

Mileage and gain for the entire trip: 9.3 miles, 3450' gain

Our group consisted of:

Mat Kelliher
Bill Simpson
Aimee Shocket
Shurovi Masud
May Tang
Mary Varalyay
Dan Graef
Miriam Khamis
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3450 ft / 1051 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3450 ft / 1051 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Start Trailhead:6792 ft / 2070 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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