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Mt. Clarence King

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Mt. Clarence King 

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Elevation: 12,905'
Location: 36.8333, -118.4465 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Jul 13, 2007
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Mt Clarence King from 60 lakes basin.


One of the Sierra's greatest peaks is aptly named after the famous Victorian USGS explorer and author.

Remote and windswept with no walk up, the quintessential High Sierra peak and scene of one of the hardest US climbs of the 19th century - Bolton Brown's South Face Route (I 5.4) which is also the descent.

The summit consists of a tricky little block overhanging the abyss - classic.

Getting There 

This hike is more than an approach; it's a journey unto itself.

Day 1: Hike from Onion Valley (from 395 at Independence) over Kearsarge Pass and down to Charlotte Lake.

Day 2: Take the old shortcut trail (see an old Starr's Guide) from Charlotte Lake to Glen Pass, with wonderful views of the Brewer Group. Descend down the Rae Lakes trail but at the bottom of the pass head NW cross country and over Rae Col and into the magical Sixty Lake Basin, and soon hit the trail from Rae Lakes, follow it for a mile or so deeper into the basin, then scout out a campsite.

On the way out it may be better to take the Sixty Lake Basin Trail past Fin Dome and into Rae Lakes Basin, thence over Glen Pass, Kearsarge Pass, and so to Onion Valley. I've done the hike out in one day a couple of times, so it's doable (about 20 miles).

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Fred close to the end of the first pitch.

East Face - Ramp Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : High Sierra : Mt. Clarence King
A committing route because of its remote location.Up snow to the beginning of the ramp.P1-2 (5.8) Climb the ramp using cracks in the corner and later traversing right to the edge.P3-5 (Class 3) Pitches heading for the summit exit cracks and ending at a sandy ledge where the face steepens.P6-8 (5.8) There seem to be choices. Climb steep but well-protected cracks which lead to the east ridge.The summit block has its moments - so suck up and go.Solo down the Bolton Brown (South Face) Route (5.4). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Mt. King from the southeast - with cumulus clouds.
Mt. King from the southeast - with cumulus clouds.
Fred Batliner at the bottom after a descent of the Bolton Brown Route
Fred Batliner at the bottom after a descent of the...
Sixty Lake Basin environs.
Sixty Lake Basin environs.
Mt. Brewer and North Guard seen from the approach to Glen Pass
Mt. Brewer and North Guard seen from the approach ...
Routes on Mt. Clarence King
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Rae Lakes, Cotter, and King seen from North Dragon Pass.
Rae Lakes, Cotter, and King seen from North Dragon...
Fin Dome seen from Mt. King.
Fin Dome seen from Mt. King.
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