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Peak 13,360 Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 13,360'
Location: 37.18032, -118.68684 View Map  Incorrect?
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13,360 rising above one of the Darwin Canyon Lakes

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Description 

Peak 13,360 (known informerly as Mt Gould after evolutionary biologist Steven Jay Gould) is a massive peak in the Evolution Range. It is best known as the first peak in the nine peak, 8.5 mile Evolution Traverse. Given the magnitude of this undertaking and the otherwise relative obscurity of the peak, it is rare to encounter another party en route.

Being an alpine route, be cautious of loose rock. That being said, the rock faces are of high quality and largely free of the crumbly flakes found on occasion in the High Sierra.

Route Summary
W Chute (Class 2) - RG Dunn, 1964
W Ridge (Class 3) - Peter Croft and Dayle Masserella, 1998
E Face (Class 3) - Chris Schneider, 2002

Getting There 

Routes on Peak 13,360 are best approached from the North Lake trail head out of Bishop. From the junction of Highway 395 (Main St) in Bishop go W on Highway 168 (W Line St) for ~17.1 miles. Turn right on N Lake Road (gated seasonally once the snow falls). Continue for 1.7 miles up the hill and to the large parking area near the pack station. Parking at the end of the road is limited to campground patrons. As of Sep 2010 the campground fee was $21 a night. Walk the remaining ~0.5 miles to the trailhead. There are bathrooms at the hikers'/backpackers' parking lot and both bathrooms and potable water at the campground. Overnight wilderness permits are available through the Recreation.gov or ranger station in Bishop. The route is popular with backpackers so plan accordingly.

From the end of the campground loop road take the trail toward Lamark Lakes (the junction is very close to the trailhead). Continue on the trail past Lower Lamark Lake. To reach Upper Lamark Lake skirt the southern shores of Lower Lamark Lake, following use trails. There is a well-maintained upper trail in addition to a less defined one that follows the stream connecting the lakes.

From Upper Lamark it gets a bit more confusing. As you near Upper Lamark Lake look to the steepish slopes to your SW. Here you will find a trail that switchbacks up and brings you over several benches and finally to Lamark Col (12,960). You are aiming for the portion of the ridge directly above the southern end of the tarn below the col. There is a sign and large cairn on the ridge (as of Sep 2010). Dogs are not permitted beyond this point.

From Lamark Col follow one of the use trails down into Darwin Canyon. Avoid contouring too high as you head down and W as the likelihood of getting cliffed out increases. Once you reach Darwin Canyon skirt the northern shores of the lakes to your destination. For the western routes head to Darwin Benches at the end of the very western end of the range. At the end of the Darwin Canyon lakes the trail continues on the northern edge of the meadow before swinging due south. For the E Face route you will be aiming for the northern end of the glacier below Mt Mendel. Note that the route from Upper Lamark Lake is often not marked on topo maps. The total distance to Darwin Benches is ~10 miles. Do not underestimate the difficulty of the approach.

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: Evolution Basin from the route

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Photos of Peak 13,360 Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Emerson, Piute Crags, and Lamark Lakes from the La...
Emerson, Piute Crags, and Lamark Lakes from the La...
Rock Climbing Photo: 13,360 from Darwin Canyon
13,360 from Darwin Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Lamark Col
Lamark Col
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down at Evolution Valley/the JMT
looking down at Evolution Valley/the JMT
Rock Climbing Photo: talus slopes of 13,360 spilling onto the benches
talus slopes of 13,360 spilling onto the benches
Rock Climbing Photo: Darwin, Mendel & 13,360 from Lamark Col
Darwin, Mendel & 13,360 from Lamark Col
Rock Climbing Photo: heading back down from Lamark Col
heading back down from Lamark Col
Rock Climbing Photo: the long ridgeline that makes up Peak 13,360 (W Ri...
the long ridgeline that makes up Peak 13,360 (W Ri...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Lamark Lake
Lower Lamark Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: another alpine pool on the benches
another alpine pool on the benches
Rock Climbing Photo: starting up 13,360
starting up 13,360
Rock Climbing Photo: northern slopes of 13,360
northern slopes of 13,360
Rock Climbing Photo: To reach the col aim for the point in the ridge ju...
BETA PHOTO: To reach the col aim for the point in the ridge ju...
Rock Climbing Photo: first glimpse of Darwin Canyon
first glimpse of Darwin Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: self portrait
self portrait
Rock Climbing Photo: 13,360 rising above one of the Darwin Canyon Lakes
13,360 rising above one of the Darwin Canyon Lakes
Rock Climbing Photo: Mendel from the summit of 13,360
Mendel from the summit of 13,360

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