Peak 13,360 Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||fossana on Sep 7, 2010|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, Lurker -, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen|
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.
W Chute (Class 2) - RG Dunn, 1964
W Ridge (Class 3) - Peter Croft and Dayle Masserella, 1998
E Face (Class 3) - Chris Schneider, 2002
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.
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