The peak and view beyond.
One climber's alpine wilderness adventure is another's chosspile of collapsing volcanic slag. Even were it next to a major highway close to a city, this wouldn't see all that much action.
J.D. (Jack Daniels is apparently stuck in my head) is a visually scenic peak, and surrounded by horizons of similar jagged non-granitic ridges for the very reason it's not very appealing to climbers - it's made of very different (and lower quality) rock than usual.
Take the pack trail from Blue Lake Road southeast to the saddle west of the summit block, passing above a treeline of Lodgepole Pine woodlands to sagebrush plains. There, follow use trails, cairns, or just your own instinct to the peak itself.
Climbing Season For the Central Sierra area.
Weather station 7.4 miles from here
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Featured Route For J.D. Peak
South Face Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
: Central Sierra
: ... : J.D. Peak
The path of least resistance the the summit, though not that apparent until you're right under it. Typically called class 4, and most moves on it are that: intuitively ladder-like. I called it easy 5th because there were a couple of distinctly climbingish moves on it that a scrambler wouldn't usually encounter (at the chimney, and especially starting the downclimb from the top). If using a rope, the summit route breaks naturally into two short pitches....[more] Browse More Classics in California