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Mt. Gould Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,005'
Location: 36.77983, -118.3782 View Map  Incorrect?
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Peak directly north of Kearsarge Pass, while not particularly inspiring, it has an all encompassing view of the peaks in this area.

The summit is a 15 foot Class 3 scramble up a pinnacle standing on essentially Class 2 terrain. The peak has a large high plateau on its northern side.

Getting There 

From the Onion Valley Parking Loop there's a trail which runs north, up into the Golden Trout Lakes basin (eastern bowl of the peak). From the parking loop there's a big waterfall, the trail heads up old scree and passes this on the right, then crosses it's top and follows a depression until a meadow is reached, Golden Trout Lakes is to the left and Dragon Pass is to the right. The left branch leads at first through trees (lovely campsite hereabouts) then follow the creek more or less to a large barren and shadeless lake at about 11,400 ft. This will give you access to the snow routes out of the eastern bowl.

You can also hike up to Kearsarge Pass for access to the peak's south ridge, a great off-the-beaten-track camp site is Matlock Lake - very scenic with lot's of spaces available.

Climbing Season

For the 10 - Kearsarge Pass to Cedar Grove area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Gould

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Gould:
East Face - Right   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Mt. Gould
Rock Climbing Photo: The initial gully in late May.

East Face - Right 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a  California : High Sierra : ... : Mt. Gould
A long snow climb up to the high plateau then south to the summit pinnacle. It would also be a worthy ski mountaineering objective in early season when Onion Valley is open.Climb a moderate snow gully to the upper bowl, then tackle the steeper face and possible cornice to the plateau. Stroll south along the plateau with fabulous view of the Great Western Divide to the west side of the summit pinnacle, a short steep dihedral will deposit you on the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Mt. Gould Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Gould on the right (above Kearsarge Pass).
Mount Gould on the right (above Kearsarge Pass).
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit pinnacle.
Summit pinnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit block requiring mantle move sits atop these...
BETA PHOTO: Summit block requiring mantle move sits atop these...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the summit of Mount Gould
On the summit of Mount Gould
Rock Climbing Photo: 360 degree panorama from the summit of Mount Gould...
360 degree panorama from the summit of Mount Gould...

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