Lamont Peak SPS / ESS

Mon, May 8, 2006
Etymology Story Photos / Slideshow Map Profile
later climbed Sat, Oct 1, 2016

Continued...

Having spent the night in Ridgecrest, I had to get back to San Jose, but had saved an easy outing to Lamont on the way home. It must be the easiest peak on the entire SPS list. It took about an hour to reach the summit, having gotten lost a few times on the trail. The TH kiosk looks to have been thrown up when the surrounding Wilderness was created in 1994. A sign on the kiosk asks for volunteers interested in doing trail maintainance. The trail looks to be a use trail, probably defined by the hundreds of Sierra Clubbers that have visited it since the 1960's. I doubt the BLM has done any work at all on the trail as it shows no signs of any maintainance. Still, it's pretty easy to follow for the most part, except where it either crosses grassy areas and is very thin, or in several of the rocky sections near the summit where the ducks are the only way to keep on trail. I managed to lose the trail on the return for a good quarter mile, dropping way too far down on the south side of the hill before realizing my error and climbing back up. The summit register goes back to the early 1960's, much as the other summit registers in the Southern Sierra. The views are generally nice, but it was pretty hazy the day I visited.


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