RT Distance: 33.0 miles
Elev. Gain: 9169
It is possible that Mt. Clarence King has never been climbed as a dayhike. The easiest approach
is via Onion Valley but still involves 33 miles roundtrip and over 9,000 ft of elevation gain.
The shortest possible route is about 25 miles going through Gardiner Creek, but the bushwhack
up Gardiner Creek would cost much more than the miles and elevation saved over the Onion Valley
Mt. Clarence King, when approached via the South Face, is mostly class 2-3 until the last couple
of hundred feet. It is then class 4 to the summit block, where a few tricky moves are required
to reach the pinnacle. While the summit register has numerous entries from parties that soloed
the entire route, a rope is recommended for the less experienced.
||Sept 25, 2004
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