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Senator, You are no Mount Kennedy (part 2)

Kennedy Mtn (11,433')

From Cedar Grove (5035), we’ll pack up the Copper Creek trail. We’ll set up camp in or above Upper Tent Meadow (9189). Saturday, we’ll hike over Granite Pass (10673) to the north side of the Monarch Divide, traverse up and down through the Volcanic Lakes basin, pass East Kennedy Lake (10100), climb Kennedy Mountain (11433) and return to our camp. Memorial Weekend 2011, this trip was stopped at 11000 feet by a blizzard. It’ll be a different experience as an October outing.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.schuman AT gmail DOT com

Class 2
Kings Canyon Cedar Grove
Aaron Schuman

Eclipse on Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta (14,104')

Why not combine two great activities and watch a solar eclipse from the top of a mountain? On May 20 there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in northern California and we are planning to watch it from the top of Mt. Shasta. But there is a catch! The eclipse is on the 20th at 18:25. Yes, that is half past 6 in the evening! So the current plan is to camp on the summit plateau. Route is planned to be West Face Gully, but this may change. As always the conditions vary, so we may end deciding to descend after the eclipse, watch the eclipse from further down the mountain, not make the summit or watch the eclipse from the local bar.

While we are not planning on a difficult route, the time of day presents some obvious problems and all participants are thus expected to have a reasonable level of experience and past experience with sleeping at high altitude.

Leaders: Jesper Schou (schou AT and Jeff Fisher (jeff_fisher_5252 AT

Reasonable level of experience with snow conditions and with sleeping at high altitude
Mount Shasta
Jesper Schou
Jeff Fisher

Gould and Dragon

Mt Gould (13005') and Dragon Peak (12955')

We'll hike the short trail from Onion Valley to a camp near Golden Trout Lake on Saturday. Sunday we'll climb the class 3 south ridge of Dragon Peak from Gould Pass and then traverse south to climb the class 2 north side of Mt Gould, returning to camp to pack up and hike out.

Leader: Terry Cline,

Class 3
Golden Trout Lake above Onion Valley
Terry Cline

Bear Creek Spire

Bear Creek Spire (13,720')

Saturday we'll hike from Mosquito Flat to a camp at Dade Lake. Sunday we'll climb the northeast buttress of Bear Creek Spire and descend the Ulrichs Route and if time allows climb Mt Dade (class 2) before returning to camp and hiking out. A rope will be carried since some class 4 climbing should be encountered near the summit. To shorten Sunday, we could do Dade on Saturday via the class 2 Hourglass route after setting up camp.

Leader: Terry Cline,

Class 4
Little Lakes Valley
Terry Cline


Mt. Vogelsang (11,516')

We'll hike up Rafferty Creek from the Dog Lake trailhead on Saturday to our camp near Vogelsang Lake. On Sunday we'll climb the class 2 route, and plan to summit our peak by noon. Following our successful climb, we'll return to camp, pack up and head out by late afternoon. Permit for 6. Leader Joe Baker.

Contact co-leader, Judy Molland,, for more information.

Class 2
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Joe Baker
Judy Molland

Black Hawk

Black Hawk Mountain (10,348')

Start from the Kennedy Meadow Resort, west of Sonora Pass in the
Stanislaus National Forest. Sat backpack to camp, 8 miles with 2,900’
of gain. Sunday early morning climb the peak, and hike out. Contact
Arun for sign ups.

Leader(s): Linda Sun
Arun Mahajan

Class 2
Kennedy Meadow Resort, west of Sonora Pass
Linda Sun
Arun Mahajan

Kaiser Peak

Kaiser Peak (10,310')

"Kaiser Loop Trail" - 15 mile loop trail from Deer Creek Trailhead to Billy Creek.
This is a strenuous trail that combines a climb to an outstanding panoramic view of the high Sierra from the summit, an opportunity to climb Kaiser peak, and a lovely hike through the forest and meadows of the lower portion of the Kaiser Wilderness.
Leader Tim Hult. Permit is for 4, please contact timdhultatsbcglobaldotnet

Class 2 peak
Huntington Lake/ near Fresno
Tim Hult

Goddard and Reinstein

Mt. Goddard (13,568') and Mt. Reinstein (12,586')

Mts. Goddard and Reinstein from the West, class 2/3, but plan on bringing ice axe and crampons for the higher snow fields early in the season. We will enter from the West, proceed over Hell for Sure Pass, and camp at Martha Lake. Given this is a 5 day hike, the pace will be moderate. Wait list only for this hike. contact: timdhultatsbcglobal dot net

Class 2/3 but possible ice axe and crampons
Courtright Reservoir
Tim Hult

Hooper, Senger, Gemini, 7 Gables

Hooper (12,349'), Senger (12,286'), Gemini (12,088'), possibly Seven Gables (13,080')

Hooper (12,349), Senger (12,286), Gemini (12,088) and possibly 7 Gables (13,080). We will begin at Florence Lake ferry ride on 1 September. Trip is rated at class 3/4 for some of the peaks, and 2 for others. Permit is for 4. Participants must be comfortable with climbing up to class 4 and knowledgeable on use of a rope and proper technique. Contact

Class 4
Florence Lake
Tim Hult

South Warner Wilderness Loop

Circumnavigate Warner Mountain Range

South Warner Wilderness Loop "Late September - Early October"
Objective of this 3- 4 day, 40 mile loop trip will be to circumnavigate the Warner Mountain Range in NE CA, about 20+ miles from Alturas. Leader is seeking partners interested in exploring dates for this trip and to discuss logistics. The loop trip begins and ends at Pepperdine trailhead with all travel except optional peaks on class 1 trail (Summit trail to Owl Creek Trail). Potential class 2 Peaks: Eagle Peak (9892 ft), Warrent Peak (9710 ft).
contact: timdhultatsbcglobaldotnet for a discussion of this trip, planning and timing.

Class 1 and 2
Warner Mountain Range
Tim Hult