Lamont Peak

Lamont Peak
Lamont Peak

Lamont Peak is a small peak in the Southern Sierra, with a trailhead accessible from highway 178 via a short 6 mile drive on graded dirt road. It is probably the easiest peak on the Sierra Club SPS list. There is a trail all the way to the top, and although it is steep, not well maintained, and difficult to follow from time to time, the route is straightforward and non-technical.

It was a perfect hike to break up our long drive back to the Bay Area at the end of the Memorial Day weekend. The trail starts of harmlessly enough with a gentle grade, but 1/4 mile in it gets steeper and the grade only got worse over the next mile. Finally, about a mile in, we crossed over the shoulder of a sub-peak and contoured along the backside on a narrow trail.

Lots of flowers
Lots of flowers

When the summit is in sight, there is a steep ~200 ft drop to a saddle before the final ~400 ft climb to the summit. There are some scrambly little sections but it’s easy to find the way up.  A hint: When getting to the ‘window’ in the rock at the top, the summit is the rock pile to your left, not the right. We, naturally, checked the wrong pile first. The right pile offers a fun class-3 climb, but the block to the left is easily ascended and has the official SPS summit register.

Keep your eye on the skies – we watched several military aircraft performing refueling exercises.

Links

Lamont Peak at EveryTrail

Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

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