Mount Darwin

Bishop, California

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There is no more inspiring sight in the Sierra Nevada than the view of Mendel Couloir and the Darwin Glacier as you crest Lamarck Col. From this vantage point, the upper slopes of the Darwin Glacier appear much too steep to ski. Don’t be intimidated; due to foreshortening, the route appears to be much steeper than it really is. The views from the summit of Mount Darwin are striking, especially those of the ski descent routes of Mount Goddard and Black Giant, a short distance to the south. There are also great views of the Evolution Basin, the Ionian Basin, the Palisades, and hundreds of peaks in all directions.
50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

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50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

by Paul Richins (The Mountaineers Books)

There is no more inspiring sight in the Sierra Nevada than the view of Mendel Couloir and the Darwin Glacier as you crest Lamarck Col. From this vantage point, the upper slopes of the Darwin Glacier appear much too steep to ski. Don’t be intimidated; due to foreshortening, the route appears to be much steeper than it really is. The views from the summit of Mount Darwin are striking, especially those of the ski descent routes of Mount Goddard and Black Giant, a short distance to the south. There are also great views of the Evolution Basin, the Ionian Basin, the Palisades, and hundreds of peaks in all directions.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 6,917 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Best March through May
Additional Use: Snowboarding
Local Maps: USGS Mount Thompson, Mount Darwin
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Darwin

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May 2018