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Climbing California's Mountains
by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)
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We tried this as a day hike from the trailhead, not Horton Lake. The "road" is pretty rough; 4-wheel drive strongly recommended. The first part of the hike is good; clear trail and a steady uphill grade. The second part, up the southwest ridge, is all on scree and there isn't a marked trail. We did not get to the top, but did spend 2.5 hours ascending on the scree - it was 3 hours down on the scree. We were on the trail by 8:30am and arrived back to the truck at 8:45pm - in the dark. It is an amazing mountain with good views into the high Sierra. This was the first hike we did not reach the top (we had no problem on Half Dome, White Mt, Telescope Peak, Mt Humphreys, etc) and as disappointing as that was we will not reattempt due to the scree. Recommend camping at Horton Lake v. day-hiking from the trailhead, bring scree-gators, & use a GPS for descending the ridgeline.
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