Mount Tom from Horton Lake

Bishop, California

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A huge peak (the biggest) as seen from the town of Bishop. Mount Tom commands views of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens Valley, and the White Mountains. Mount Tom is big. It’s large when seen from Highway 395, down in the Owens Valley—and it seems even bigger when you’re cresting the false summits near the top. The route, however, is straightforward.
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by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)

A huge peak (the biggest) as seen from the town of Bishop. Mount Tom commands views of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens Valley, and the White Mountains. Mount Tom is big. It’s large when seen from Highway 395, down in the Owens Valley—and it seems even bigger when you’re cresting the false summits near the top. The route, however, is straightforward.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 5,652 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class 2
Season: Best June through September, but often longer depending on snow conditions
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 13,652 feet
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Mount Tom
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Tom (from Horton Lake)

Recent Trail Reviews

5/26/2007
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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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