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Cirque Peak

This hike is similar to the one Alice is hosting on the 13th
with two exceptions:

-We will be summiting Cirque Peak instead of going to New
Army Pass.
-We will return to the trailhead by another route- making a
big loop instead of an out and back.


The Plan

We will depart from the trailhead at approximately 9am.  Follow signs that lead to New Army pass.  Depart from trail near High Lake and head south cross-country to Cirque Peak. After summiting Cirque Peak, descend to the PCT and take it to Chicken Spring Lake.  Go over Cottonwood Pass and follow trail back to Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead.

 

Who can go?

This is a strenuous hike for experienced hikers only.  It does involve some class 2 and cross-country travel.  For this reason, I am asking hikers to join the waiting list and I will add you manually.  If I am not familar with your hiking skills, could you please shoot me an email with previous hikes you have done with similar elveation and mileage to this one.  I don't want to exclude anyone, I just want to make sure this hike is a good fit for you!


The Numbers

Trailhead Elev: 10,050’

Cirque Peak: 12,883'

Total Elev. Gain: 3,450’

Miles: approx. 16


Travel/Camping

Bakersfield Carpoolers will leave Bakersfield by 5:30.  I know it’s early, but this is a long day hike. 
Alice summed up the rest so well in her write-up, so I’m just copying and pasting it here:

To get to Horseshoe Meadows:

Take 395 north (or south if you live north of Lone Pine)

A couple of miles before Lone Pine you turn left on Lubken Cyn rd  (Boulder Creek RV park is on the right side of 395. Go 3.3 miles to Horseshoe Meadows Road. Turn left. Go 15.4 miles to the Horseshoe Meadows equestrian and hikers camping turnoff, go right. See attached map.

If you are coming from north or Lone Pine, take Whitney Portal road to Horseshoe Meadows road, turn left. (see above instructions)
There's semi primitive camping by the trailhead. Water, outhouses, picnic tables, bear lockers and fire pits. First come, first served. There's plenty of room.

 

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  • Walter R.

    I posted my pictures from yesterday on my FLICKR account. The link is https://www.flickr.com/photos/walterrnk/sets/72157645791679932/

    1 · July 20, 2014

    • Walter R.

      Thanks, Pam. I like that view, too. :-)

      July 21, 2014

    • Mary

      Nice photo journey of the Hike to Cirque. Awesome!

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Mary

    Beautiful hike. Thanks Jill and Walter for your knowledge of the area and making the way back as interesting as the way up to Cirque. Everyone was so nice. Great meeting you all. You're a strong group of hikers.

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Jill W.

    Mary, Evan, Darren, we waited until 5:40, but didn't see you.

    1 · July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jill I am on the road I didn't know we was meeting up to carpool

      2 · July 19, 2014

    • Dan J.

      Jill, I didn't make it. Something I ate down in Palmdale yesterday (?) didn't agree with me. Also, FYI, I saw rain drops and heard thunder around 530 am north of here. Best of luck! I'm really bummed I can't make it. Stay safe.

      1 · July 19, 2014

  • Dan J.

    Jill, I'm actually going to ride with Walter Runkle (he's a coworker and former rescue member - think he is in the club). We both want to get an early start because of the chance of T-storms. The past few afternoons I have seen nice build-up over the sierra to the north of here. I plan to ride with Walter and we plan to hit the trail around 7:30ish. Sorry about that. Maybe we will see you out there later in the day.

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Jill W.

      No worries. I understand completely and you are in a bit of a different position because you live a lot closer to the TH. Hope to see you on the trail!

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Walter R.

      Good Hiking, Jill. We'll be watching for you. :-)

      July 18, 2014

  • Jill W.

    I will be hiking with a filter. All are free to use it.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Jill W.

    Also, I was considering moving up the start time, but since rain predictions are the same throughout the day, I'm not sure an early start is going to improve our chances of beating an afternoon shower.

    July 18, 2014

  • Jill W.

    The "slight chance" of thunder storms has been upgraded to 40% chance in the morning and evening. So, this may not just be the typical sierra afternoon storm. I will be going no matter what, but I want everyone to be aware that we may need to turn around on trail because I don't plan on marching carelessly on to exposed, rocky ridges when lightning is striking. So, consider that this is a long drive for a hike in uncertain conditions.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Julie R.

    So bummed to bail, but I am feeling that 16 miles at altitude may be a little ambitious for me right now. I have been racing my bicycle, so am in great cardiovascular shape, but my feet are not calloused for that long of a hike. For those who know me, I could gut it out, but I do not want to be a liability. So, I'll start with some shorter hikes and train up to join you on your next adventures. Will miss the beauty and the company! Have fun!

    July 17, 2014

    • Holly

      I was looking forward to seeing you ;(

      July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everybody, Has anyone been following the weather in the High Sierra? mountain-forecast.com forecasts rain all through the week until Friday night. The website forecasts cloudy to clear skies on Saturday. .7 inches are predicted to fall on Tuesday. I hope this is helpful. I have been told by old pros (like Dan) that rain in the High Sierra is common in the late summer/early fall and usually falls after noon. I hope everybody stays dry. I will be hiking to Langley this coming weekend. Thought I would share with my fellow hikers.

    1 · July 14, 2014

    • Dan J.

      Have a blast then! I'll wave at you from the top of Cirque.

      July 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Dan, I will and I will wave back :)

      July 17, 2014

  • Jill W.

    For those leaving from Bakersfield, I plan on meeting at the Starbucks's on Weedpatch Hwy (hwy 184) just off the 58. If you want to grab somehting at Starbuck's, make sure you are there early. I want to leave by 5:30 because this is a long hike.

    July 15, 2014

  • Nancy

    Have fun Jill!!!!

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Pam B

    I'm considering this hike. I haven't hiked at altitude yet this year, but I have done Kearsarge, Whitney and many others the past few years. I'm training for Grand Canyon rim to rim in Oct. I welcome your advise.

    July 11, 2014

  • Mary

    Hi Jill. I'd love to join your group to hike Cirque Peak. I hiked Mt Langley last Saturday and have been training for a Mt Whitney. I hope you can add me to your list. Thanks

    July 7, 2014

    • Mary

      Thanks Richard. We went up and down New Army Pass and did not encounter any snow. It sure was pretty.

      July 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the information Mary! I will be doing Langley (again because I am a glutton for punishment) on the 19th and it is nice to know there is no snow. I am afraid of heights so rock scrambling is scary for me.

      July 9, 2014

  • Dan J.

    Are you sure you don't want to start earlier than 9am? When we recently did Langley we started at ~5am and didn't all get back until around 7p or later if I recall correctly.

    July 7, 2014

    • Jill W.

      Thanks Dan, I'll take that into consideration.

      July 7, 2014

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