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This is a fun class 1 hike to Morris Peak (http://www.summitpost.org/morris-peak/180560). The trail is fantastic making this hike somewhat closer to the easy range, but I listed it as moderate due to the distance and elevation gain. The distance is 9 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2000 feet, and it is always fun. If you are keeping track of the Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/hps/aboutus.htm) then you will be happy to know that this is one of the peaks on their list (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/hps/Peaks/01F.html).
--- Here is link to the weather on Morris Peak --- (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.689090899124366&lon=-117.98973083496094&site=hnx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text)
We will meet at the Sierra Gateway at 9:00. From there we will carpool/caravan to Walker Pass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Pass) (5246') (35.662907, -118.026387), and park where the Pacific Crest Trail (http://www.pcta.org/about_trail/overview.asp) (PCT) crosses the road. We should be out of the cars and hiking no later than 10:00am.
We will hike along the PCT until we reach the turnoff to Morris Peak (6585') (35.687192,-117.994044).
We will take that trail for a half mile to the summit of Morris Peak (7215') (35.689979, -117.987010). The view is fantastic from Morris Peak so we will be able to appreciate such landmarks as Mount Jenkins, Mount Owens, Five Fingers, Backus Peak, Russell Peak, the desert, and more. While enjoying the view we will have lunch and relax at the summit.
After that we will return back the way we came.
A note regarding the weather. It is always possible in October that the weather can interrupt our plans. If such a thing occurs then we will have a plan B and possibly plan C in place. Every effort will be made to keep the hike at the same level of difficulty. If weather becomes an issue then those plans will be posted here, we will all discuss our options, and all of the hike participants will be emailed the plan. As we proceed farther into the winter we will be utilizing our plans B and C more often though sometimes no plan will avoid harsh weather or driving conditions. Most of the time though we can find somewhere to hike and it works out fine.
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here (http://www.climber.org/data/decimal.html) ).
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