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Day Hike to Morris Peak & Mount Jenkins


WALKER PASS IS FUN! 

Amazing view from Morris Peak!

Hiking Category

This is a class 1 and 2 hike for intermediate and advanced level hikers ( sorry no beginners on this one please ). This hike is 14.5 miles with an elevation gain of 3800 feet. We will climb 4 peaks featuring two fantastic Sierra Club HPS peaks. We are hoping for a sunny day with wildflowers on the slopes.

 Walker Pass Weather 

Hiking Plan

We will be carpooling/carvanning from the Sierra Gateway in South Lake at 7:30 so we will be at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Highway 178 (Walker Pass) and be hiking by 8:00am.

  • We will hike north on the PCT to the Morris Peak turnoff (6585') [masked],[masked]). 
  • We will hike to Morris Peak (7215')[masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike down the north side of Morris to the PCT on the Morris/Jenkins saddle (6530'). (5 miles to this point with 2000 feet of elevation gain).
  • We will hike on the PCT past the plaque [masked], [masked]) to the Jenkins Turnoff (6950') [masked],[masked]). (This section is 2 miles with an elevation gain of 525 feet).
  • Hike on the use trail to Mount Jenkins (7921') [masked], [masked]).and back to the PCT. ( This section is 1.25 miles RT with 975 ft of elevation gain. )
  • Hike back to Walker Pass, and do Proposal Peak (6529')[masked],[masked]) and Peak 6350' [masked], [masked]) on our way out. ( This section is 6.3 miles with an elevation gain of 300 feet. )


Hylton Hiker on Mount Jenkins. 04-23-2011.

Conclusion

This should be an awesome day of hiking.

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Class What?

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 ).

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*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice hike. I turned back early for a 10mi day, and that was just right for me. But I need to get back into the habit of carpooling... next time!

    April 4, 2012

  • Dan J.

    Nice Spring day.

    April 2, 2012

  • Maria Araceli T.

    It was a great hike! Irma and I felt very accomplished by the end of the day! Thank for the support ;) Very pleasant experience!

    April 1, 2012

  • Paul

    Managed to hit two peaks in one day.....nice to see the flowers along the trail as well.

    April 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's great days like this one that make me really grateful to have so many wonderful people to hike with. Thank you for coming out hiking with me I had a great time.

    March 31, 2012

  • Donna M.

    PCT was in good shape and the wildflowers were blooming. Wind was gusty, but the temps were good for hiking.

    March 31, 2012

  • Freddie J.

    See you there Paul. White Chevy Silverado 4 door btw

    March 30, 2012

  • Paul

    I'll be at Chevron 0630.......

    March 30, 2012

  • Freddie J.

    Paul or anyone else wanting to carpool from Chevron, I will drive if you wanna pitch in a couple bucks for gas. I have a full size Chevy Truck dual cab fits 3-4 passengers comfortably. Let me know, you can call me for faster response[masked]

    March 30, 2012

  • Dan J.

    The weather looks OK - gusts above 40mph with a slight chance of sprinkles.

    March 29, 2012

  • Paul

    I'd like to carpool from Chevron.....

    March 28, 2012

  • Maria Araceli T.

    Oh wow! Sorry I completely oversaw the "5 Classes of climbing Difficulty" I think it should be enough. Sorry for the unnecessary post!

    March 28, 2012

  • Maria Araceli T.

    I think I'm an intermediate hiker, but how do I classify myself? I am planning to do Mt. Whitney on July 3rd and really need these type of hikes. I've climbed most of Mt. Whitney (up to 12000 ft elevation) over a course of 1 day. Do you think I'll be okay for this hike? Before I sign up, I first wanted to know if I could do it (I wouldn't want to slow anyone down ;o)! Please let me know if you have any suggestions/comments!

    March 28, 2012

  • Dan J.

    I have a good view of much of that area, I'll post snow conditions as we get closer. I was up the PCT Saturday morning - after most of the heavy rain stopped and it was lightly snowing. The snow level then was around 5800 ft. About 1/2 inch of fresh power at 6k. I'm sure more fell Sat night and sunday but even then, it melts fast. On the east side this afternoon the snow line (looked) around 6800 ft on Morris.

    March 19, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I believe the last peak is Peak 6350 not 6530. This is important.

    March 18, 2012

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