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California Matterhorn Exploration
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.23 - 19:46:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Sierra Nevada Range
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1800m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some off trail scrambling
Backpack to Crown Lake and climb of 3 11000ft peaks
In the 1970s I discovered the Oregon Matterhorn See Climbing Matterhorns - Part 1: Oregon and in the 90s I found a Matterhorn in Nevada. See Climbing Matterhorns - Part 2 Nevada About the same time I found the one in California also. So this became my last longer side trip on my Road Trip to California 2000

[photo]img568.jpg[caption]N. Twin Lk. with Sawtooth Ridge, Matterhorn at far left, my peak far right[/photo]

After I got my permits at the ranger station on the edge of Bridgeport I drove south to Twin Lakes, a mostly level road. There was no official trailhead parking, you had to pay a farmer to leave your car on his property. The start of the trail also was fairly level for the first few km and I hiked to Barney Lake for lunch. Afterwards the valley became steeper and the trail zigzagged with short switchbacks. After a few flatter stretches I reached Crown Lake. I can't remember meeting anybody except a ranger lower down who wanted to see my backcountry permit. I guess I should have tied it to my pack, but had put it in a pocket. After a short talk he let me go without looking at it. [photo]img570.jpg[caption]Reflection of The Juggernaut[/photo]

I found a tent site at the northend of the lake in open forest. It was a glorious indian summer day and the lake was a perfect mirror. The spectacular peak at the head of the valley had no name on the map and no spot elevation. Later I saw it called The Juggernaut on Peakbagger. [photo]img573.jpg[caption]Mule Pass with my peak far left, Matterhorn at right[/photo]

In the morning I took it easy and reached Mule Pass in a little over one hour. I cannot remember why I didn't attempt the Matterhorn. With a crack of dawn start it might have been within range like [Trip7712-Mount...

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