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12A Mount Deception

Location: Los Angeles County, California

A use-name given for obscure reasons. Earliest known citation is from the same 1946 Peak List where Weldon Heald admitted that some names "came simply from recent usage among Club members". Robinson admittedly guesses that HPS founder Weldon Heald probably just wanted to add point 5796' as a named summit to his list of peaks, and that either he or a friend made up this title as a suitable-sounding companion name to nearby Mount Disappointment.

Frequent hiking companions of Heald, Jack Bascom and R.S. "Sam" Fink have other opinions. Jack disagrees that Heald is the origin and believes that it was a Sierra Club use-name before the 1940's. Sam says he has always assumed that it originated with the same Survey team that named Disappointment and that they quite likely then climbed and named the adjoining bump as Deception before settling on San Gabriel Peak as the local high point. If so, it remains a puzzle why this name has survived so long in common usage without appearing on any map.

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1942.


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