Lone Pine Peak, Mount Mallory
By: Bob Wyka, Al Conrad
Six climbers met at the Meysan Creek trail access road off of the Whitney Portal Rd at 7 A.M. We gained elevation quickly on this clearly marked trail arriving about 1100 A.M. at the 3300m contour on the 7.5 min map. Here we left the trail at a sign labeled "Grass Lake" and proceeded SSW about 1/4 mile to a nice camping area just south of Grass Lake and within sight of the scree slope leading up to Lone Pine Peak. The peak was climbed by all after lunch and we were back in plenty of time to have a happy hour and to finish eating dinner before dark.
On Sunday we were off at 6 A.M. minus two climbers who elected to have a leisurely hike out. From our camp we climbed in the wooded area west of Grass Lake then followed the stream which took us up to the upper Meysan Lake. From the south end of the lake we headed south to an almost snow free and easy third class chute. When I was here two weeks earlier this chute was full of snow and required ice axes. After reaching the flat it was an easy climb reaching the summit at 9:30 A.M. Retracing our steps down we were back out to the cars at 3 P.M. The weekend weather was perfect and almost mosquito free! Many thanks to Al and to the participants Ellen Miller, Eric Lesser, Delores Holladay, and Hoda Shalaby whom all made it a really enjoyable weekend.
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