By: Frank Sanborn
FROM THE SIERRA ECHO (Vol. 11, No. 3), June 1958
MT. MUAH (11,012'), May 24-25 (1958) By Frank Sanborn
Nine hardy men showed up for the fairly strenuous knapsack trip on Saturday, May 24th, at the Carroll Creek roadhead 14 miles southwest of Lone Pine. Frank Sanborn led this small but rugged group, with John Robinson keeping close watch as assistant leader. We moved at a brisk pace over good trails, gaining 2500 feet in 9 miles to our campsite on the edge of Horseshoe Meadow, at 9800 feet. Little Cottonwood and Cottonwood Creeks were swollen by melting snow above, but we crossed them with no difficulty.
Having the whole afternoon to kill, most of the group ascended snow-covered Trail Peak (11,622'), across the meadow from the tree-studded campsite. John Delmonte and Frank, being old married men, stayed in camp.
On Sunday we arose early, hiked across snow hard enough to support us over Mulkey Pass and across wild country (trailless) to the 11,012' summit of Mt. Muah, on the Sierra Crest north of Olancha Peak. An easy but lengthy class 2 walk-up, we found that we were the first to sign the register since Chester Versteeg back in 1937. After struggling through the softening snow five miles back to camp, we took a lunch break, then knapsacked back out, for a total hike of 19 miles on Sunday. Good steaks at Homestead helped restore us, from our hike to Mt. Moooooo-aaaaahh.
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