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Mount Lamark via Lamark Col, CA
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Mount Lamark via Lamark Col, CA 
Mount Lamark via Lamark Col, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.38 Miles 4,745 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   1.88 mph
4,745 ft AEG   2 Hrs   18 Mns Break
 
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this was the first of three day hikes in the eastern sierras
we had considered a longer hike crossing over lamark col, but thought that hitting mt. lamark from the col would be plenty for day one
the trailhead is right at the north lake campground, where we stayed three nights
the trail ascends through pine and aspen forest
our first stop was at beautiful lower lamark lake
we continued to a well defined use trail between upper and lower lamark lakes which went to the base of a snowfield and scree/boulder section just below the col
the snow crossing was very short, while the boulders and scree took a little more effort
great views into darwin bench upon reaching the col at 12,880 feet
it's a class 2 climb to the summit
we dropped a bit onto the south face, and went up from there
a little scrambling, but good footing throughout with no exposure
reached the broad summit plateau, found the register and took in the stellar views
exchanged conversation and photo-taking with a couple of guys we saw along the way
this is the highest peak i have summited :)
dropped back to the col and then to the trail
this hike reminded me a lot of the palisades glacier overlook hike
very similar use trail scenery
at the turnoff, went to upper lamark lake, then back to lower, where john took a little dip in the lake :o
made it back to camp late afternoon
an excellent hike from north lake trailhead
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