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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
johnlp
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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Third annual trip to the Sierras for Kelly, Denny, and I. It's a long drive from AZ but worth it.

The hike begins at the North Lake campground where we were able to snag a spot w/o a reservation. The campgrounds in this area are quite a bit more popular than Big Pine and Onion Valley where we hiked from in previous years.

The hike ascends to beautiful Lower Lamarck lake. Before reaching Upper Lamarck lake, a use trail takes off to the left which leads to Lamarck Col. Fortunately the trail is fairly well marked with cairns and wear from hikers.

A snow field must be ascended to reach the Col. Late in the season most of the snow has melted, and we stayed left bypassing all but a short section. The footing wasn't too bad anyway. I brought a hiking pole but never used it. Had there been more snow I would have definitely used it.

Once at the Col, we descended a bit down the backside while side-hilling about a quarter mile to a ridge that we took to the summit of Lamarck Mountain at 13,400+ ft.

Views all the way to the Col and Mt are spectacular as is the case with almost every Sierras hike. We relaxed on the summit under perfect weather conditions for a bit before descending to the Col.

On the return hike we stopped by Upper Lamarck lake then Lower Lamarck lake where a took a very short swim in the lake. Felt so good - once I got out.

Great hike and company! Highly recommended. :)
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