Sunday, May 14, 2017

Chimney Peak

We - Susan, Bob and Brian, wanted a good half day work out, to go somewhere new, and not to have to drive for hours. Chimney Peak seemed to fill all three needs. Internet searching turned up very little, but it did appear to be doable from the PCT, so we figured we would give it a try.

Chimney Peak

We started out going north from the Chimney Peak campground on the PCT and after a few miles started heading cross country to a ridge that appeared to head to the peak. Bird song was all around us and we had many Plumbeous Vireos, Black-throated Gray Warblers, and Gray Flycatchers. All the expected species and in excellent numbers with the plentiful water around.

The map showed that Chimney Peak is two high points separated by a quarter mile or so.  We decided to go to both.  Brian’s altimeter indicated that the unnamed peak was four feet lower than the named peak.  Both had nice views of Sawtooth, Owens, Lamont, and then the other direction Olancha, Langley and Whitney.

We came off the summit a different route and enjoyed a beautiful canyon with beautiful mature Sierra Juniper.

Ascending the first summit

Looking at Nine Mile Road and the Indian Wells Valley
Langley and Whitney to the north
Owens and Sawtooth to the southeast
Peak baggers. Photo by Brian Veit
Photo by Brian's selfie-stick

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