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Return to Mt. Patterson 2 months 2 weeks ago #14443


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In June of 2015 we attempted to drive to the summit of Mt Patterson. The scenery was amazing. Even though it was a low snow year, May was unusually cold and wet. We were blocked by snow at about 11,000 feet, a rainstorm was moving in and we decided to head downhill. That trip didn't really go as planned.

I have wanted to go back ever since.

Let me tell you a little about Mt. Patterson, It's in the Sweetwater Mountains north of Bridgeport. There used to be quite a few mining operations in the area, there was even a small "town" of Belfort at 10,200 ft. Because of this there are roads leading up and around in the mountain range. One of these roads goes to the top of Mt Patterson, 11,673 ft.

I believe this is the highest public access road in California. Over in the white mountains you can get up to around 13,000 ft but access is limited to only the research personnel.

I'm looking at heading up there Labor Day weekend, August 31 - September 4. Yeah I know it a holiday weekend and there will be more traffic on the roads. My office closes at 2pm on Thursday and I don't have to be back till 8 on Tuesday. I might as well take advantage of this four day weekend if I can. This is a tentative date, it might need to be rescheduled for the first weekend in October. If my wife Gina can arrange her work schedule to fit this weekend we will go. If not we will wait for October.

From our campsite Mt. Patterson is only a day trip. We will have some additional time to explore. I'd like to explore Mono Craters and drive around Mono Lake on one of the days. Another day maybe stop at Bodie or check out a hot spring in the area.

The following is a first draft of the itinerary. The schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday can be rearranged to fit the needs of the group.

Thursday: Leave my house in Redlands around 2:00 pm and attempt to make it to Lundy Canyon Campground before midnight.

Friday: Relax at camp, go fishing or hiking, maybe take some dirt roads down towards Mammoth Lakes or check out a hot spring. I figure most other people will be traveling to the campground on Friday.

Saturday: Drive around Mono Craters and Mono Lake, possibly stop at Bodie if there is time.

Sunday: Summit Mt Patterson. Stop in Bridgeport or Lee Vining for dinner to celebrate a successful weekend.

Monday: Drive home, stop off at reward mine, alabama hills, or other cool places along the way.

Lodging:

Lundy Canyon Campground Description and Pictures
Lundy Canyon PDF
This is a county operated first come campground. I know it's a holiday weekend and things might be packed. I can't guarantee we will get a spot. We may have to come up with a backup plan if the campground is full.

Maps:

Mt. Patterson MVUM

Mono Lake MVUM

Humboldt-Toiyabe and Inyo National Forest Maps are available for download on Avenza PDF maps

Here are a few pictures from our last trip.








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Return to Mt. Patterson 2 months 2 weeks ago #14444


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Keanan,
Sounds like a good escape from the heat and I'm looking to do something with the kids at the summer break.
Never too excited to get stuck in the crowd on this Holydays, if any other weekends are available it will be fine with me.
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Return to Mt. Patterson 2 months 2 weeks ago #14446


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Keanan, That sounds like a terrific getaway. I won't be able to make it, but I wish you all clear skies and dry roads. - Ray
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I would be interested. But yea, crowds are pain. If we can make it, we would also leave Thursday.
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Re:Return to Mt. Patterson 3 weeks 6 days ago #14562


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Trip is still on. After seeing this notice today the itinerary is yet to be finalized.
Driving to 11,600 and 12,500 feet in the same weekend, I don't know who will get altitude sickness first, me or the Rover.

Perhaps we should rename it the "Altitude Expedition" and print up some shirts and patches. Or is that to ExPo?

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Re:Return to Mt. Patterson 3 weeks 6 days ago #14564


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Jose and I hiked to White Mountain Peak when I lead that trip in 2015 up to the Whites. It's a two track jeep trail all the way to the summit, but the elevation will do a number on you if you're not in decent good shape AND not acclimated. We slept at around 10K the night before so that helped us. This hike is what spurned me to get off my duff and get back in shape - when I had teenage girls and old men passing me on the trail I knew that I had to do something. Two years, 40 lbs and about 1000 miles on trail later I'm feeling pretty good.
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