It is a tradition…climbing a peak or 2 on my birthday. Shenanigans are always part of the day. After all it is my day. Since I ran out of fingers to hold up to show my age this year, why not hang myself over the top of Wonoga Peak for fun. Right? BTW: I do not recommend or promote such behavior. It is for the crazies only or older ladies that forgot for a moment that they are no longer a teenager. This trip was also the perfect opportunity to gear test a couple new items that I will be posting about soon: the new Sawyer Mini and Gaia GPS. Sadly while I was testing the Sawyer I accidentally dropped my pricey Sony RX100 directly and completely into the stream. Remarkably after much drying out, that camera is okay. Very surprising.
Wonoga Peak is a fun and short climb that starts from Horseshoe Meadows Road outside of Lone Pine, CA in the eastern Sierras. A perfect climb for beginners that want a taste of cross-country travel with a fast huge reward at the summit. Climbing up the summit block is class 2 with some alternate class 3 routes. The 360 view from the top is stellar with clear views of peaks: Olancha, Muah, Trail, Cirque, Langley, Whitney, Russell, Tyndall, Williamson and Owens Valley. This is serious High Sierra real estate. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate one more year of getting outside hiking, climbing, and backpacking.
LENGTH About 2.1 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN 1895 feet
TRAIL HEAD Drive up Horseshoe Meadows road to just past the place where hang gliders take off. There is a paved pull out on the right. This is where the Little Cottonwood Creek Trail starts to head up to Wonoga Peak.
DIFFICULTY Moderate with some route finding
BEST TIME TO HIKE Spring, summer, and fall
ROUTE Head up Cottonwood Creek about a 1/3 mile, head cross-country east up the ravine to Wonoga Peak. We referred to Trip 110 in Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side by J.C. and Ruby Jenkins for directions.
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