Fourth Of July Peak
Place Name: Mokelumne Wilderness
Place Description: State: California
Elevation: 9,536 Feet
Prominence: 216 Feet
Elevation Gain: 1,372 Feet
The Day After The Fourth Of July, I Climbed Fourth Of July Peak
Nice rounded summit to the south of Round Top with the options to hang out at beautiful lakes or follow a long ridge line traverse.
- Easy trail to follow
- Beautiful Scenery
- Wildlife Abundant
- Extremely windy
- Exposed to sun
- Crowded trails early in the hike
Went for a day hike off Carson Pass today with my wife. After doing Round Top last week, I have been officially bit by the peak bagging bug. Our main destination was 4th of July Lake, however, after reading some reports on this site had hoped to combine this hike by summiting 4th of July Peak, Peak 9795, Melissa Coray, and Covered Wagon.
By the time we finished up at the lake, where the fishing was on fire, we climbed out the hole and up to the saddle leading to the peak. We saw a fellow running down from the summit. After chatting with him briefly we set off up the use trail and bagged this summit in 15 minutes. The wind was absolutely ripping up there in the 25-30mph range from the south. Hung around on the peak for 20-30 minutes, never found a register. Ended up calling it a day and saved the other peaks for another day. By the time we turned the corner to Round Top Lake, the fierce wind was coming out of the north, when we reached Winnemucca Lake is was coming straight from the east. This was a great day trip. Walked 14 miles total and took my 3rd summit in as many weeks! Now just gotta settle on my next one!
Note: Vertical gain is from 4th of July Lake since we summited from that ascent. Actual total vertical gain on the day is much higher. Total miles is Carson Pass to 4th of July Lake, to 4th of July Peak, back to Carson Pass. If you were coming just for the peak, you could do this rather quickly, especially by starting at Woods Lake instead of Carson Pass.