Map of my GPS track. I climbed the peak via the south slopes from Lamarck Col, then descended the East face.
Non-snow route up the col. It's usually not this easy - steep enough that when there is snow people usually carry crampons and an ice axe. I've only gone over it in dry years so I haven't had that issue.
Starting up the trail. Tiny little patch of yellow - I can't believe it's almost fall!
I love this shaded stretch through the trees.
Heading up the trail to Lower Lamarck Lake
Stepping out of the trees into the views
Just below Lower Lamarck Lake
This is one of my favorite trails
Lower Lamarck Lake
Lower lamarck Lake
Climbing up to the next lake
Following switchbacks above Upper Lamarck Lake
Upper Lamarck Lake
Looking back on North Lake, Green Lake
Peeking through the windows along the trail
Love this stretch as it climbs towards Lamarck Pass
Reaching treeline, still about 1000 ft below the Col.
Year-round snow up here.
Been climbing a while now...
No col in site yet - you don't see it until you're pretty close.
The Piute Crags are a bit lower now.
You climb from sandy plateau to sandy plateau on the way to Lamarck Col
Up up up. Losing most green now - it's a sand and stone moonscape.
Piute Crags and lower lamarck lake far below. Mt Humpreys on the left.
Finally, the col and the peak pop out.
Lamarck Peak, finally!
Looking the other way towards the whites
Lamarck Peak. I study the view for a while - there's supposed to be a class 2 route, but I'm not sure where to start or where to aim on the ridge, so I decide to take the long way around from the back. That means I continue on to the col.
The col is the lower point on the left of the ridge, to the left of the glacier. Most years, there is a lot of snow here.
Looking over at Lamarck Peak, trying to pick out the route.
Tarn below the col and a very dirty snow field.
Scrambling through the rocks towards the col.
Snow field and ridge between the col and the peak.
Lamarck Peak (the right point). I have a better vantage point from here - it doesn't look quite so steep and I think I see a way to pop off the ridge and into the boulders. I think I might come down that way.
THe tarn below the col. Very dry.
Almost to the col. To get to the peak from here, you can traverse the ~class 3 ridge, or drop a little lower on the far side to a class 2 traverse.
Looking down on my approach terrain. Dry.
At the col! Mt Darwin dominates the view
Darwin canyon! One of my favorite views. You can also see that I'm in better boulders than the ridge. I traverse to the right.