Sorrell Peak, Piute Mountain Lookout, Piute Peak
21-22 October 1967
By: Bruce Collier
Leader: Bruce Collier
Following an early (9:30 a.m.) but sunny Saturday morning meeting at Jawbone Canyon, a group of 45 Sierra Club members and their guests caravaned to the start of a beautiful climb through pines, scrub oaks and willows to enjoy the views and lunch on the summit of Sorrell Peak (7702'). Some non-hikers visited the old sawmill ruins and a cabin which was believed to date back to the mid-1800's on their route to the site of Claraville. Little remains of the old mining camp except for tailing piles, placer sites and a large trash pile.
Camp was made near French Meadow and the evening camp fire brought forth numerous discussions of Sierra Club outings and plans.
The group departed Sunday morning for Piute Mountain Lookout and then ascent of Piute Peak (8412'), the high point of the area.
Despite the fact that few climbs were attempted, all present agreed that more trips should be scheduled into this beautiful area.
The return trip home featured visits to old mining camps and exploration of the area.
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