Morris Peak, Mount Jenkins
By: Dick Akawie
Dick Akawie, Frank Goodykoontz
The group of 26 left Walker Pass on Highway 178 at 7:30AM on a cool-tocold day. We followed the Pacific Crest Trail northward through the deserty area into the higher forested area. We left the trail at the saddle just below 6600 feet southwest of Morris, and headed up to the peak.
We went down the slope on the north side of Morris, joining the PCT again at 6500 feet. The ground on this north slope was frozen, which made the descent thicky. Then we hiked north on the PCT until we reached the east-northeast ridge of Jenkins, a little below 7000 feet. Here Frank took over and led us up the well ducked route to Jenkins- which was Cindy Okine's Hundredth Peak!
After lunch, we came back down to the trail, and I led the group all the way back along the PCT to the cars, which we reached about 4:20PM. Everyone climbed both peaks. One signed out when we reached the PCT after Jenkins, intending to continue north to climb Owens Peak; I hope he was successful. At the cars, we had a great party to celebrate with the new emblem holder.
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