Peak(s):  El Diente Peak  -  14,159 feet
Mt. Wilson  -  14,246 feet
Wilson Peak  -  14,017 feet
Post Date:  09/07/2010
Date Climbed:   09/03/2010
Posted By:  mannaman


 The fastest way to climb the 3 peaks.  

THE IDEAL WAY
As long as you have great weather this would work. This will not work if you bring a dog.

Go with 4 friends, lets say friday afternoon.
2 of you set up camp in kilpatrick basin. (Team A)
2 of you set up camp in navajo basin. (Team B)
Go to sleep, its a big day.

Saturday morning,
Team A climb El Diente then traverse to Mnt Wilson.
Team B climb Wilson Peak then traverse to Mnt Wilson.
Meet at the summit of Mount Wilson for lunch.
Afternoon
Team A traverse and do Wilson peak and then come down by sunset for navajo basin to the camp Team B left that morning. Spend the night.
Team B traverse to El Diente and then go down the path to kilpatrick basin to the camp that Team A left that morning and spend the night.
Sunday morning meet at the car which can be parked at either trail head.
This would save a ton of time and milage if you guys are cool with sharing gear for a night.

MY WAY

I unfortunately had my back pack stolen but was fortunate enough to not have had it completely packed with all my out door gear.


I decided to throw some sleeping bags, pads and tent into a duffle bag, throw it on my shoulders, grab my dog 'Trippy', a day pack and treck up to Navajo lake. I packed 5 power bars, 2 gatarades and 3 liters of water in a camel pack.
I set off to camp as high up navajo basin as possible, (around 12,300 feet or 7 miles from the trail head with soft grass and a stream of "clean" water) then once the camp was set up , head up Wilson Peak, come back to camp for a power bar and a nap before heading up Mnt Wilson around 6 am the next morning.
The weather was perfect, climbing was average but got quite exciting when I got to the ridge of Mnt Wilson with my two friends Chris and Hamid whom I met along the way. They were also solo so we thought it would be safer to combine forces.

It turned from hiking to rock climbing which made the summit even sweeter.
After the Wilson summit (around 11am) we decided to do the knife edge to El Diente which was intense. We made it to the summit about 2pm. Instead of going down the rock slide scree field to navajo lake, (which looked super dangerous especially with the 2 slides we barely avoided coming up with rocks falling that were the size of small cars) we dipped down the back side to the kilpatrick basin.
I thought it would be faster to traverse the scree fields and go up and over the saddle and back into navajo lake area. It is possible but quite the work out. Once I made it over the hump I followed some elk trails through the trees, around cliffs, across a marsh and river back onto the trail saving me a couple miles of walking. Long and the short, we didn't get back to camp until 10pm that night. I was wishing I had a tent set up in Kilpartick basin instead of having to walk all the way back up past navajo lake to our camp site. Long day.
If I were to do it again, I would either plan on staying longer and take it easy or do what I wrote above.
Good luck and enjoy.
Joby

 


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