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Matterhorn Peak & Whorl Mountain, October 2001


Winter snow had not yet fallen in the High Sierra by late October 2001, so I figured I'd squeak in one more trip before hanging up the camping gear and breaking out the skis.  I hiked into Yosemite from Twin Lakes via the Horse Creek drainage and spent a day climbing around on Whorl Mountain and Matterhorn Peak.




Matterhorn Peak is situated on the border of the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite National Park.  Whorl Mountain lies just inside the park boundary.  The easiest access to this area is from Twin Lakes via the Horse Creek Trail.  Twin Lakes is about 15 miles southwest of the town of Bridgeport (on US 395).  You can park at the private Mono Village campground for a modest fee.  

Permits are required to enter the Hoover Wilderness.  These can be obtained from the US Forest Service ranger station 1/2 mile south of Bridgeport on US 395.  The trails out of Twin Lakes are subject to a quota during high season (late June through mid-September).  Out of quota season, permits may be self-issued at the ranger station.

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