Cardinal Mountain


By: Bud Bingham

From the Angeles Chapter Schedule

Cardinal Mtn. (13,397'): Here is an opportunity see fine views of the upper reaches of the South Fork of the Kings River and Bench Lake area. For conditioned and experienced knapsackers. Rugged! Meet 7:00 a.m. at Taboose Cr. and U.S. 395. Cars caravan to end of road on Taboose Cr. Knapsack to timberline camp on steep rocky trail. Bring canteens. Sun., climb to Taboose Pass and take trailless route to peak. Gain: 5,300' Sat., 2,900' Sun. Hiking Sat. 6 miles without pack; Sun. 6 miles without and 6 miles with. Driving: 560 miles. Leader: BUD BINGHAM. Asst.: DON CLARKE.

From the October 1956 issue of Southern Sierran


--Bud Bingham

At 8:00 a.m. Sept. 15, (1956) five die-hards met the challenge of climbing to Taboose Pass from the Owens Valley floor and on to Cardinal Mtn. The group comprised of Barbara Lilley, Bob Bear, George Wallerstein, Don Clarke and Bud Bingham. With ambitious spirits upon reaching the pass, packs were left behind and the summit was reached by 5:00 p.m. the same day. Darkness found the group at a timberline campsite one mile west of the pass. Sunday, a hike to Bench Lake provided camera shots of the lake and Arrow Peak. Three in the party took a cold swim. The hike back to the cars was completed by 5:00 p.m.


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