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#54098 - 08/16/18 04:13 PM Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018
dtfranco Offline


Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 7
Loc: So CAl
Planning on hiking up next month, likely the weekend of 9/22. I have been to the site twice, for a total of 2 hours. I plan on spending 2 nights there this time. It is fascinating to see ALL the pieces of the plane, in great condition, weather-wise (not crash-wise) after 50 winters on the mountain.

I may try to get to Tulainyo Lake from there as a day trip. I don't know if that is possible.

I am trying to talk some hiking friends into going, as I won't go alone.

If anyone is interested in this butt-kicker of a hike (think 6 straight hours on a stairmaster, nothing technical at all, just up, up, up with every step) and a holy grail of wreckchasing (very physical hike = very few people have been there = 99% complete plane), let me know. "Trailhead" (there is no trail, TBH) is at the end of Hogback road.

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#54100 - 08/16/18 05:28 PM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: dtfranco]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7556
Loc: Fresno, CA
Good luck, DT! I see you were the one reporting the last trip report, from 2015.

As for Tulainyo Lake, it looks possible looking at the topo maps. I'd head over the ridge to the west-southwest to that little tarn/pond, and from there the ridge to the west doesn't look too difficult.

I've carried a backpack over Russell/Carillon pass (heading southward), so I know that part works.

I've always wondered if heading up the North Fork Lone Pine creek (the Mountaineers Route), and then heading up Carillon Creek from Lower Boy Scout might be easier than starting from Hogback. You sure start at a higher point! Good luck!

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#54103 - 08/16/18 08:50 PM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: Steve C]
dtfranco Offline


Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 7
Loc: So CAl
Thanks for the advice. We tried the Carillon Creek way once before, but couldn't figure out a way over the top. That said, we camped in a beautiful meadow most of the way up to to No-Name Lake up Carillon way. The trip was not wasted.

I have some unfinished business at the crash site. This may be my last time there.

Good luck on your next hike.

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#54140 - 08/27/18 02:56 PM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: Steve C]
pcieluch Offline


Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 35
Loc: duluth,mn
Can you circle the site on Google Earth? I would like to see the location. Thanks Steve.

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#54141 - 08/27/18 03:41 PM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: pcieluch]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7556
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: pcieluch
Can you circle the site on Google Earth? I would like to see the location. Thanks Steve.


Here's a Google Maps link. I think that is a wing.

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#54144 - 08/28/18 11:38 AM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: Steve C]
dtfranco Offline


Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 7
Loc: So CAl
Yep. There is another wing in the pic to the left.

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#54239 - 09/13/18 10:04 AM Re: Gambler's Special plane crash hike September 2018 [Re: dtfranco]
dtfranco Offline


Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 7
Loc: So CAl
Found a climbing partner! Getting to trailhead (there really is no trail) Wednesday night.

This will be a much more explorative trip, now that I have been there and have had a few years to think about what to do next time.

Will try to explore impact point, see more propellers (about 6 feet tall, 100 lbs or so each. We have seen 1 of the 6), explore the lower levels of the rock pile/current plane resting site, where small stuff has filtered down to.

I hope this fulfills my fascination with this site. The hike is so brutal.

Looking forward to the Mammoth lakes Oktoberfest when we climb down on Saturday.

:o)

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