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mjrangelx2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


Took my wife and a friend this time. We camped at Pear Lake and then did Alta cross country from Pear Lake the next day. It only took two and a half to three hours at a relaxed pase and most of the climbing was very easy. Only one section was a bit of loose class 3. If you want to do the loop like we did, I definately recommend ascending from pear Lake rather than the Alta Pk trail because coming down the Alta Pk Trail is much more enjoyable than going up it like I did my first time up Alta. I wish we had brought axes because there was still plenty of snow up there to do some snow climbing which would have been even more fun!
Posted Jul 23, 2006 8:24 pm

mrjdobbsBeen there, Done that.  Sucess!


Went with my wife on Labor Day. Fun...and easy.
Posted May 9, 2006 3:03 pm

Quadaxial10/08/05  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005


Left the car at Wolverton and camped in a boulder field 2,000 feet below summit. Awesome sunset and freezing temps at night. The summit block was really cool and the views of seemingly endless Sierra peaks were amazing.
Posted Apr 16, 2006 7:06 pm

Matt Worsterlimited views :-(  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2005

Matt Worster

Solid snow around Panther Gap, and solid again after Muhrton Meadows. Left the trail and slogged up the west gully instead. Snow's good that way. Clouds obscured most of the views, but the few we caught looked amazing.
Posted Mar 30, 2006 8:48 pm

tarolRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


I climbed Alta Peak the week after I climbed Mt. Silliman. The trail is not too difficult until the last part where it is sandy. The views of the Great Western Divide and the wildflowers along the way are outstanding!
Posted Feb 9, 2006 1:38 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!


Back for the second time that year. Great hike again.
Posted Jan 1, 2006 4:13 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 26, 2002  Sucess!


The whole area was covered in snow and the trail was very hard to find sometimes. We eventually made it to the peak. Absolutely beautiful views of the Sierras from the summit.
Posted Jan 1, 2006 4:08 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 27, 2001  Sucess!


Great hike and relatively easy.
Posted Jan 1, 2006 4:04 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail to Tharp's Rock gully Date Climbed: December 10, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with DeeDee. We started just a few minutes past 7:00AM from Wolverton. Hiked a leisurely pace. Took a snack break at Panther Gap and then another break at the trail junction of Alta Peak & Alta Meadow trails. Then, we went up Tharp's Rock gully (this is a very broad gully due west of Tharp's Rock itself) and on to the summit. Had to put crampons for the last 30 feet to the summit as there was a hard icy layer beneath the 6" of snow. Summited at noon. Fantastic weather (sunny, clear, cobalt blue skies & not even a breeze). Had lunch below the summit and started down at 12:37PM. Back at Wolverton at 3:40PM.
Posted Dec 12, 2005 6:14 pm

SeanReedyRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: November 24, 2005  Sucess!


The beauty of the Alta Peak trail was indeed something to be thankful for. It was a cool start at about 8:30 a.m. in the forest leaving Wolverton, but the day turned out warm and clear with outstanding views. Shorts and a short sleeve shirt were comfortable even at the summit as the wind was almost nonexistant. Best of all, I was back to the in laws place in Visalia by 3:00 p.m. in time to clean up and enjoy a tasty and replenishing Thanksgiving dinner in good company. I doubt I will be able to top this Thanksgiving Day, but I at least hope to equal it many times over.
Posted Nov 27, 2005 3:34 pm

HiketothetopRoute Climbed: Standard Route from Wolverton TH Date Climbed: October 10, 2005  Sucess!
Gorgeous Fall day. Panoramic view, could see many peaks including Ritter/Banner, Whitney, Black Kaweah and many more. There was a fire in Mineral King. A great place to be on Columbus Day!
Posted Oct 12, 2005 10:43 am

Brian FrederickRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: october 6, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Frederick

Enjoyable hike from wolverton, didn't see anyone from Panther gap up and had the summit to myself for almost an hour. Fantastic views- makes me want to explore the great western divide more. I could also see many of the crest peaks- Whitney, the palisades, Darwin, Goddard, Banner and Ritter and many others. About a 7hr round trip.
Posted Oct 10, 2005 4:58 pm

auroraRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: September 11th 2005  Sucess!


We did the hike from Wolverine parking lot in about 7 hours for the whole round trip. There was a ceiling during the way up, but when we reached the summit the clouds just started to give way.... Amazing view

Thomas Bahr, San Diego
Posted Oct 5, 2005 8:32 pm

mparkerRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: September 18, 2004  Sucess!


Wondrous views via the Panther Gap and from top of Alta Peak. A real butt-kicker the final 2 miles (2,000 ft) to reach the summit but well worth it. Took a nice side trip to serene Alta Meadows on the way down (junction right before you start final ascent). Numerous marmots afoot in this meadow! Definitely a highlight as no one else was in the meadow and and a light afternoon shower was blowing across the divide.
Posted Sep 29, 2005 12:41 am

bbirtleRoute Climbed: Normal Route from Parking Lot Date Climbed: Oct 16, 1998  Sucess!


Went with three good friends and made for a great time out. Hiked up to 10,000ft and camped there on day one -- continued to the summit on day two and return to the road. Excellent weather.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:29 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: Normal Route (via Panther Pass) Date Climbed: Nov 9, 1997  Sucess!


Good climb both times, albeit a little longish for us beginners. Climbing in a single long day from the parking lot, camped at the designated 10,000m spot and returned the next morning. Pushing time a little, with sunset on the decent and a little trouble finding our tent with our Wal-Mart flashlights. Packed up Subway footlong subs instead of bothering with gas and a stove which turned out to be a GREAT idea... Mmm... mayonaise salami and cheese...
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:07 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: X-country to Red Fir Mdw, trail, Tharps Rock Gully Date Climbed: April 2, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Kent

This was quite a strenuous day. Snow was soft -- especially in the afternoon. Used snowshoes and broke trail most of the way. Brought and used crampons a couple of times but should have just stayed with the snowshoes all the way. There were no signs that anyone had gone beyond Panther Gap. Terrain past Panther Gap and before Mehrten Mdw was difficult due to steepness and very soft/deep snow. With all the snow the view from the summit was awesome.
Posted Apr 4, 2005 12:46 pm

onandupwardsRoute Climbed: alta peak trail Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!


running ascent for the final 500', that is until I came upon the spire
Posted Feb 21, 2005 1:18 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Alta Peak trail, return via Pear Lake Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Warmup hike for North Guard/Brewer the next day. Clouds were gathering over the Great Western Divide even by 9am, limiting the views. Pear Lake was quite pretty.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 11:24 pm

ncfittonRoute Climbed: Alta Trail Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2004  Sucess!


Excellent snow cover down to 8000', patchy below that. We camped at 9300' under the South Face of Tharps Rock, bagged the summit in the morning via the standard trail, then glissaded down the gully from Tharps back to our camp. Recommend crampons for the summit blocks, very icy. Snowshoes or skis required for the approach.
Posted Nov 16, 2004 12:08 am

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