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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

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: October 31, 2004  Sucess!


This year climbed with Vendulka. Great day, no people, clouds below us.
Posted Nov 2, 2004 12:56 am

wmollandRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: 9-9-04  Sucess!


First hiking I did since knee surgery on June 17. Hiked in 4 miles to Mehrten Meadow and then up to the summit the next day. Nice views all around this area. Unfortunately even at 8:30 in the morning the thunder clouds were rolling in so I couldn't stay on top for long. This is a nice peak in a great area. Great to get back out there!
Posted Sep 10, 2004 11:27 pm

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: 31 July 2004  Sucess!


The first time I tried this in March, it smacked me around in a "try these 5 foot deep postholes" kinda way. I returned for revenge. Started hiking at 3pm, summitted at 6:30pm, return to car at 8:30pm. Got lost in Fresno, but eventually made it home. Glad to take one off the "failed to summit" list!
Posted Aug 1, 2004 4:45 am

birdheadRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!


A great hike as an afternoon sidetrip after backpacking at Bearpaw Meadow.
Posted Feb 4, 2004 4:32 pm

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: 01 September 2002  Sucess!

Day Hiker

Posted Dec 27, 2003 11:23 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: December 21, 2003  Sucess!


Have not met a single person - just loved it!

Good snow from Alta Meadow all the way up.

Fantastic weather - sunny and clouds lingering in the valleys below...
Posted Dec 23, 2003 12:05 pm

Gangolf HaubRoute Climbed: Trail from Wolverton Date Climbed: July 1990 / September 1998  Sucess!

Gangolf Haub

Summit reached but only on the second trip in 1998. It's a very pretty hike but in the end gets rather exhausting (having to climb approx. 1500m). In the end you have perfect views to the Sierra and - if you are lucky and the smog clears - down to Los Angeles
Posted Nov 17, 2003 8:22 am

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: The Bob Burd Loop (3rd / 4th class) Date Climbed: 26 Oct 2003  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Did the "Bob Burd Loop Trip" from Wolverton, up to Alta and down to Pear Lake via a 4th class chute near the summit and then down some 3rd class slabs to Pear Lake. Total time, trailhead-to-trailhead: 6 hours and 50 minutes. See Bob Burd's summit log entry below for the trip report.
Posted Oct 28, 2003 11:31 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Trail from Wolverton Date Climbed: July 11, 2003  Sucess!

Rick Kent

A nice dayhike with good views of the Great Western Divide. Got eaten alive by the mosquitos in the meadows though. There was a ferocious marmot at the summit that was rushing at people probably trying to scare them into dropping some food.
Posted Oct 9, 2003 3:21 pm

guna15Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 10th, 2003  Sucess!
Great hike!. Started at 6.30am and reached summit at 10.40am. There is just another guy at the summit. stayed about an hour at the summit and enjoyed the views. It was a perfect day for hiking.
Posted Aug 11, 2003 5:37 pm

cartaleRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: 10/15/01  Sucess!


My first solo peak hike. I completed it in 8 1/2 hours. I am hooked for life!
Posted Jan 13, 2003 8:38 pm

mountaineer17Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: Summer, 2001  Sucess!


Great Climb, not very challenging, but beautiful scenery. Also, great view of the lakes and waterfalls.
Posted Dec 1, 2002 3:21 pm

kullabergRoute Climbed: regular Date Climbed: apr 89  Sucess!


first sierra peak.
Posted Nov 28, 2002 9:25 am

jonathancampRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: November 9th, 2002  Sucess!


What a beautiful day to be climbing on! It was a day after the first big storm to hit northern california so the trail was covered in snow after the first two miles or so. We lost the trail shortly after the last trail sign (2.1 miles to the peak). With out the trail we ended up picking our own route up farther to the west. The view from the top (maybe a half a mile down the ridge) was awesome! We made the ridge by 1:45pm pm and were back in the parking lot by 4:15pm.
Posted Nov 10, 2002 9:10 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: Late May 2002  Sucess!
This was a nice climb. There was still quite a bit of snow when, which probably made the route more interesting. Certainly, the glissade down the chute was a blast! I loved all the gnarled foxtail pines. The weather was mostly cloudy, so some of the summit’s sweeping view were limited.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 1:12 pm

butterflywings73Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: August 18, 2002


We came in late Friday night, and had to check in at the Campground (Lodgepole) and proceeded to the trailhead. Along the way, we ran into a Momma bear and her cubs, a deer, and lots of lizards. We climbs until we could see the summit, but at 10,500 feet we were extremely exhausted!!!! We only had 0.5 miles to go, but nearly 800 feet in elevation to ascend. I would really like to do it again, and this time reach the top!!!
Posted Sep 8, 2002 7:55 pm

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