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xharvClass 1 all the way from Sonora Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2016


A pleasant and not boring at all, class-1 hike from Sonora Pass to the summit. It took me about six hours car-to-car. It is class-1 all the way if you find a use trail from PCT near Latopie Lake. Trip report.
Posted Oct 21, 2016 11:07 am

dakineSonora Pass to Leavitt
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2016
Met lots of people on the trail, imposing looking summit but just a class 1 trail up the ridge
Posted Aug 4, 2016 9:27 pm

DebSE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2016


Relatively mundane hike but happy to scope out snow fields for an August ski.
Posted Jul 23, 2016 11:02 am

fedak3 summits  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013


Blue Canyon Route in 2003: here

PCT South from Sonora Pass in 2010 and 2013
Posted Jan 3, 2016 4:39 pm

ScottHansonfrom Sonora Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2015


Day 4 Sierra Challenge alternative peak. Flat football field on top!
Posted Aug 30, 2015 6:47 pm

CameronGroundNE Ridge from Sardine Meadow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2015


Decided to climb one of those cool looking peaks that I knew nothing of but had often seen off the road while driving over Sonora Pass, on my way back to the Bay Area from a trip to the S Fork Big Pine (120 closed due to Walker Fire). The peak that caught my eye was actually 11260, from Sardine Meadow, its crumbly looking volcanic summit ridge looking nothing like the Palisades where I'd spent the past few days. I had no idea if I'd be able to reach the summit, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Headed up past Sardine Falls (which I had also never really noticed before) and up Peak 11245, where I discovered Leavitt standing higher behind my original objective, with a nice looking ridge connecting the two. Also realized at this point that I could have more easily taken the PCT, but oh well the cross country was fine. Continued up 11260, the ridge got a bit knifey near the top, so opted for the summit wall on the W side instead of testing my luck above the shear east face. Then finally onto the NE Ridge of Leavitt with some class 3 here and there, with fine views to the S and a nice drop off to the N. If it weren't for the lakes and views south to Hoover Wilderness granite, I could've thought I was in Death Valley NP with the volcanic terrain, particularly the gnarly looking hoodoo canyons down the cliffs. Overall a very fun day in a different part of the Sierra than most are probably used to.
Posted Aug 18, 2015 2:48 am

cabFrom Sonora Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014


After a morning climb of Sonora and Stanislaus, I hiked Leavitt Peak from Sonora Pass. There were lots of people on the PCT, but the views from Leavitt more than made up for the crowds. I took the direct route back to Sonora Pass rather than following the PCT all the way. This was a great descent route along a very clear use trail that saves lots of time and distance.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 1:39 pm

colinrPCT Sonora Pass   Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2014


I spent the afternoon admiring views that were a mix of snow, desolate terrain, and endless High Sierra peaks to the southeast. I started with my dogs from my car camp spot east of Sonora Pass, meeting up with the PCT at the wilderness boundary sign atop the ridge, and then continuing to Leavitt Peak. After returning along the PCT to the boundary signs, we continued on what we could find of the PCT descent to Sonora Pass in the snow, enjoying some fun glissades.
Posted May 29, 2014 3:37 pm

AceSierra108  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011


From 108, took the trail up, and the "climbers shortcut" back. Found some cool mineral covered rocks near the summit.
Posted Aug 8, 2013 5:57 pm

trexkerryWarm up for Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013
Came up via the PCT, was pleasantly surprised by the great views from the top. The many patchy snowfield crossings on the PCT were annoying, but an easy outing and slog up the scree field to the top. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=91
Posted Jun 16, 2013 7:03 pm

Capt BrewsterLeavitt.... Again!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2012

Capt Brewster

One more time! Probably my fourth ascent of Leavitt over the past 20 years; with a friend this time. We launched from the Sonora Pass trail head on the PCT. After a short distance we went off-trail, scrambling up the spine of the ridge. then followed the spine southbound until we met the PCT again. It's always a fabulous experience to Leavitt and back. This day was typically brilliant. We stayed on the PCT for the entire return. Cheers!
Posted Mar 12, 2013 11:05 am

Vic Hansonvia PCT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2012

Vic Hanson

Hiked up from Sonora Pass on the PCT.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 11:14 pm

seanoMorning jaunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012


I climbed it from the PCT at Sonora Pass. There is a decent use trail to tame the hellish volcanic rubble.
Posted Sep 30, 2012 3:09 pm

ScrambledLeggsPCT Ascent  Sucess!


I climbed Leavitt as a side trip during my 2012 thru hike.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 7:51 pm

labglovesBeautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012


We were the second party to summit in July of 2012. This is a popular peak for a reason, easy access off of an excellent section of the PCT from Sonora Pass.
Posted Jul 2, 2012 10:27 am

LincolnBLeavitt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2011


A nice quick hike with great views. Wind was so strong near the summit I almost turned back, but wound up getting there by walking in a crouch and sitting out the worst of the gusts.

A new summit register had been placed just four days before by James Barlow and Heath Wilhoit of the SPS section. Thanks guys!
Posted Oct 3, 2011 9:58 am

hgrapidPerfect weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


Got a group of 9 up to the summit. Hiked with Pacific Crest Peak.
Great weather. Still some small patches of snow on the PCT, but overall, it was clear.
Posted Sep 5, 2011 12:57 am

hightineraryLove It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2010


A very pleasant stroll down the PCT from Sonora Pass. I hope to return.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 5:11 pm

mengboeast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011


still lots of snow for the first mile. took 7 hours for the round trip (4 hours up, 3 hours down).
Posted Jun 27, 2011 12:55 am

bc44caesarY Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2011


Skinned up Blue Canyon then on to the north face of Leavitt. Cramponed up the couloir and met with high winds at the summit. Awesome ski descent down the couloir and then back to the car, although it gets a little flat in spots. The couloir is 40 degrees max at the top, and mostly 35 I'd say.
Posted Jun 17, 2011 12:19 pm

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