ApproachThis is perhaps the most scenic route to Notch Peak, but the access road used to be rough. As of May 2, 2015, SP member EKassan says the road is not in good condition, with only a few places that may stop passenger cars.
From mile post 46 along Highway 50, drive on the gravel road north all the way north to the former Highway 50. Turn left (west) on the former Highway 50 and follow it for 4 miles. If you reach the high voltage powerlines, you overshot the distance by 0.25 miles.
Turn left (SW) and drive the rough road up North Canyon. The road is suitable for 4WDs only. Drive as far as you can and park next to some big granite towers.
Route DescriptionSimply hike up to the north ridge and follow it to the summit of Notch. This is a very scenic route. You will pass by huge granite pinnacles and will have the huge cliffs (thousands of feet) dropping off to the west.
We did encounter a little bushwacking and scrambling as there was no trail in the 1990's when we climbed it, but there were no major obstacles. As of 2015, there is now a trail along much of the ridge.
There are a few areas where you will pass through areas of bristlecone pines, the oldest trees in the world.
There is some scrambling near the end and the views are incredible. Enjoy the views from one of the most spectacular mountains in the United States.
Essential GearA good pair of boots is needed. Don't forget your camera!
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