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tpdwrRoute Climbed: East slope & north ridge Date Climbed: October 9, 1980  Sucess!

tpdwr

From the powerline road west of Olancha. Up the slope and along a rocky ridge. Great fun!
Posted Sep 28, 2005 10:13 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: October, 1979  Sucess!

tiogap

long day hike
Posted Sep 8, 2005 10:57 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Sage Flat TH Date Climbed: 06/12/05  Sucess!

Guilty

I went looking for a group of hikers who went in the day before. I had no idea what trail they went on. I followed there tracks to the base of Olancha. Found them and visit with them for hour, and then proceeded to climb the mountain. NO snow on top, but a few patches here and there.
Posted Jun 14, 2005 7:00 pm

granite4brainsRoute Climbed: Sage Flat TH Date Climbed: 05/14/05  Sucess!

granite4brains

Day hiked from the Sage Flat TH. Considerable amounts of snow made for a long day. Great views and a nice day.
Posted May 18, 2005 2:42 pm

cbuelowRoute Climbed: Monache Meadows to the PCT Date Climbed: October 16, 2004  Sucess!

cbuelow

Reaching the trailhead is an adventure in and of itself. Drove in on the Monache Jeep Trail on Friday, camped along the South Fork Kern River and hiked up to the PCT on Saturday morning. Headed up the unmaintained trail through Cow Canyon, leaving from what is shown as Olivas Camp on some maps. Inadvertently hit the class 3 rock below the summit, close to the notch. Didn't see anyone all day until I ran into some deer hunters about a half mile from the trailhead. Only the third name in the summit register during October, and judging by the snow that started coming down about 12 hours after I left the summit, maybe the last of the season. A great adventure and a rewarding hike.
Posted Oct 19, 2004 7:03 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Sage Flat, PCT Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!
Posted Aug 2, 2004 2:12 pm

kenhalamaRoute Climbed: Sage Flat Road Trailhead Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!
A group of five climbed to the peak after spending the night at the wrangler camp located at the northwestern end of Summit Meadows. The spring at at the camp was little more than a trickle but was enough to provide water for two days of camping and hiking. Weather during the trip was fantastic! We only saw two other hikers on the trail the entire time.
Posted Aug 1, 2004 10:01 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Same as everyone else (from PCT, via Sage Flat TH) Date Climbed: May 28, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Had intended to hike around Yosemite today, but threatening weather forced a change of plans. So I drove south until conditions looked better, and found myself hiking up Olancha.



Unfortunately, the weather system also apparently moved south, leaving me with only a glimpse of views from amongst the clouds on the summit. It was a nice hike anyway, a bit under 9hrs CTC. The stretch of trail from Sage Flat up to Olancha Pass is quite scenic.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 2:12 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Sage Flat, then from PCT Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

forjan

A long day hike with mdostby, agorokhov, Steven Sauter and his friend Glen. Outstanding views from the summit. We had another unspoiled, sunny day in the California Sierras.
Posted May 24, 2004 1:34 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Sage Flat, From the PCT Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

mdostby

This is one long-ass day hike! Nice weather. Awesome views from the summit.
Posted May 23, 2004 3:32 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: From PCT Date Climbed: May 1997  Sucess!

RSN473

Climbed Olancha Cartago on a solo trip - suffered through bad weather
Posted Mar 4, 2004 6:15 pm

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Class 2 scramble from PCT Date Climbed: June 9, 2002  Sucess!

lidijagrazulis

Followed some misleading tracks and went off-trail a little too soon, only to find ourselves up on top of the peak just to the south of Olancha. Doh! So we begrudgingly scrambled back down the hill, then up to Olancha. Turned out to be a really long day... Great trip nonetheless!
Posted Feb 19, 2004 12:49 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Monache Meadows/PCT Date Climbed: 07/14/95  Sucess!

Guilty

Was in the area on a class field trip, so I decide to take a side trip to the summit. The high spring towards the top is one of the best water I have ever tasted.
Posted Oct 12, 2003 8:08 pm

sierragatorRoute Climbed: sage flat/pct Date Climbed: 6-1-03  Sucess!

sierragator

second time on olancha peak, weather was perfect;views were outstanding. Summit was crowded this time out.
Posted Jun 1, 2003 6:58 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: From the PCT Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

Dave K

I climbed Olancha two years ago. As I was headed down, another party was about to begin its ascent and planned to camp on the summit. Olancha would be a great place to summit camp, especially early in the season when snow is available, because it’s fairly flat and wouldn't be very difficult to climb with a light pack. Not much water in the area, so bring lots of water if you’re hiking later in the season.
Posted Oct 21, 2002 9:57 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Sage Flat to Summit via PCT Date Climbed: oct 12, 2002  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Dayhiked Olancha on 10/12/2002. This may have been a bit late in the year to attempt a long hike to Olancha, however the weather was great. Was in the dark (with flashlight) for 2 hours on the way down from the pass. Started a bit late at 7:45am. Last person to sign the summit register was Keith Richards over a month earlier. Even though most of the trail is dusty powder, I was thinking this was a bit easier than Whitney until that last long scramble over the rocks up to the top. Took 7.5 hrs to reach the summit (from Sage Flat) and 4.5 hrs back. Saw only 4 people the entire day (3 of which were hunters). Had a great sunset!
Posted Oct 15, 2002 10:11 pm

sierragatorRoute Climbed: sage flat to summit from east side via pct Date Climbed: May 4, 2002  Sucess!

sierragator

Summited in 6 hours, only patchy snow. RT in 11 hours. Had the place to myself. Spectacular views!
Posted May 5, 2002 7:57 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: From the PCT via Sage Flat TH Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2001  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This was day 10 of the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. 5hr to the summit, 8h45m roundtrip. The section below Olancha Pass was very dry and hot. Not recommended for an August outing! Above that was much nicer, though only a trickle of water was to be found in one of the high meadows.



Tremendous views though, and spent 1/2 hour on top enjoying it.
Posted Aug 21, 2001 10:26 pm

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