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boisedocfrom Sonora Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1998


Nice hike from the pass.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 5:45 am

cjrandallTake the nordwand!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2006


Made the mistake of following Gary Suttle's suggestion to just climb right up the southwest slope through the neverending volcanic scree. I must have come up the steepest part, ha! It was a miserable slog, and I recommend against it highly. With the angle somewhere aroung 30-40% in places, and very loose, it was tough to climb that 600 feet, slipping a couple feet every couple steps. Definitely class 2 climbing here.

Should have come to SummitPost first. There is a very nice use trail that ascends very sensibly up the more reasonably-sloped northwest slopes from the saddle to the summit. I used this use trail to descend, and was VERY easy to follow back to the sloping plateau between the peak and Saint Marys Pass.

Trip down was refreshing and easy. Weather was a bit blustery for this time of the year, had to bust out my winter shell and gloves at Saint Marys Pass. Views from the summit were absolutely amazing, with sweeping views in ALL directions! Very clear skies.

Got in the car and drove to Lone Pine immediately afterward and began a hike up to Cottonwood Lakes for an attempt the next day on Mount Langley.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 4:52 am

birdheadSt. Mary's Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006


Only spent 10 seconds on the summit due to an impending lightning storm. Nice hike with Jess, Taya, Ryan, and Arron.
Posted Jun 27, 2006 2:10 am

Matt WorsterFrom St. Mary's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005

Matt Worster

on the way over to Stanislaus
Posted Mar 15, 2006 8:32 pm

SawtoothSeanRest Stop Part 2
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1999


Leavitt on the way to the Sister-In Laws house, Snora on the return trip. Limited time allowance forced me to go very fast. Nothing like the PCT- best trail in the world!
Posted Feb 21, 2006 6:49 am

bearbnzSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005


Hiked this peak with my 8-year-old son via the South Ridge from the top of Sonora Pass at the Mono-Alpine county line. He enjoyed his first 11er, and he's looking forward to a 12er soon.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 4:51 am

mtldrinstrDate Climbed: November 2002  Sucess!


Nasty Snowy day
Posted Jan 30, 2006 11:20 pm

chskierRoute Climbed: St. Mary's Pass Date Climbed: August 27, 2005  Sucess!


Nice quick early morning hike.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 5:12 pm

Eric LRoute Climbed: Saint Marys Pass Date Climbed: 13 Aug 2005  Sucess!

Eric L

My dog(Ginger) and I did this on the way to Stanislaus. Nice short hike. We made it to about 500 feet of the summit of Stanislaus when the thunder and lighting started to get crazy. I will go back and get Stanislaus in Sept and start early.
Posted Aug 14, 2005 12:28 am

thebeave7Route Climbed: Saint Marys Pass Date Climbed: June 29th, 2005  Sucess!


3rd time up this route, much different conditions. 50% snow coverage the entire way, with drifts up to 5ft deep. More snow than I've ever seen this time of year, parking lot still snowed in. Beautiful sunrise.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 3:22 am

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: St. Mary's Pass Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

En route to Stanislaus Peak.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 3:45 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Kinda made something up from 108 Date Climbed: June 4, 2005  Sucess!
Very nice mountain that isn't very hard. It's a perfect early-season warm-up climb, especially when covered with snow.

The views are outstanding, spanning from Round Top to the White Mountains, Ritter and Banner, and Lyell.
Posted Jun 4, 2005 7:43 pm

RenoBobRoute Climbed: PCT from Carson Pass Date Climbed: August 7,  Sucess!
Short hike of 2+ miles with over 2000 ft. of gain. great views of the Eastern Sierra.
Posted May 10, 2005 6:20 pm

SgtSargeRoute Climbed: St. Mary's Trailhead & Sonora Pass Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


I use this summit as a training peak for future hikes. I try to do this one at least once a year from either trialheads. I also try to introduce people to peakbagging with this peak..
Posted Jan 19, 2005 12:32 am

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: Saint Marys Pass Date Climbed: May 2004  Sucess!


Nice day hike from Saint Marys Pass. Didn't see a single person until back at the car. Great conditions - just a little snow here and there - otherwise a fine use trail all the way to the top. Quite windy on the final ridge / summit.
Posted Jul 23, 2004 3:38 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Standard from St. Mary's Pass Date Climbed: 18 July, 2004  Sucess!


Don't know if I'd drive from Sac the morning of to do this again (at least w/o doing any of the neighboring peaks as well), but it was still a hoot.

Leaving the TH @ 15.06, we adopted a leisurely pace. The wildflowers we saw en route were amazing- seemingly everywhere, & all colors of the rainbow! The views of the peaks around there (esp. the northern Yosemite mountains, as well as the funky volcanic ones particular to that region of the Sierra) were great. Too bad we didn't have more time to bag some more peaks... Summited @ 17.04. We enjoyed some chips and beer on top, & got in some quality summit time.

Taking off @ 18.21, we enjoyed amazing views of Leavitt Peak basking in the rays of the setting sun, & saw some deer. Reached the TH @ 19.58.

Another great day in the Sierra!
Posted Jul 19, 2004 1:57 pm

daveheadRoute Climbed: St. Mary's Pass Date Climbed: 7/5/04  Sucess!
A beautiful day. Started about 11am, took my time and summited about 1:30. I felt like a mountain goat he last 600 ft or so, pretty steep. I finished up as a few thuderheads were building nearby. A great half day hike to reach a peak.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 1:59 am

JonodoRoute Climbed: St. Mary's Pass Date Climbed: June 4, 2004  Sucess!


Awesome views from the top. The day was super clear. I could see all the way to Mt. Diablo (very, very distant). There was still a fair amount of snow to the south into Yosemite and on Leavitt Peak. Conditions on the approach were summer like. Scree, scree and more scree. Not a single skeeter!! Solo.
Posted Jun 4, 2004 10:34 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: St. Marys pass Date Climbed: June 2, 2004  Sucess!


A beautiful day in a beautiful area. We had the whole mountain to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed the perfect weather we were gifted. A little snow but the trail was mostly snow free.
Posted Jun 4, 2004 12:08 am

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Pacific Crest Trail -- County Line Direct Variant Date Climbed: 18 April 2004  Sucess!


Saw this peak was listed as a must-do for "peak bagging neophytes" plus it's the county high point for Alpine county, so I had to get busy. Sonora Pass was closed, adding a "scenic" 4 mile walk up 108 (I like to call it the Great Nation of RGreene's Highway 108 because that road was all mine!) in near white out conditions. Thanks CA weather for breaking this particular weekend. Camped at some trailhead just west of the pass (trailhead sign was buried under snow), did a "long" (4 hours) route involving no topo's and no GPS waypoints -- just line of sight to the highest peak, and requiring crampons (for the entire trip) and ice axe (for a traverse across a paticularly steep face). Weather was brutal -- high winds and super cold (my water bottles haven't melted yet after the 7 hour drive home) but crystal clear after the night of infamy. Not much snow to posthole in, it was all windswept and icy. Anyway, got to the top, enjoyed the gunnery seargent nest, tried to dig out the summit register in the 4 feet of snow inside the nest, gave up because I was about to get frostbite, and took 30 minutes to get back to the trailhead. CA COHP #19.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 10:02 pm

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