After seeing the big trees, I looked at the trail map and decided this was the only place I needed to go. I've only climbed one mountain in almost a year and a half, so it was good to get back to the high country. The weather was much different than Feb. climbing in the Northwest! Warm and sunny with only patches of snow. Soon after the 2.1 mile sign, I made it to the open meadow and the slope leading up to the summit ridge. Easy terrain to a spectacular view. Highly recommended.
I can see why Alta is so popular... the summit is more elevated than it looks from below, and give a wonderful soaring feeling. Summit registers (plural) were chock full, but the ammo box has rusted through in the water-filled granite pothole where it's been placed. Was glad to get an hour on the summit with a very congenial bunch before the gasping hordes came up the trail.
Weather was outstanding, but smog continued to fill up the valley until you couldn't see the bottom.
Climbed from Pear Lake to the saddle near "Winter Alta Peak". My buddy Mike Chen made it to the summit, while I descended with my friend Todd who experienced a serious anxiety attack.
Late season climb on a beautiful day. Views were superb.
The trail to the summit also went through some grand forests and meadows full of wildflowers.
Tremendous views from the summit! Pretty busy on the trail and on top. Visited the nearby General Sherman Tree afterwards back in the land of paved trails and selfie sticks.
Very popular peak, I counted at least 8 entries in the summit register before mine on this holiday weekend. On descent I hit Panther Peak and then cross country back to Wolverton. This was a most enjoyable hike.
During late summer 2015, I was staying in the area with a friend an we decided to hike up some of the mountains in the park. Alta Peak was a very nice but also very long day hike from Wolverton. The hike itself is not very difficult and no climbing skills are required to reach the summit.
Nice hike but for the mosquitos down low. Great views from a good Class2 introductory summit block.
A good walk, up a nice peak. Great views!
Hiked solo from Wolverton President's day weekend, took about 3 hours to summit. Trail is in good shape, little bit of snow before Panther gap but nothing troubling. More snow after the split for the summit trail, and then the last 700 or so vertical feet were covered. Hiked the snow field without crampons or snowhshoes, just followed someone elses tracks and used the exposed granite to get to the top. Gorgeous day, gorgeous views. First time up this peak and it was a ton of fun. first real "winter" climb but winter conditions certainly weren't prevailing.
Fun hike as part of a backpack. With full packs. And lots of bees.
Awesome views 360 degrees. Only three others attempted the summit on this day.
Very enjoyable climb, great views from the summit. Insects were particularly bad that day but weren't a problem as long as you kept moving
Joined YK and a handful of other Bay Area folks for a day trip. Gorgeous weather. My first peak over 4000ft and my first introduction to altitude sickness :(
Post holed the last 1000ft, but the view was worth it!
It may be spring on the calendar but this was a winter climb. Snow, with a few breaks, all the way from 1 mile out of Wolverton. On the upper half, no sign of a trail and no tracks so freestyled the route. Straight up the southwest face. Crampons for the last several hundred feet as snow conditions varied. Warm temperatures for the day lower on the mountain melted off significant amounts of snow just in the course of the day, the trail will be dusty before long.
Solo hike last October on a beautiful clear day. Only saw a couple other people the whole day, mostly at the summit. I plan on coming back this summer & bringing the family this time.
Solo from camp above the hut. Busy area, snow levels are low for this time of year. There was a crevasse at about 10K level, easy to miss especially if you are skiing, better to stay in the main chute (closer to the hut).