lots of snow on the last 500 ft to the summit.
Hiked this on a beautiful day via Panther Gap, Alta Peak Trail. No bugs at all. Saw one deer and a bear.
Knocked this out as a relatively easy dayhike with Jason and Jon. Great views from the trail and the summit...
Very fun and enjoyable winter ascents.
Nice dayhike. Incredible views.
added in Panther Peak and got to 12' overhang on Tharp's Rock
Camped at Mehrton(spelling?) Meadow where my new stove exploded! Awesome view!
We hit this one NewYork style.There was much virgin snow all over so we had to blaze our own path to the summit.After reaching the wrong peak we had to double back and reclimb making our day an 8000ft day with over 18 miles of hiking.According to the logbook,we were the first there in almost a months time.It was a great hike and an exceptional summit
Snowcamped at Pear Lake. Beautiful day, good snow conditions. Short but fun third class scrambling in crampons.
Also did it in Jan 2007 via Pear Lake, and Dec 2004 via Tharpe Rock gully.
Summited as part of an overnight backcountry ski/snowboard trip. There's a sweet 3-person snow cave at 36.60315N, 118.66838W. Might last until the next storm.
Fun day and still the highest peak I've climbed, thus I post. Compelled to shatter that record this year, barring unforeseen circumstances!
After our road trip we were on a high (or at least I was), and we decided to up the ante by climbing our first 11,000 ft peak. We were greeted by the usual suspects...those cute, furry, somewhat annoying marmots.
Part of a loop trip to visit Alta Meadow and Peak, Moose and Pear Lakes.
Our trail led us up to through Panther Pass and then around Tharps Rock to the summit. We continued down from Alta Peak to Pear Lake, Aster Lake, Emerald Lake, Heather Lake, the Watchtower, and then down to Wolverton which is where we parked. The trip was between 15-17 miles with an elevation gain between 4000 and 5000 feet, and it took us about 11 hours to complete the loop trip.
Great way to start 2009 backpacking and summit the next day. Trail sometimes hard to follow from Panther Gap to camp at Mehrteh Meadow with the snow- and very enjoyable trip.
This was our first attempt this season and the snow proved to stop us just short of the summit. Beautiful views this time of the year and well worth it, just be ready for some slushy snow and slippery spots on the way. We were approx. 528 feet from the summit but the snow was too thin and we opted to stop rather than risking falling through a weak spot.
Nice easy climb with Gordon after driving up from LA. About 7 hours round trip with lunch. Amazing snow capped view up top.
Got to love the view from Alta Peak!
Fine views of the Great Western D.!
Camped at the edge of the beautiful Alta meadow. Summited with great visibility -- could see Whitney. The views from the top makes me want to visit the Kaweahs.