Made it to within 100' vertical feet of the summit. Engulfed in fog bank & clouds. Combined with the snow on the ground, this made it impossible to find the true summit blocks. Visibility was near 0 in all directions. I had to follow my own footsteps out.
Figured I had to do this one seeing as everyone else I know has done it. Turned out to be pretty nice on top despite some ominous looking clouds. Hiked it with Rob O who was willing to skip climbing to do this hike.....again!
You and Rob should have gone exploring over at Tharps...."location, location, location!"
Hiked with Allen (kngalaric). Despite my 50+ hour work week, I decided it would be a great idea to wake up at 3:30am on Saturday and take a day trip up to Alta Peak. Besides the last 2 miles, the hike itself isn't that hard but I was TIRED and dreaded the hike down! Some stomach issues on top of it kind of turned it into torture! The drive back was a battle too! And the day after I worked from noon to 6:30pm. Labor day deserves its name this year!
But... other than that :), it's a great peak with awesome views. I took a lot of pictures of peaks I have yet to figure out what their names are. Allen also posted a trip report:
Bruno, Chrissy and I went for another mad Sierra dash. Drive from SoCal, leave at 4AM, hike, summit, return to sender. All in all a great day.
Day trip from the Bay Area - so beautiful! Was slipping, sliding & sloshing for the final mile since I have no snow technique. Couldn't find the register - probably hidden by the hungry looking marmots at the peak!
Met up with my mom to bag her first peak. She did it. So proud of her... Now to get her on rock...
Totally fun hike that was my first summit! We took the Alta trail all the way.
Took my wife and a friend this time. We camped at Pear Lake and then did Alta cross country from Pear Lake the next day. It only took two and a half to three hours at a relaxed pase and most of the climbing was very easy. Only one section was a bit of loose class 3. If you want to do the loop like we did, I definately recommend ascending from pear Lake rather than the Alta Pk trail because coming down the Alta Pk Trail is much more enjoyable than going up it like I did my first time up Alta. I wish we had brought axes because there was still plenty of snow up there to do some snow climbing which would have been even more fun!
Went with my wife on Labor Day. Fun...and easy.
Left the car at Wolverton and camped in a boulder field 2,000 feet below summit. Awesome sunset and freezing temps at night. The summit block was really cool and the views of seemingly endless Sierra peaks were amazing.
Solid snow around Panther Gap, and solid again after Muhrton Meadows. Left the trail and slogged up the west gully instead. Snow's good that way. Clouds obscured most of the views, but the few we caught looked amazing.
I climbed Alta Peak the week after I climbed Mt. Silliman. The trail is not too difficult until the last part where it is sandy. The views of the Great Western Divide and the wildflowers along the way are outstanding!
Back for the second time that year. Great hike again.
The whole area was covered in snow and the trail was very hard to find sometimes. We eventually made it to the peak. Absolutely beautiful views of the Sierras from the summit.
Great hike and relatively easy.
Climbed with DeeDee. We started just a few minutes past 7:00AM from Wolverton. Hiked a leisurely pace. Took a snack break at Panther Gap and then another break at the trail junction of Alta Peak & Alta Meadow trails. Then, we went up Tharp's Rock gully (this is a very broad gully due west of Tharp's Rock itself) and on to the summit. Had to put crampons for the last 30 feet to the summit as there was a hard icy layer beneath the 6" of snow. Summited at noon. Fantastic weather (sunny, clear, cobalt blue skies & not even a breeze). Had lunch below the summit and started down at 12:37PM. Back at Wolverton at 3:40PM.
The beauty of the Alta Peak trail was indeed something to be thankful for. It was a cool start at about 8:30 a.m. in the forest leaving Wolverton, but the day turned out warm and clear with outstanding views. Shorts and a short sleeve shirt were comfortable even at the summit as the wind was almost nonexistant. Best of all, I was back to the in laws place in Visalia by 3:00 p.m. in time to clean up and enjoy a tasty and replenishing Thanksgiving dinner in good company. I doubt I will be able to top this Thanksgiving Day, but I at least hope to equal it many times over.
Gorgeous Fall day. Panoramic view, could see many peaks including Ritter/Banner, Whitney, Black Kaweah and many more. There was a fire in Mineral King. A great place to be on Columbus Day!
Enjoyable hike from wolverton, didn't see anyone from Panther gap up and had the summit to myself for almost an hour. Fantastic views- makes me want to explore the great western divide more. I could also see many of the crest peaks- Whitney, the palisades, Darwin, Goddard, Banner and Ritter and many others. About a 7hr round trip.