Attempted with basic mountaineering course back in December 07. Avalanche conditions were iffy, so we ended up summiting the peaklet right next to it. Still had some great views.
I went with you on that trip in December. My roommate and I are heading back up toward Alta Peak Thanksgiving weekend for a few days. We're getting ready for a Rainier trip that we scheduled through RMI in March. Let me know if you are around that weekend...
Easy half day walk. Saw two bear cubs climbing around on a tree. I did wonder where mama bear was though. Views weren't great since it was so smokey.
weather, although the last mile or so sucked--it seemed like it was straight up......Really nice hike overall, though.
Three of us did Alta Peak from the the alta peak trail and then down the scree to Pear Lake. Took a dip in the lake and hiked back out via the Lakes trail. Long day, but really worth it!
Fun backpack to Alta Meadow with a Sierra Club group, then straight up to the peak.
Lots of snow on the trail in May. Requires route-finding
skills , especially if you continue to Moose Lake. I
would recommend a person to continue on to Moose Lake.
Allow plenty of time, and you won't be disappointed.
If the marmots find your sandwich, they won't be disappointed,
Led group of five (peter, pi-chuan, amanda, brad, and me) via pear lake with Stanford's Redwood Outdoors Club. Had thanksgiving dinner at pear lake (including freeze-dried turkey meals!). Just enough snow to make punching through in between boulders annoying.
The trail was a little crowded, but nice.
Started off as a solo hike, then had to turn around with the top of the peak in near sight due to thunderstorm approaching.
Continued a two-day cross-country trek from Mount Silliman, by way of the lower Tablelands, where there was a horde of miniature grasshoppers. After dropping down into the Kaweah valley to camp, it was up by lake-hopping to a ridge east of Pear Lake.
We followed the standard route southwest past the cliffs above Pear, then took a "shortcut" up a slippery class 2, maybe easy 3, chute on the north face of Alta's nearest northeast neighbor. Another stunning set of views, although a pack of persistent bumblebees drove us off the summit after lunch.
An option we scouted, but didn't try, was the ridge traverse from "Winter Alta" to Alta itself. On the west side of the col from Winter Alta south to an unnamed peak, my climbing buddy spied an easy green (grassy) chute leading up. Looking back from Alta's summit, the ridge traverse looked like a straightforward boulder scramble.
Late start + big sea level group = 8:30PM exit. Had fun camping at Lodgepole the prior night but nearly froze when the temperature dropped into the 20s. We started around 11AM and reached the summit at 4:30PM. Amazing view! This is one of the best day hikes in the area.
I came back for the Hump Trail to Pear Lake in July, 2007. Lots of backpackers (including a guy carrying a dufflebag in his arms) underestimated "The Hump," so be prepared. Will be back for an ascent of Alta from Pear Lake.
Camped overnight at Muhrten(spelling?) Meadow. Next morning we climbed up to the top, the first people in our group saw a black bear. Great views, good trail. Lots of little annoying bugs and such on the top. Great views, fun summer trip.
I started and finished in the Lodgepole campground, made for a long day. The descent through pear lake was fun.
It was a struggle but we made the summit on a stormy winter day in a white out. Well worth it as a winter summit.
After hiking to Alta meadow, made a scramble up the slopes to alta peak before bisecting with the trail leading to the summit. Nice views, was a good warm up for the half dome/clouds rest in a day a week later.
Same route, 2wk after my previous attempt. No issues this time thanks to beautiful weather. No register to be found, although hordes of marmots call the summit area home.
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!"