Alta Peak Climber's Log

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skotty - Feb 20, 2007 5:39 am Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2007

in a whiteout  Sucess!

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.


cthomson - Dec 29, 2006 6:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

impromptu climb  Sucess!

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.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Dec 5, 2006 7:35 pm

Re: Nice View

You and Rob should have gone exploring over at Tharps...."location, location, location!"

mlarkin2002 - Oct 10, 2006 3:36 am Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2004

Second Try  Sucess!

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.

mlarkin2002 - Oct 10, 2006 3:35 am Date Climbed: May 22, 2004

Whiteout near summit

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.


littleboogie - Sep 15, 2006 2:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2006

Nice View  Sucess!

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!


Luciano136 - Sep 4, 2006 2:25 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

Another 24h day - Alta Peak trail  Sucess!

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:


kngalaric - Sep 3, 2006 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

WOW! Great Sierra views, pretty easy peak to summit  Sucess!

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.

Peak Baguette

Peak Baguette - Aug 19, 2006 4:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Made snow angels near summit  Sucess!

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!


robojeda - Aug 1, 2006 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2006

Good Job MOM!  Sucess!

Met up with my mom to bag her first peak. She did it. So proud of her... Now to get her on rock...


jsorber - Jul 29, 2006 2:59 am Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2003

One of my first peaks  Sucess!

Totally fun hike that was my first summit! We took the Alta trail all the way.


mjrangel - Jul 23, 2006 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

x2  Sucess!

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!


mrjdobbs - May 9, 2006 3:03 pm

Been there, Done that.  Sucess!

Went with my wife on Labor Day. Fun...and easy.


Quadaxial - Apr 16, 2006 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005

10/08/05  Sucess!

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.

Matt Worster

Matt Worster - Mar 30, 2006 8:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2005

limited views :-(  Sucess!

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.


tarol - Feb 9, 2006 1:38 pm

Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

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!


Smith93 - Jan 1, 2006 4:13 pm

Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!

Back for the second time that year. Great hike again.


Smith93 - Jan 1, 2006 4:08 pm

Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 26, 2002  Sucess!

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.


Smith93 - Jan 1, 2006 4:04 pm

Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 27, 2001  Sucess!

Great hike and relatively easy.


forjan - Dec 12, 2005 6:14 pm

Route Climbed: Alta Peak Trail to Tharp's Rock gully Date Climbed: December 10, 2005  Sucess!

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.

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