Wondrous views via the Panther Gap and from top of Alta Peak. A real butt-kicker the final 2 miles (2,000 ft) to reach the summit but well worth it. Took a nice side trip to serene Alta Meadows on the way down (junction right before you start final ascent). Numerous marmots afoot in this meadow! Definitely a highlight as no one else was in the meadow and and a light afternoon shower was blowing across the divide.
Went with three good friends and made for a great time out. Hiked up to 10,000ft and camped there on day one -- continued to the summit on day two and return to the road. Excellent weather.
Good climb both times, albeit a little longish for us beginners. Climbing in a single long day from the parking lot, camped at the designated 10,000m spot and returned the next morning. Pushing time a little, with sunset on the decent and a little trouble finding our tent with our Wal-Mart flashlights. Packed up Subway footlong subs instead of bothering with gas and a stove which turned out to be a GREAT idea... Mmm... mayonaise salami and cheese...
This was quite a strenuous day. Snow was soft -- especially in the afternoon. Used snowshoes and broke trail most of the way. Brought and used crampons a couple of times but should have just stayed with the snowshoes all the way. There were no signs that anyone had gone beyond Panther Gap. Terrain past Panther Gap and before Mehrten Mdw was difficult due to steepness and very soft/deep snow. With all the snow the view from the summit was awesome.
running ascent for the final 500', that is until I came upon the spire
Warmup hike for North Guard/Brewer the next day. Clouds were gathering over the Great Western Divide even by 9am, limiting the views. Pear Lake was quite pretty.
Excellent snow cover down to 8000', patchy below that. We camped at 9300' under the South Face of Tharps Rock, bagged the summit in the morning via the standard trail, then glissaded down the gully from Tharps back to our camp. Recommend crampons for the summit blocks, very icy. Snowshoes or skis required for the approach.
This year climbed with Vendulka. Great day, no people, clouds below us.
First hiking I did since knee surgery on June 17. Hiked in 4 miles to Mehrten Meadow and then up to the summit the next day. Nice views all around this area. Unfortunately even at 8:30 in the morning the thunder clouds were rolling in so I couldn't stay on top for long. This is a nice peak in a great area. Great to get back out there!
The first time I tried this in March, it smacked me around in a "try these 5 foot deep postholes" kinda way. I returned for revenge. Started hiking at 3pm, summitted at 6:30pm, return to car at 8:30pm. Got lost in Fresno, but eventually made it home. Glad to take one off the "failed to summit" list!
A great hike as an afternoon sidetrip after backpacking at Bearpaw Meadow.
Have not met a single person - just loved it!
Good snow from Alta Meadow all the way up.
Fantastic weather - sunny and clouds lingering in the valleys below...
Summit reached but only on the second trip in 1998. It's a very pretty hike but in the end gets rather exhausting (having to climb approx. 1500m). In the end you have perfect views to the Sierra and - if you are lucky and the smog clears - down to Los Angeles
Did the "Bob Burd Loop Trip" from Wolverton, up to Alta and down to Pear Lake via a 4th class chute near the summit and then down some 3rd class slabs to Pear Lake. Total time, trailhead-to-trailhead: 6 hours and 50 minutes. See Bob Burd's summit log entry below for the trip report.
A nice dayhike with good views of the Great Western Divide. Got eaten alive by the mosquitos in the meadows though. There was a ferocious marmot at the summit that was rushing at people probably trying to scare them into dropping some food.
Great hike!. Started at 6.30am and reached summit at 10.40am. There is just another guy at the summit. stayed about an hour at the summit and enjoyed the views. It was a perfect day for hiking.
My first solo peak hike. I completed it in 8 1/2 hours. I am hooked for life!
Great Climb, not very challenging, but beautiful scenery. Also, great view of the lakes and waterfalls.
first sierra peak.