Leavitt Peak northeast ridge

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California, United States, North America
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Hiking, Scrambling
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Most of a day
Class 2

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Leavitt Peak northeast ridge
Created On: Nov 1, 2013
Last Edited On: Nov 2, 2013


Leavitt Peak from the northeast
Leavitt Peak from the northeast
Leavitt Peak 11,569', is the second highest peak in the Sonora Pass area. It is also the highest peak north of Tower Peak along the northern Sierra Crest. The east shoulder is a popular class 1 walk up hike off the Pacific Crest Trail and the views from the large flat slate covered summit are extensive up and down range.
The northeast ridge is a straight forward class 2 scramble that gets a little knife edgy in places. It is a satisfying alternative to the regular route for those looking for a more interesting approach.

Getting There

Leavitt Peak northeast ridge
Northeast ridge from the south
From the town of Sonora in the Sierra foothills go 70 miles east on Hwy. 108 to Sonora Pass.
From Hwy. 395 below the eastern Sierra go 15 miles west on Hwy. 108 to Sonora Pass. There is a parking area on the north side of the pass.

Route Description

Leavitt Peak northeast ridge
Looking up the northeast ridge
Leavitt Peak northeast ridge
On the northeast ridge looking northwest
Take the PCT south as it climbs to the crest and goes along the west slopes of the first two peaks until it reaches a saddle at 3 miles. The north ridge of "Latopie Peak" is directly ahead. The PCT then drops down to the left and goes along below the northeast face of "Latopie Peak" until it reaches a pass (10,800') at 3.7 miles. Continue on over the pass above Latopie Lake as it goes down to the right for .5 miles. At this point leave the PCT and head to the right up to the saddle between "Latopie Peak" and Leavitt Peak's northeast ridge. Take the northeast ridge to the left to the top of Leavitt staying to the left pretty much all the way.
The descent here takes the regular east shoulder back down to the PCT and back to Sonora Pass.

Essential Gear

North from above the Pacific Crest Trail
Above the PCT looking north on the return
Just a day pack with food, water and appropriate clothing for summit weather. Possibly ice axe and crampons in winter or heavy snow.

Weather forecast

Leavitt Peak south view
South from Leavitt Peak
For the Dardenelle weather forecast click here.