From 108, took the trail up, and the "climbers shortcut" back. Found some cool mineral covered rocks near the summit.
Came up via the PCT, was pleasantly surprised by the great views from the top. The many patchy snowfield crossings on the PCT were annoying, but an easy outing and slog up the scree field to the top. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=91
One more time! Probably my fourth ascent of Leavitt over the past 20 years; with a friend this time. We launched from the Sonora Pass trail head on the PCT. After a short distance we went off-trail, scrambling up the spine of the ridge. then followed the spine southbound until we met the PCT again. It's always a fabulous experience to Leavitt and back. This day was typically brilliant. We stayed on the PCT for the entire return. Cheers!
Hiked up from Sonora Pass on the PCT.
I climbed it from the PCT at Sonora Pass. There is a decent use trail to tame the hellish volcanic rubble.
I climbed Leavitt as a side trip during my 2012 thru hike.
We were the second party to summit in July of 2012. This is a popular peak for a reason, easy access off of an excellent section of the PCT from Sonora Pass.
A nice quick hike with great views. Wind was so strong near the summit I almost turned back, but wound up getting there by walking in a crouch and sitting out the worst of the gusts.
A new summit register had been placed just four days before by James Barlow and Heath Wilhoit of the SPS section. Thanks guys!
Got a group of 9 up to the summit. Hiked with Pacific Crest Peak.
Great weather. Still some small patches of snow on the PCT, but overall, it was clear.
A very pleasant stroll down the PCT from Sonora Pass. I hope to return.
still lots of snow for the first mile. took 7 hours for the round trip (4 hours up, 3 hours down).
Skinned up Blue Canyon then on to the north face of Leavitt. Cramponed up the couloir and met with high winds at the summit. Awesome ski descent down the couloir and then back to the car, although it gets a little flat in spots. The couloir is 40 degrees max at the top, and mostly 35 I'd say.
This was my third time up. I love camping at Latopie Lake. This time the wind was sustained 50mph with winds gusting to 75 on the kestrel.
We were camped about a mile east of Sonora Pass, providing an opportunity for extra elevation gain on the hike and some fun scrambling to reach the trail. This was my daughter's highest summit to date, just before her third birthday. She insisted on hiking herself all the way up to the ridgetop where the wilderness signs stand before taking a nap much of the rest of the way to the summit in the pack. Mom was NOT happy when we got back after dark.
From Sonora Pass..one of the easiest peaks in the Sierra.. trail all the way to the top
A beautiful day hike from Sonora Pass. Easy use trail from the east ridge.
I did this as a loop by heading north west from Leavitt Lake and climbing the east ridge past Latopie Lake. Came back down the long way, following the PCT all the way SW till the trail turns back toward Leavitt Lake. Very scenic hike and I didnt see another soul till I got back down to Leavitt Lake!
Went up Blue Canyon before crossing over to the NW ridge. Great views from the summit.
Great leisurely 2-day backpack from Sonora Pass, very scenic hike. Camped at Latopie Lake and climbed the ridge from the lake.
Another perfect weather day with my summit partner Melissa Thaw. Found that by going to Koenig lake, then proceeding up the use trail to the right, you go up a direct route to the summit. russ thaw