Out and back via the PCT from Sonora Pass on a sunny day. Windy on top, but clear. Met 11 PCT thru-hikers heading south.
A nice cruise from Sonora Pass through spotty snow cover.
Snow from Sonora Pass to about 10,800', then dry for a spell, then two more long snow traverses. Upon gaining the summit ridge, snow could be avoided.
A pleasant and not boring at all, class-1 hike from Sonora Pass to the summit. It took me about six hours car-to-car. It is class-1 all the way if you find a use trail from PCT near Latopie Lake. Trip report.
Met lots of people on the trail, imposing looking summit but just a class 1 trail up the ridge
Relatively mundane hike but happy to scope out snow fields for an August ski.
Blue Canyon Route in 2003: here
PCT South from Sonora Pass in 2010 and 2013
Day 4 Sierra Challenge alternative peak. Flat football field on top!
Decided to climb one of those cool looking peaks that I knew nothing of but had often seen off the road while driving over Sonora Pass, on my way back to the Bay Area from a trip to the S Fork Big Pine (120 closed due to Walker Fire). The peak that caught my eye was actually 11260, from Sardine Meadow, its crumbly looking volcanic summit ridge looking nothing like the Palisades where I'd spent the past few days. I had no idea if I'd be able to reach the summit, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Headed up past Sardine Falls (which I had also never really noticed before) and up Peak 11245, where I discovered Leavitt standing higher behind my original objective, with a nice looking ridge connecting the two. Also realized at this point that I could have more easily taken the PCT, but oh well the cross country was fine. Continued up 11260, the ridge got a bit knifey near the top, so opted for the summit wall on the W side instead of testing my luck above the shear east face. Then finally onto the NE Ridge of Leavitt with some class 3 here and there, with fine views to the S and a nice drop off to the N. If it weren't for the lakes and views south to Hoover Wilderness granite, I could've thought I was in Death Valley NP with the volcanic terrain, particularly the gnarly looking hoodoo canyons down the cliffs. Overall a very fun day in a different part of the Sierra than most are probably used to.
After a morning climb of Sonora and Stanislaus, I hiked Leavitt Peak from Sonora Pass. There were lots of people on the PCT, but the views from Leavitt more than made up for the crowds. I took the direct route back to Sonora Pass rather than following the PCT all the way. This was a great descent route along a very clear use trail that saves lots of time and distance.
I spent the afternoon admiring views that were a mix of snow, desolate terrain, and endless High Sierra peaks to the southeast. I started with my dogs from my car camp spot east of Sonora Pass, meeting up with the PCT at the wilderness boundary sign atop the ridge, and then continuing to Leavitt Peak. After returning along the PCT to the boundary signs, we continued on what we could find of the PCT descent to Sonora Pass in the snow, enjoying some fun glissades.
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.