Leviathan Peak

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California, United States, North America
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8980 ft / 2737 m
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Leviathan Peak
Created On: Aug 9, 2014
Last Edited On: Oct 12, 2014


Leviathan Peak south view
Southwest from Leviathan Peak
Monitor Pass is off to the east of the Sierra Crest by about 20 miles. The area is a somewhat vast barren landscape with little evidence of human developement. Leviathan Peak (the area high point) is a mound of metamorphic rock about a half mile north of Monitor Pass in the north Eastern Sierra. The peak has transmission facilities and an old abandon fire lookout.
There is a walk up road from Hwy. 89 that goes to the top. This is a quick hike up the road or a direct slog through the sage brush that can be done in an hour or 2. The views are outstandingly remote taking in the likes of the Crystal Range near South Lake Tahoe to as far south as the Sweetwater Mountains and the peaks above Sonora Pass..
Anticipate 3 miles 700' gain round trip. Cut the distance in half if you go sage brush direct (an approach rather frowned apon if I must say). Let's just say you can't exactly read the newspaper at the same time.

Getting There

South from Monitor Pass area.
South from Monitor Pass area.
From the west: From the junction of Hwy. 4 with Hwy. 89 5 miles south of Markleeville continue east on Hwy. 89 13.5 miles to Monitor Pass.

From the east: From the junction with Hwy. 395 a few miles north of Topaz take Hwy 89 west 5 miles as it winds up to Monitor Pass.


Leviathan Peak looking northeast
Northeast from summit
Park at the pass or along the road. Go a third of a mile east along 89 to the road up Leviathan Peak. The road is locked and only accessible to service vehicles but hikers welcome.

Red Tape

West from Hwy. 89 going to Monitor Pass
West from Hwy 89
This is in Toiyabe National Forest. No permits required for day hikes.

When to Climb

South from Leviathan Peak
South view
Obviously when the roads are open. May or June into October depending on the snowfall. Looks like a nice area for cross country skiing.


Leviathan Peak summit north
Northwest view
Toiyabe National Forest campgrounds.

Weather and forecast

Leviathan Peak from Hwy. 89
Leviathan Peak from the road.
For the Markleeville weather and 10 day forecast click here.

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Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Aug 12, 2014 1:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Peak Elevation

Is at least 8960': http://listsofjohn.com/peak/56895


Noondueler - Aug 13, 2014 8:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Peak Elevation

The little circle indicating the 8,960' line could be the tower itself. As you know the summit rocks don't constitute an abrupt 40 ft gain. Or maybe it just tops out at 8960 there. This is a good question.


Alpinist - Aug 18, 2014 9:41 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Peak Elevation

All the topo maps list the elevation as 8942'. I'd leave it at that.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Aug 25, 2014 2:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Peak Elevation

8942 refers to the benchmark north of the summit. The small, dark circle indicates the tower, the thinner line indicates the 8960' contour. Bob Burd also recognizes this and uses an 8980' interpolated elevation.


Noondueler - Aug 27, 2014 10:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Peak Elevation

Good with that. Done.

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