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Best Peak in Yosemite

by gwave47 » Wed May 19, 2010 4:23 am

If you could summit one peak in Yosemite (other than Half Dome) that is class 3-4 or less, what would it be?

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by Noondueler » Wed May 19, 2010 5:35 am

I could be a subjective matter. I would say Mt. Conness. It has all manner of good climbing routes, easily accessible and has some of the best views of the Yos. high country and the hi Sierra in general.

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by tiogap » Wed May 19, 2010 6:23 am

without a doubt, Cathedral Peak

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by dskoon » Wed May 19, 2010 6:32 am

Okay, I gotta do it then. Cathedral, that is.

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by Zzyzx » Wed May 19, 2010 7:13 am

Matthes Crest. If you can solo a couple of pitches of 5.3 or so, then you have a mile of class 3 (in the photo) to the South Summit. Conness and Cathedral Peak are awesome, but not quite as awesome IMO.


One of the easier (class 1) hikes with spectacular views and no crowds is Clouds Rest from the Sunrise TH (near Tenaya Lake).

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by Zzyzx » Wed May 19, 2010 7:19 am

Also don't forget Mt. Clark, although it's a long, partly cross country hike, and to summit you have to climb a short very exposed class 4 section that feels more like class 5. Views are spectacular and chances are you won't see anybody else for a long time.


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by mrchad9 » Wed May 19, 2010 7:31 am

Class 1: Cloud's Rest
Class 2: Mount Conness
Class 3: Mount Lyell
Class 4: Cathedral Peak

OK, that's more than one.

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by keema » Wed May 19, 2010 2:49 pm

Dovetailing on 1000peaks, you can hook up Tuolumne and Hoffman in a nice fun loop.

I do not know if I can pick just one. I have enjoyed all of the Yosemite peaks I've summited.

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by cp0915 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:16 pm

Yeah, man, so many great peaks in Yosemite. I'd hafta agree with the majority, though, that Cathedral should be your choice (if you could do just one).

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by The Chief » Wed May 19, 2010 3:27 pm

Give me a holler when you arrive and I will take you up this stellar peak that will leave you with the fondest of memories and I guarantee ya that no crowds will be around on route nor the summit....
Tenaya Peak

Then again, if you are a "Social Climber", by all means, Cathedral and or Matthes Crest are indeed your choice.

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by Misha » Wed May 19, 2010 3:58 pm

Gun to head (and given the class 3-4 parameter), I'd pick Lyell. It is remote, has a glacier, unbelievably beautiful, not very crowded and has a few Class 3-4 options. Can be done CTC in a day if you start very early and keep moving.

2nd choice would be Cathedral Peak via regular route. That Class 4 downclimb will get your attention ;)

Conness is probably my favorite mountain in the park but I can't recommend its 3rd Class route, East Ridge as a fun outing. North or West Ridges are entirely different story

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by Palisades79 » Wed May 19, 2010 4:06 pm

North Dome. We parked at Porcupine Creek trailhead on Hwy.120 ,hiked out to North Dome for the awesome views of Half Dome & Tenaya Canyon,hiked West on the North Rim trails to Yosemite Point and the Lost Arrow Tip to the top of Yosemite Falls.We only saw about six people before we got to the Falls,descended the Falls trail to the Valley, had lunch on the patio of the Ahwahnee ,and took YARTS back to Porcupine Creek well before dinner at the Tioga Pass Resort . We have also hiked down Yosemite Creek from Hwy.120 ,climbed Eagle Peak for the great views of Yosemite Falls and El Capitan ,descended to the Valley and returned on YARTS to Hwy.120. Have a great hike!


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