Really fun Halloween hike with awesome late season weather. We went for Stanislaus first and after that climb didn’t feel like dealing with the ridge line so we rode the trail back to the junction and headed for Sonora from there. My buddy was slowing but we were on top before we knew it. We enjoyed both peaks completely windless, and stayed on Sonora to watch the sunset. The alpenglow on all the granite to the south was amazing. We didn’t make Ritter or Tower this year but seeing them today was a reminder of what we have to look forward to! We put on headlamps and cruised down. I got lost in the sunset and realized I was looking at Mount Diablo, the clearest I’ve ever seen it from the Sierra. A hard day, but a really enjoyable hike.
With Mike Callen on a cold and windy day, from Stanislaus Peak along the ridge connecting them both. Trip report.
Hiked straight up out of the Sonora Pass parking lot. This was my first summit above 9k in 25 years. There were a couple areas that were challenging class 2+ but completely passable.
Had two 16 year old young men, my son and his buddy. They kicked butt, but the OG summited first LOL!
It was a little hazy from the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite, but didn't ruin the vistas.
Will likely do it again sometime under better air quality conditions.
Highly recommended hike.
Staight forward route starting at the pass. Enjoyed an epic sunset on the summit. Took a bit of the PCT coming down.
Windy day. Lots of space to rest on top.
The drive by itself is worth it. The peak is just a small bonus. Nice beginners mountain for kids. I ended up bringing one of mine.
Boring hike on the way to Stanislaus.
It was a beautiful day. I climbed Sonora Peak and Peak 11010, enjoying the abundant wildflowers on display in the area.
The peak was beautiful. We should have descended to St. Mary's Pass to the NW. Unfortunately we followed a "use" trail along the SE ridge. No thank you!! It looks easy at first; then it turns into a questionable class 2 trail that also has false leads. (Maybe class 3 in a few places.) There should be a warning barrier or something.
First peak of the day with great, clear views. Continued on to Stanislaus afterwards and Leavitt in the afternoon.
Great, easy hike. It would be a good peak for a beginner peakbagger. Here's the trip report!
Part of a CA peak-bagging tour.
Nice warm up hike from Sonora Pass
Took Josh and Charlie up via St Mary's. Nice quick hike to Sonora, which was the highest peak so far for the other guys. Hiked over to Stanislaus, but didn't have time to climb it needing to get back home for a late afternoon commitment.
Took an old abandoned jeep track that is right on the ridge crest from Sonora Pass. Then up a bootpath that cuts left of the pinnacles on the S ridge. Hit the PCT right where it crosses the ridge at 10,400. Then up a discernible bootpath for a while on the SE ridge. Lost the bootpath at one point and sidehilled on the S slopes which was a mistake since they were loose and slow going. Came down the SE ridge down to 10,400 again which was much better. Then down the PCT which meandered too much. Would take bootpath the whole way if I were to do it again.
nice little snowshoe...
Hiked up the Saint Mary's Pass Trail to Stanislaus Peak, then followed ridge, hitting all the high points to Sonora Peak, then down the PCT to the highway and back to where I started.
Did the Sonora/Stanislaus double - Stanislaus was a bit tougher. Lots of loose scree which would frequently slide making the ascent a little tougher.
Basically no snow this year. Pretty easy. Stanislaus was next.
2h car-to-car. Easy peak, nice views of course. A little loose on the way up, but heaven riding the scree on the way down!