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!
Finding snow almost everywhere except for the summit ridge made for a scenic hike and eased a steep shortcut on the way down. The snow was not very deep in most areas and I usually only sunk an inch into it, even in the afternoon. I suspect there ought to be lots of mud and skeeters soon, followed by a long summer.
Super smoky day from fires, but a good climb nevertheless. Planned on Stanislaus too, but the smoke was too thick and had trouble breathing.
Sonora Peak + Stanislaus Peak in one day. still lots of snow between st mary pass and base of Stanislaus Peak.
Lots and LOTS of snow, of various temprements (firm, posthole-y and ridged)from St. Mary's pass sign (Trailhead parking still had 3 feet of snow). But after a lot of snow , summited the clear gravelly peak. I have the 'Snow burn' to prove it. Wish I knew how to snow shoe.