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.
Beautiful day, but altitude had me breathing heavy.
Very windy on the hike up. Felt almost blown away a few times (was very light at the time and I was barely 5ft... >:) Didn't do Stanislaus Peak - it looked so cool... well, some other time.
Climbed as a warm-up before doing a 3 day trip to climb Mount Ritter. Always wanted to do this with Stanislaus which looks very appealing. County Summit #13.
Started the climb via St. Mary's pass at 12:30pm. Some thunderheads developing. When approaching the summit, some drizzling rain, decently sized thunderhead above, and distant sounds of thunder. At the top, static electricity buzzing in my camera and hiking poles. Let's say I spent about only 10 seconds on the summit.
Great Independence day with unbeatable views.
Sonora Peak was my first peak in the area. I hiked up it from the pass and I was really blown away by the view. I remember Stanislaus Peak as being really cool to look at. I remember fishing on the Walker River on the drive down, and it was a long drive back to Auburn. It was in the early 1990's that I lived in the area.
Climbed this one several times. Amazing views with easy access via the Saint Mary's Pass trail. I used this peak to introduce my young sons to the joys of peakbagging.
3 more times, last time, August, '06
Sonora and Stanislaus peaks. Car to car 4.5 hours.
(October 2008) Heavy winds most of the way up. Nice view from the top.
(July 2011) From St. Mary's Pass. Leading up to the pass is mostly under snow, but the ridge is mostly open. Onto Stanislaus afterwards.
Climbed Sonora via PCT and southwest slopes. Steep scree slope. Stayed near trees to allow for more stable footing. Continued to Stanislaus Peak. Good Class Two climbing for the last 100ft.
Several springs nearby for water supply even in late August.
Quick, direct hike to a summit with wonderful views in all directions. Hiked with Wayne the day after Whitney.
Fun hike up sonora peak with my dad at age 8.
Great views of Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite. The views to the north were heavily impacted by a fire in the Ebetts Pass area.
Climbed this along with Stanislaus Peak on a beautiful clear sunny day.
Missed the sunrise by a few minutes but it was an awesome early morning up there. Then went on to Stanislaus Pk. through fields of flowering lupines.