South Side

Page Type
California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking, Scrambling
Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Half a day
Rock Difficulty:
Class 3

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South Side
Created On: Oct 1, 2001
Last Edited On: Apr 13, 2006


From the parking area, hike north 1.3 miles to St. Mary Pass. Here the mountain will come into view along with the main Clark Fork drainage. The main trail follows the 10,400 ft. contour 2 3/4 miles toward a pass at the south side of the peak. One can also follow the north/south ridge connecting Sonora Peak to Stanislaus Peak. Snow conditions may dictate which approach is easier and quicker.

Route Description

From the pass on the south side of the peak, the main used route heads north up the talus slope to a short class 2 scramble to the summit. If a little more challenge is required one can easily move to the west side for some class 3 scramble to the summit. There is no main trail up to the summit, pick the route that looks most interesting.

Essential Gear

During the main part of the climbing season the only necessary equipment are good footwear. Early season one may need snow shoes for the approach as the snow can be deep and mushy. Possible an ice axe and crampons very early in the season just after the hiway pass opens.

Miscellaneous Info

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