Bonus peak after Sonora. Nice and uncrowded compared to the former. Great rail running along the approach trail from the pass.
From Saint Mary's Pass
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.
One of those destinations you can have the entire place to yourself. The TH though could use a little love. The sign out on the north side of the highway indicating St Mary's TH is long gone. The two posts that held the sign are about to fall over. The once well-cared for sign where the trail begins is smashed to smithereens. But enough from Debbie Downer. Its a glorious area. As you make your way along the trail from St. Mary's Pass, you're worlds away. And once you overcome the challenges of the slope and top out on the summit, you'll love the views toward all points of the compass.
tough scramble to the top, you can see a massive fire south of Gardenerville from the peak at the moment.
With Mike Callen on a cold and windy day. Then on to Sonora Peak. Trip report.
The varied geology is beautiful as well as the view into the canyon. Enjoyed the short section of scrambling on an otherwise dull hike.
Thunderstorms all around but luckily clear on the route
I enjoyed this hike. I counted eight stream crossings on the way to Stanislaus, each one prettier than the last, with abundant wildflowers.
Climbed the southwest slope of this fine peak. In reality, it's a bit misleading to call this a simple class 2 walk up. There are indeed class 2 lines, but ample opportunities on the west, east, even south faces to go for class 3 and 4 variations.
We climbed some class 3/4 stuff on the SW slope. Lots of super loose rock.
There are some good looking class 4 or 5 lines on the east face on decent rock.
Enjoy this peak. It's only a slog if you make it one!
Got a late start at 3:30 due to rain but back by dinner time. Quick and fun hike.
St Mary's Pass. RT time under 6 hours.
Started at the St. Mary's Pass TH and climbed Sonora, then Stanislaus. Climbed Leavitt Peak in the afternoon from Sonora Pass.
Fantastic day. Not much snow left during the drought... Silver lining is no bugs! Hiked this one after tagging Sonora peak for the second time.
Puttered over from Sonora Peak for a two peak morning hike. Nice views, mellow hike, good times.
Snowshoe through wet snow from the St Mary's Pass trailhead
Part of a CA peak-bagging tour.
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.
Decided on Sonora Pass so I could climb Stanislaus and do some acclimating for Mt. Whitney day later. The scree was a drag, nice lunch at top.
After doing Leavitt in the morning, I jogged over to Stanislaus. It's not a fun climb, but it was cool to see some new country.