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Kearsarge Peak

Kearsarge Peak (12,598)

Saturday we’ll go after Kearsarge Peak. Sunday is open for discussion. There are a number of peaks in the area that can be dayhiked, or some may want to opt for an early start to a long drive home.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip and the climbing will be easy, so it should be appropriate for beginners with a bit of stamina, or experienced climbers who want to regale beginners with tales of brave deeds and daring exploits.

Class 1
Onion Valley, East Side
Charles Schafer

Cherry Creek Canyon

Cherry Creek Canyon

Another no-peaks trip, this will conclude my Yosemite canyon trilogy of 2008-09. I've done this a couple of times, but I can't resist repeating it.
We start at Cherry Lake (reached from Sonora or Hwy 120), and the first day we hike upstream on the Kibbie Ridge trail, then drop down into a wonderland of granite that forms the upper part of the creek. On Sunday, we do a trail-less descent of the creek, sometimes traversing steep rock to avoid having to swim through pools. The water flow will be low in September. As usual, we'll bypass the committing "teacup" section. Unlike my previous trips, this time we'll be early enough in the season that the gate at Cherry Lake will be open and we can drive an additional 4.5 miles, which will eliminate 9 miles of hiking on a dirt road. yeah!

Class 2+
Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite NW boundary
Kelly A Maas

Mt Goode & Cloudripper

Mt Goode (13,085, class 2) & Cloudripper (13,525, class 3)

Friday we’ll hike up to Chocolate Lake where we’ll set up camp and then climb Cloudripper. Saturday we’ll hike over to Bishop Lake where we’ll set up another camp and then climb Mt. Goode. Then on Sunday we’ll hike back out.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip and the climbing will for the most part be easy (although it will be class 3 on Cloudripper), so it should be appropriate for relative beginners who have done a bit of climbing.

Class 2, 3
Eastside of the Sierras (Maps Mt. Thompson and No.Palisade 7 1/2)
Charles Schafer


Climbing, hiking, biking

Come down for a weekend or just for a day of climbing or if you prefer hiking or even biking. There will be climbers of varying abilities. We have reserved group campsite #134 at the Pinnacles campground on the east side of the park. Camping cost is usually about $8 per person. Shoes, harness and helmet needed if you are going to be climbing. We will meet at the Bear Gulch visitor center at 9AM on Saturday. Carpools meet Saturday morning at 7AM at Cottle Rd. and Hwy 85 park and ride.

Class 1 - 5, your choice
Jeff Fisher


Mount Langley 14000+ feet

This is a good beginner trip. On the first day we meet in late morning at the Cotton Wood trailhead (10000feet) and hike into Long Lake, about 5 to 6 miles. We will have a beautiful camping site by a lake. The next morning we get a moderately early start and climb the mountain by way of New Army Pass. We will have about 5 miles and 3000 vertical feet to the summit. We should get back to our camp by mid-afternoon. After a short break we will break camp and return to our cars. We should reach the cars before dark.

Class 1
Eastside - Lone Pine/Cotton Wood trailhead

Tower Peak, 11,755'

Tower Peak

We'll use the holiday weekend to do a relatively relaxed 3-day climb of Tower Peak, which the guide books seem to consider is the northern boundary of the "High Sierra."

Leaving from Leavitt Meadows on Hwy 108, the approach is somewhat over 10 miles, mostly on trail, with minimal elevation gain. We'll climb the peak on day 2, and retrace our steps on day 3. The class 3 section is only near the end. Most of the peak is class 2.

Leader: Kelly Maas (408) 378-5311;

Class 3
Yosemite N boundary
Kelly A Maas

Jim Weaver Memorial Beginner's Ski Trip

Enjoy cross-country skiing in the Soda Springs/Norden/Donner Lake area

Learn the joys cross-country skiing on gentle terrain in the Soda Springs/ Norden/ Donner Lake Area. This trip honors the late Jim Weaver, long time Sierra Club trip leader, who faithfully lead this trip annually. We’ll stay at the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappan Lodge in Norden. On Saturday we’ll ski the groomed trails around Clair Tappan. On Sunday, we will venture into beginner level backcountry in the area. People completely new to cross country skiing are encourage to take a lesson from the lodge staff. Gear rental is available at the lodge. Sign up by contacting the leader, but please make your own lodging reservations by calling Clair Tappan Lodge (530-426-3632). The cost is $55+tax/nite-person for lodging and 3 meals. For more information about Clair Tappan, visit the Sierra Club website ... For more information about the trip, contact the leader. We will meet at the Living room at 9:30 AM. Saturday morning.

Leader: John Cordes 650-288-9645 email:

Beginner to Advanced Beginner
Clair Tappan Lodge

Telescope Peak

Telescope Peak, 11.050'

Car shuttle needed.

Group #1
Difficulty: Class 2, 23 miles 11,000 ft of gain.
Will camp at Shorty’s Well at -250 Ft on Friday night Nov. 6. Get up Saturday morning at 3AM and be on the trail by 3:30AM. After summiting we will hike to Mahogany Flats to the waiting car shuttle. There is a spring in Hanapai Canyon at 3,500ft and 9 miles into the hike. But should bring at least 4 liters of water. Hopefully those going in group #2 will camp with us and shuttle the cars around for their start at Mahogany Flats.

Group #2
Difficulty: Class 1, 14 miles 3,000 ft of gain
Leave from Mahogany Flat at 8 or 9AM hopefully reaching the summit around the same time as group #1. Returning to Mahogany Flats and shuttling Group.

Leader Jeff Fisher Co-leader needed (650) 207-9632, E-mail;
Leader needed for Mahogany Flats start.

Class 2
Death Valley
Jeff Fisher

Virginia Peak

Virginia Peak

This is a beginner's trip for people who wish to try climbing when it is colder.

Day 1: hike over Virginia Pass to camp. Details: Green Creek TH to Virginia Pass,5.8 miles, 2500 feet to Virginia Pass (10480), then long, gentle traverse 1.25 miles to Camp at 10,490.
Day 2: climb Virginia Peak (2.3 miles RT, 1500 feet, class 2) and hike out.

We will not be climbing Twin Peaks, which is a change from the previously scheduled trip. See previous trip report at

class 2, beginners trip
Green Creek - eastern Sierra
Louise Wholey
James Wholey

Whorl and Matterhorn

Whorl Mountain, 12,033' and Matterhorn, 12,264'

Day 1 Sat - Hike 5 miles, climbing 4500 ft to camp, part on trail.
Climb Whorl from camp - Hike 4 miles RT, climb 2000 ft or climb Matterhorn about 1500 ft above camp, mostly class 2.
Day 2 Sun - Climb what has not been climbed and hike out (long).

Contact: Louise Wholey ( or Linda Sun (

Class 3
East side - Twin Lakes trailhead, near Bridgeport
Louise Wholey
Linda Sun