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Eisen, Lippincott (Mineral King)

Eisen, Lippincott

Trailhead is Mineral King on this 3 day trip to class 2 peaks of the Western Sierra. We'll camp near Little Five Lakes. Day 1 is 12 miles, 3500 ft gain to camp. Day 2, climb Eagle Scout, 10 mile RT, 1500' gain. Day 3, climb Eisen, possibly bonus peak Lippincott, then hike out. Send climbing resume with conditioning and recent experience. Carpool from Bay Area.

Mineral King
Lisa Barboza


South/West of Mt. Whitney

Guyot (12300'), Hitchcock (13186'), Young (13176'), Hale (13494'), Chamberlin (13169), Newcomb (13422') , Joe Devel (13327'), Pickering (13474'), Newcomb (13422'), McAdie (13799')

We'll attempt to climb several peaks ranging from the south to the west of Mt. Whitney on this 6 day trip. From Cottonwood Lakes trailhead, we'll go over New Army Pass and drop down to head north on the PCT or into the Sky Blue Lake basin, depending on which peaks people want to climb. The peaks are all class 1 or 2, except McAdie, which is class 3.

This will be a great trip to start the summer climbing season if you are in or near good physical condition. For the western peaks option: Day 1 is 15 miles with 3800 ft gain. Day 2&3: camp at Crabtree Creek, climb Hitchcock, Chamberlin, Newcomb. Day 4: climb Hale, Young. Day 5&6: climb Guyot & hike out. Send climbing resume with conditioning and recent experience plus peaks of interest. We will carpool from Bay Area. Permits for 10.

Class 1, 2, 3
Lisa Barboza
Louise Wholey


Pilot Knob & Goethe Peaks

Pilot Knob (12,245'), Goethe (13,264')

This is an ambitious trip targeting two peaks in the Piute pass region over 3 days.

We will hike up to Piute pass and make camp at one of the lakes near there with a possible reconnaissance of the 3rd class route of Goethe peak in that afternoon. Saturday we will climb the previously scouted 3rd class route up Goethe and on the descent cross over on trails and cross country to do the easier 2nd class Pilot Knob returning to camp via headlamps. Participants should bring a good headlamp, GPS, and be self-sufficient for camping.

Class 2, 3
Piute Pass, Eastern Sierra
Tim Hult


Center Basin Peak Bagging

Junction Pk (13845'), Mt. Keith (13976'), & Mt. Bradley (13264')

Leave Bay Area on Thursday afternoon (July 17), drive to Independence, and camp at Onion Valley. On Friday we climb over University Pass, probably dropping packs to climb University (13,589'). We then descend over to Center Basin and camp above Golden Bear Lake. Saturday will be a climb of Bradley Peak followed by a traverse to Mt. Keith, and return to camp. On Sunday, we climb Junction Peak, hike out, and drive home. Send qualifications, climbing resume to trip leader. Carpool from Bay Area.

Onion Valley, Eastern Sierra
Lisa Barboza
Louise Wholey


Mt Morgan (S)

Mt. Morgan (S) (13748')

This is a great introduction to climbing Sierra peaks. The views from Mt. Morgan (S) are spectacular, with Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Humphreys, and the Pioneer Basin in sight. On Saturday morning, we will meet at Rock Creek Lake in the Eastern Sierra, hike to Francis Lake, and set up camp. On Sunday, we will climb the ridge to Mt Morgan at a moderate pace, return to camp, and head back to the trailhead. The peak is quite high, so you should be in good condition and have spent some recent time at altitude.

Class 2
Rock Creek, Eastern Sierra
Joe Baker


Exploring Big Arroyo: Mt Kaweah, Black Kaweah & Red Kaweah from Mineral King trailhead

Mt Kaweah (13,802'), Black Kaweah (13,720'), & Red Kaweah (13,720')

Leave Bay Area on Thursday afternoon (July 31), and camp near the trailhead. On Friday we climb over Sawtooth Pass to camp in Big Arroyo (16 miles, 4500 feet of gain). Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will be climbs of Mt. Kaweah, Black, and Red, respectively. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, we hike the 16 miles back out and drive home. Send qualifications, climbing resume to trip leader. Carpool from Bay Area.

Lisa Barboza


Silliman, Alta or Mitchell Peak

Silliman 11,188' (Class 1,2), Alta 11,204' (Class 1) or Mitchell Peak 10,365' (Class 1)

Enjoy the beautiful forests and peaks of our national parks. I've reserved two side-by-side campsites at Lodgepole Campground. $8 nonrefundable fee holds your spot for 2 nights (Fri/Sat). Saturday, we'll hike up Mt Silliman (expect a long day). Sunday, we'll decide on either Alta Peak or Mitchell Peak. Legendary group appetizers Saturday night.

Class 1, 2
Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
Deborah Benham
Chris MacIntosh


Mt. Davis via Rush Creek

Mt. Davis (12,203')

Backpack 8 miles, climbing 2600 ft, from Silver Lake to camp at Thousand Island Lake. Climb Davis on Sunday, 10 mi, 2400 ft, then hike out. Peak wildflowers. Intermediate skills. Permit for 6.

Class 2
Louise Wholey


Mt. Baldwin

Mt. Baldwin

This will be a relatively slow paced backpack to climb Mt Baldwin in the Eastern Sierra via Convict Canyon. We'll hike in and set up camp on Saturday, then climb the peak and hike out on Sunday. This will be a very scenic hike through country with a variety of colors of rock.

Convict Canyon, Easter Sierra
Charles Schafer


Western Sierra in Autumn: Florence and Vandever

Florence (12432') and Vandever (11,947')

Car-camp Friday and Saturday nights at the 8000' trailhead in the Mineral King valley of Sequoia National Park. Be prepared for fall mountain conditions, possible cold temperatures. We will climb both peaks by day-hike on Saturday -- 3.5 miles to Farewell Gap (2700' gain), then the two peaks will be reached in about 3 miles (2000' gain). We drive home Sunday, Sept. 28. Contact leader with your experience. Trip is suitable for beginner-intermediate climbers. Carpool from Bay Area to Mineral King.

Mineral King, Western Sierra
Lisa Barboza


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