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Junipero Serra (5862')

Junipero Serra

This hike is co-listed with the PCS and DHS. Named after Friar Junipero Serra, the founder of the Missions, this peak is the highest in the Santa Lucia range. The walk up is mildly strenuous with an altitude gain of 3900+ feet and six miles ONE way on trail, but the view is well worth the effort.
Pouring rain cancels.

Carpool: Cottle & H/A 85 Park & Ride at 7:00 am or call leader for trailhead information.
Leaders: Jesper Schou; Ron Karpel,

3D, Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, Jolon Road exit from Highway 101
Jesper Schou
Ron Karpel


Hiking, climbing, biking - your choice!

Come down for a weekend of climbing and/or hiking or even biking. There will be climbers of varying abilities. Group site #126 has been reserved for 2 nights at the Pinnacles campground on the east side of the park. Holds total of up to 20 people (We’ve had more). Shoes, harness and helmet needed if you are going to be climbing.

You can stay the night, or just come down for one of the days.

The cost for the camp site is $75 night for up to 20. Leader; Jeff Fisher 650-207-9632, E-mail; jeff_fisher_5252 at

What you make it!
Pinnacles National Monument, East Side
Jeff Fisher

Split Mountain (CA 14er and SPS Emblem Peak)

Split Mtn (13, 042'), Tinemahah (12,520'), Prater (13,471')

Snow climb of Split Mtn via the North Slope from Red Lake TH. This will be a strenuous 3-day trip requiring good fitness and experience with an ice axe and crampons on 3rd class terrain. Day 1: Hike in to Red Lake, climb Tinemahah. Day 2: Climb Split, traverse over to Prater if conditions allow. Day 3: Hike out, drive home.

Leader and Contact: Lisa Barboza,
Co-leader: Terry Cline,

Strenuous; need good fitness and experience with ice axe and crampons; 3rd class terrain
East Side of the Sierras, Red Lake TH
Lisa Barboza
Terry Cline

Snow Climbing Practice

Leavitt Peak, Class 2 (11,569')

Join us for a day of ice axe practice in the high country at Sonora Pass. I anticipate being able to include a peak climb along with the practice. Optional car camping - details TBD.

Crampon practice is also an option, though we rarely
find suitable snow conditions. Participants supply their own gear, and should have some knowledge of how to use an ice axe, but experience is not required.

Dress for lying down in wet snow (full rain gear). Note that this year I'm changing from a 2-day format to one day. Location and date are tentative and subject to road, snow and weather conditions.

Contact the leader for final details on when & where to meet: Kelly Maas, (408)-378-5311,

Some knowledge of how to use an ice axe
Sonora Pass
Kelly A Maas

A Waterfall - Really?

Mounts LeConte (13,960') and Corcoran (13,760')

Objectives are to climb the NW Couloir of Mount LeConte under spring alpine conditions, encountering the "waterfall" pitch near the top, summit LeConte and traverse over to Mount Corcoran on its west side. We'll hike up to the Meysan Lakes to camp on the first day, climb the peaks the second, and hike out the third. Depending on conditions, a rope may be used. Because of the early season conditions, participants must be comfortable on steep mixed terrain without a rope. The July trip to the same area led by Aaron Schuman may be a more appropriate trip for many people.

Leader: Terry Cline,

class 4, ice axe and crampons required
Above Lone Pine from Horseshoe Meadows
Terry Cline

Diamond Is Forever

Diamond Peak (13,127')

We’ll start low at the end of the Oak Creek Road (6000) and hike the Baxter Pass trail from desert up into spring slush. The snow will be firmed up by the time we reach our camp at Summit Meadow (10800). We’ll ascend the southeast face of Diamond Peak (13127), which RJ Secor calls “a splendid snow climb in the spring”. Participants are skilled with ice axe for self-arrest and use of crampons on a mid-angle slope. Some members of the party will choose skis; others snowshoes.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com

Snow climbing using ice axe and crampons
Above Independence
Aaron Schuman

Morgan & Morgan

Mt Stanford N (12,838'), Mt Morgan N (13,002'), Mt Morgan S (13,748')

Two mountains with the same name, just ten miles apart, named for two different Morgans: one a sheepherding pioneer, the other a tycoon founder of the Southern Pacific Railroad. We’ll backpack up to Davis Lake, climb Mt Stanford N, traverse a tricky ridge to Mt Morgan N, descend the sandy slopes back to Davis Lake, teleport to Francis Lake, climb Mt Morgan S, and return the way we came.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com
Co-leader: Needed

Class 2 - 3
Mammoth Area
Aaron Schuman

Meysan Dixon

'Mt Corcoran (13,714'), Mt LeConte (13,845'), Mt Mallory (13,845'), Mt Irvine (13,780'), Lone Pine Peak (12,943'), Joe Devel Peak (13,327'), Mt Pickering (13,485'), Mt Langley (14,027')

There are enough tremendously tall and remarkably complex peaks in a small region at the southern end of the Whitney Massif that we can make a base camp and climb all week long. A steep trail leads up from Whitney Portal (7849) to Meysan Lake (10700) in just four miles. From the lake, we will climb many class 2 and 3 peaks until we wish to climb no more. An ice axe may be necessary for self arrest.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com
Co-leader: Joe Baker joe AT joebaker DOT us

Class 2, except for Mt Leconte, which is class 3
Above Lone Pine, from Horseshoe Meadow
Aaron Schuman
Joe Baker

Rule of Thumb

The Thumb (13,346')

The Thumb is a digit extended skyward by the mountain range in an ominous gesture of defiance. The enraged appearance of the peak suggests that it may not be climbed, but we shall seek out a class 3 route. Beginning at the ruins of Glacier Lodge (7796) we will pack primarily on trail to our two-night campsite at Upper Brainard Lake (10800). We will climb over class 3 Southfork Pass (12560), where ice axe and crampons may be necessary. From the pass, the guidebook says the summit route goes class 2, but be prepared for something tougher.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com

Class 3
South Fork of Big Pine Creek
Aaron Schuman

Tehipite Dome

Tehipite Dome (7,708')

Tehipite is the tallest dome in the Sierra Nevada, standing higher by far over the Middle Fork of the Kings River than its famous sibling Half Dome stands over the Merced River. Tehipite would be a California landmark if only it were not so impossibly inaccessible. From an unnamed trailhead south of Wishon Reservoir (6800) in Sierra National Forest, 16 miles of up down up down trail lead us across Crown Creek (7881) to an anonymous point (8400) in Kings Canyon National Park, where we begin 2 miles of cross country travel through forest and brush down to the base of the dome (7500). The summit itself is a class 3 climb, enlivened by an appalling drop of thousands of feet to the river below. Limit 4 participants.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com
Co-leader: Lisa Barboza Lisa.Barboza AT gd-ais DOT com

Exposed class 3 - rope recommended
Wishon Reservoir
Aaron Schuman
Lisa Barboza