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Official Trips

Please read the Guidelines for Participants before applying for any of these trips.

Official Trips are sponsored by the Sierra Club.

A separate list of unofficial trips that may be of interest is maintained here.

In addition to the trips listed below, an advanced trip schedule was developed at the 10/16/10 trip planning meeting. These trips aren't guaranteed to go: in most cases, permits have not yet been secured.

Siretta (9977) and Taylor (8802)

Join us for carcamping in the Big Meadow in the Southern Sierra. Enjoy wildflowers, satisfying climbs, and early spring fun. Siretta is suitable for beginners (CL1) and Taylor will require intermediate skills (CL3).

Class 1 (Siretta) and 3 (Taylor)
Lisa Barboza

Backcountry Skiing - Florence, Vandever, and Sawtooth

The bowls of Mineral King have been coveted for commercial development for years. Now is a chance to visit them and their accompanying peaks for great spring skiing. Stay in Silver City (make your own arrangements) and do day trips on one or more days over this long Memorial Day weekend. See Paul Richins book Ski and Snowboard Summits for details on skiing Florence, Vandever and Sawtooth.

Intermediate skiing skills required for bowl skiing. Peak-bagging is likely to require advanced skiing skills on more difficult terrain.

Intermediate to Advanced Skills
Louise Wholey

Striped, Cardinal, Goodale

Spring is a great time to access many beautiful peaks from the lower trailheads in the Sierra. This trip is an ambitious attempt to climb all three peaks after a long approach. Excellent physical condition and some altitude experience is required. There may be some snow. Permit: 4.

Louise Wholey

Dunderberg, Excelsior

Dunderberg, Excelsior

These class 2 peaks are in the boundary region northeast of Yosemite. Start at trailhead near Virginia Lakes (9800) for a 1-night backpack with climbs on each day. Trip is suitable for beginners. Depending on conditions, we might decide to day-hike these peaks and stay at the campground. Peaks are 2-5 miles of hiking, about 2500 feet of gain. Send climbing resume with conditioning and recent experience. Carpool from Bay Area.

Class 2
Northeast of Yosemite
Lisa Barboza

Disaster & Highland Peaks

Disaster (10047') & Highland (10935') Peaks

These are relatively slow-paced day-hikes, suitable for beginners. Both peaks are class 2 (See the last page of Scree what that means). We will car-camp near Sonora Pass for one hike, then move to Ebbetts Pass for the other. This is an area of the Sierra that we don�t often explore, so the hikes should be enjoyable.

Class 2
Sonora Pass
Charles Schafer

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