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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.

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

Senator, You are no Mount Kennedy (part 2)

Kennedy Mtn (11,433')

From Cedar Grove (5035), we’ll pack up the Copper Creek trail. We’ll set up camp in or above Upper Tent Meadow (9189). Saturday, we’ll hike over Granite Pass (10673) to the north side of the Monarch Divide, traverse up and down through the Volcanic Lakes basin, pass East Kennedy Lake (10100), climb Kennedy Mountain (11433) and return to our camp. Memorial Weekend 2011, this trip was stopped at 11000 feet by a blizzard. It’ll be a different experience as an October outing.

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

Class 2
Kings Canyon Cedar Grove
Aaron Schuman


Mt. Vogelsang (11,516')

We'll hike up Rafferty Creek from the Dog Lake trailhead on Saturday to our camp near Vogelsang Lake. On Sunday we'll climb the class 2 route, and plan to summit our peak by noon. Following our successful climb, we'll return to camp, pack up and head out by late afternoon. Permit for 6. Leader Joe Baker.

Contact co-leader, Judy Molland,, for more information.

Class 2
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Joe Baker
Judy Molland

Gould and Dragon

Mt Gould (13005') and Dragon Peak (12955')

We'll hike the short trail from Onion Valley to a camp near Golden Trout Lake on Saturday. Sunday we'll climb the class 3 south ridge of Dragon Peak from Gould Pass and then traverse south to climb the class 2 north side of Mt Gould, returning to camp to pack up and hike out.

Leader: Terry Cline,

Class 3
Golden Trout Lake above Onion Valley
Terry Cline

Black Hawk

Black Hawk Mountain (10,348')

Start from the Kennedy Meadow Resort, west of Sonora Pass in the
Stanislaus National Forest. Sat backpack to camp, 8 miles with 2,900’
of gain. Sunday early morning climb the peak, and hike out. Contact
Arun for sign ups.

Leader(s): Linda Sun
Arun Mahajan

Class 2
Kennedy Meadow Resort, west of Sonora Pass
Linda Sun
Arun Mahajan

Kaiser Peak

Kaiser Peak (10,310')

"Kaiser Loop Trail" - 15 mile loop trail from Deer Creek Trailhead to Billy Creek.
This is a strenuous trail that combines a climb to an outstanding panoramic view of the high Sierra from the summit, an opportunity to climb Kaiser peak, and a lovely hike through the forest and meadows of the lower portion of the Kaiser Wilderness.
Leader Tim Hult. Permit is for 4, please contact timdhultatsbcglobaldotnet

Class 2 peak
Huntington Lake/ near Fresno
Tim Hult

South Warner Wilderness Loop

Circumnavigate Warner Mountain Range

South Warner Wilderness Loop "Late September - Early October"
Objective of this 3- 4 day, 40 mile loop trip will be to circumnavigate the Warner Mountain Range in NE CA, about 20+ miles from Alturas. Leader is seeking partners interested in exploring dates for this trip and to discuss logistics. The loop trip begins and ends at Pepperdine trailhead with all travel except optional peaks on class 1 trail (Summit trail to Owl Creek Trail). Potential class 2 Peaks: Eagle Peak (9892 ft), Warrent Peak (9710 ft).
contact: timdhultatsbcglobaldotnet for a discussion of this trip, planning and timing.

Class 1 and 2
Warner Mountain Range
Tim Hult

Sill, Temple Crag, Gayley

Sill (14,153'), Temple Crag (12,900'), Gayley (13,510')

Climbing in the Palisades region. This will be a strenuous 4-5 day trip to climb these 3 peaks. Depending on snow, plan on bringing ice axe, crampons, and bear canisters. We will start at Glacier Lodge and hike in up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek to Lake Elinore, or higher in the scree field near Lake 11,744. Climbers must be in good condition, comfortable on class 4 rock. Day 1, hike in to Lake Elinore or higher, 2500' gain, 6 miles. Day 2, climb Temple Crag via Contact Pass, class 3. Day 3, climb Sill via Glacier Pass, North Col route, class 3-4 and then climb Gayley from Glacier Pass via the class 3 Golden Staircase; 4500' gain, 6 miles. Day 4, hike out.

Leaders: Lisa Barboza ( and Bob Wyka

Class 3-4, ice-axe, crampons, helmets required
Big Pine - Glacier Lodge
Lisa Barboza

Matterhorn Peak

Matterhorn (12,279')

We'll meet at the trailhead for Robinson Creek at Mono Village Resort, the west end of Twin Lakes, on Saturday morning. (We are taking this trail, rather than Horse Creek, because we can only reserve for 4 on the Horse Creek trail.) We'll hike up the Robinson Creek trail, and camp on the other side of Mule Pass. That's about 14 miles and around 3500' of gain, so it will be a long, hot day, but all on trail. Next day we'll hike the short distance to Burro Pass, then up Matterhorn, and come back via the Horse Creek trail (8 miles). We should be back at our cars by late afternoon. Permit for 8. Leader Joe Baker. Contact Co-leader Judy Molland ( for more information.

Class 1 and 2, but strenuous
Twin Lakes, Eastside of the Sierras, Bridgeport
Joe Baker
Judy Molland