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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.

Mt. Brewer

Mt. Brewer (13,570, class 2)

We will start at roads end in Kings Canyon at 9am on August 22. We will hike up the Bubbs Creek trail, turn off onto the East Lake trail and camp at East Lake on Friday night. The first day will be about 13 miles and 3000 feet. Sat. we will climb the ridge between the south and middle forks of Ouzel creek. This ridge is Class 2. Sat. night we will return to our camp on East Lake and Sun. we will hike out. We will have a busy three days.

Class 2
Kings Canyon, Bubbs Creek Trail
William Kirkpatrick

Mt. Goode & Cloudripper

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

Friday we’ll hike up to camp at Chocolate Lake and then climb Cloudripper. Saturday we’ll hike over to Bishop Lake for a second camp, and then climb Mt. Goode. We’ll hike out on Sunday. This will be a relatively slow-paced trip with the climbing easy for the most part (although it's class 3 on Cloudripper) -- appropriate for beginners who have done a bit of climbing.

Class 2, 3
Eastern Sierra, South Lake
Charles Schafer

Mt. Langley

Mt. Langley (14,026')

This will be a good trip for people trying to get their first 14er. We will meet at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead on Sept. 12 at 11am. We will hike about 6 miles into our camp which will be either at Long Lake or one of the Cottonwood Lakes. Sat. we will climb the peak using either Old Army Pass or New Army Pass, depending on conditions. We will return to our camp and then depending on time either spend another night or hike out to our cars. The whole trip is about 21 miles.

Class 2
Eastern Sierra, Cottonwood Lakes
William Kirkpatrick

Twin Peaks, Virginia

Twin Peaks (12323'), Virginia (12001')

Saturday, hike in from Green Creek TH (5.5 miles north of Conway Summit on Hwy 395), 3400 feet gain, camp at lake 10,500. Climb 1
peak if time. Sunday, climb other peak and hike out. CL2 climbing.

Co-leader needed.

Tim Hult

Mt. Conness

Mt Conness (12590 ft), East Ridge

Start on Saturday morning from Saddlebag Lake to dayhike one of the most striking peaks of the Yosemite high country by the east ridge. This route is mostly class-2 with some class-3 sections. We will stay below the crest of the east ridge to skirt the class-4 (and harder sections). We will descend by the 'usual' class-2 route via the notch between Conness and White.

It is recommended that you drive up on Friday evening to be ready in time for an early start on Saturday morning.

Meet in front of the boathouse from where the ferry departs, at Saddlebag Lake at 7 am. Note that we will not be taking the ferry.

Class 3
Saddlebag Lake, Yosemite
Arun Mahajan
Stephane Mouradian

Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney (14,495)

We will meet at Whitney Portal at 6am on Sat. morning. We will plan to climb the mountain using the standard trail. The round trip to the top and return is about 22 miles. We should get back to our cars shortly after dark. We will have a turn around time to avoid being on the more difficult sections of the trail in the darkness. If there has been significant snow, then it is possible that we will need to carry crampons. This is unlikely. Although crowded this is a climb of great beauty.

Class 1
Eastern Sierra, Whitney Portal
William Kirkpatrick

Crag Peak and Smith Mountain

Crag Pk. (9480', Class 3), Smith Mtn. (9533', Cl. 2)

Beginner trip, with car-camp at Kennedy Meadow in the southern Sierra. Arrive Friday evening, leave Sunday afternoon. Be prepared for fall mountain conditions, but snow cancels. Saturday: climb Crag Pk. -- round trip 8.6 miles on trail plus 4.4 miles cross-country, with 3200' gain. Sunday: climb Smith Mtn. -- round trip 4 miles cross-country, 1400' gain; and drive home.

Class 2 and 3
Southern Sierra, Kennedy Meadows
Lisa Barboza

Onion Valley peaks - car camp

Rixford, Kearsarge, Gould

Carcamp at Onion Valley for Autumn climbing.
Saturday: Climb Rixford, Gould (1s3). 15 mile RT, 5000 gain. 10 miles on trail, 5 miles cross country
Sunday: Climb Kearsarge. 5.5 miles RT, 3400 gain. 3 miles on trail, 2. 5 miles cross country.

Eastern Sierra, Onion Valley
Lisa Barboza
Jesper Schou

Snow Mountain

Snow Mtn. (7056', northern Coast Range)

This 15-mile day-hike ascends 4000' from the Deafy Glade trailhead to the dual summits. Besides being the namesake peak of Snow Mountain Wilderness, it is also the high point of two counties -- Colusa and Lake. Car-camping is available nearby, enabling our 8:00 AM start. Contact the leader for more details.

Kelly A Maas

Junipero Serra Peak

Junipero Serra Pk. (5862')

This is an annual January Loma Prieta Peak-Climbing Section tradition. It's a 12-mile round trip to the summit of the peak. We'll be carpooling from San Jose, as it is a 150-mile drive to the trailhead. This peak is the 2nd highest in the Santa Lucia range. On the summit, we'll find exotic ponderosa pine, white fir, and other plants normally associated with the Sierra. We'll start at the trailhead at 10 AM, summit by 2 PM and be back at the cars by 4 PM. This is a class 1 day-hike open to all.

Class 1
Santa Lucia Range of Monterey County
Lisa Barboza