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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.

Kern Peak

Kern Peak (11,510)

Climb this remote peak in the southern Sierra near Kennedy Meadows. Satday we will backpack from the Black Rock Trail Head at 8,960' for 8.6 miles with 1500' of gain (with ups and downs) to camp at Redrock Meadows at 8,626'. Then we will climb class 2 Kern Peak in 11 miles and 2,884' of gain, including 6 miles of cross-country. Sunday we will backpack out in 8.6 miles and 1800' of gain (with ups and downs). Note the trail head is 334 feet higher than our camp site. Moderate exertion.Climb this remote peak in the southern Sierra near Kennedy Meadows. Satday we will backpack from the Black Rock Trail Head at 8,960' for 8.6 miles with 1500' of gain (with ups and downs) to camp at Redrock Meadows at 8,626'. Then we will climb class 2 Kern Peak in 11 miles and 2,884' of gain, including 6 miles of cross-country. Sunday we will backpack out in 8.6 miles and 1800' of gain (with ups and downs). Note the trail head is 334 feet higher than our camp site. Moderate exertion.

Class 2, moderate trip
Southern Sierra, Kennedy Meadows
Louise Wholey


Amelia Earhart Peak and either Dana or Toulumne Peak (group choice)

Amelia Earhart (11982), Dana or Toulumne

Spend two days in the awesome Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite. We’ll be doing two day hikes: on Saturday we’ll meet early at our trailhead to climb the class 2 Amelia Earhart, one of the lesser known Yosemite peaks. This is a 16 mile round trip. On Sunday we’ll summit Mount Dana, class 1, or Toulumne Peak, class 1. This will be a shorter day, so participants should be able to head back by late afternoon.

Class 2, moderate trip
Yosemite National Park
Joe Baker
Judy Molland


Mt. Lola

Mt. Lola (9,148)

This will be trail day-hike up Mt Lola. We will meet at Henness Pass Road, near Hwy 89 (~15 miles north of Hwy 80 from Truckee) at 9:00am to carpool to the trailhead. To join the trip leave a phone message indicating interest.

Class 1, beginner trip
Near Truckee
James Wholey
Natalie Guishar


Gibbs

MT Gibbs (12765')

Saturday we'll day hike Mt Gibbs, an often overlooked neighbor of Mt Dana in the Tioga Pass area. We'll see what people feel like on Sunday, with perhaps a day hike of Mt Warren, in roughly the same area but on the east side.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip and the climbing will be easy, so it should be appropriate for beginners with a bit of stamina. I won't exclude climbers with experience however. There should be some really neat views from both peaks.

Class 1
Charles Schafer


Goddard, Scylla (High Sierra from the west side)

Goddard, Scylla, Henry, Red Mtn, McGee, Black Giant

A chance to explore the beautiful Ionian Basin. We’ll start from Florence Lake, making our way initially along the John Muir trail, before going cross-country to our first peak, Mt. Henry. From there, we’ll be heading into Goddard Canyon, where we’ll summit Mt. McGee and Mt. Goddard, before arriving at the magnificent Ionian Basin, where we’ll climb Scylla and finally Black Giant. Peaks are class 1 and 2.

Class 2, extended trip
Florence Lake, west side
Joe Baker
Judy Molland


Kearsarge Peak

Kearsarge Peak (12,598)

Saturday we’ll go after Kearsarge Peak. Sunday is open for discussion. There are a number of peaks in the area that can be dayhiked, or some may want to opt for an early start to a long drive home.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip and the climbing will be easy, so it should be appropriate for beginners with a bit of stamina, or experienced climbers who want to regale beginners with tales of brave deeds and daring exploits.

Class 1
Onion Valley, East Side
Charles Schafer


Cherry Creek Canyon

Cherry Creek Canyon

Another no-peaks trip, this will conclude my Yosemite canyon trilogy of 2008-09. I've done this a couple of times, but I can't resist repeating it.
We start at Cherry Lake (reached from Sonora or Hwy 120), and the first day we hike upstream on the Kibbie Ridge trail, then drop down into a wonderland of granite that forms the upper part of the creek. On Sunday, we do a trail-less descent of the creek, sometimes traversing steep rock to avoid having to swim through pools. The water flow will be low in September. As usual, we'll bypass the committing "teacup" section. Unlike my previous trips, this time we'll be early enough in the season that the gate at Cherry Lake will be open and we can drive an additional 4.5 miles, which will eliminate 9 miles of hiking on a dirt road. yeah!

http://www.climber.org/TripReports/2001/730.html

Class 2+
Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite NW boundary
Kelly A Maas


Mt Goode & Cloudripper

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

Friday we’ll hike up to Chocolate Lake where we’ll set up camp and then climb Cloudripper. Saturday we’ll hike over to Bishop Lake where we’ll set up another camp and then climb Mt. Goode. Then on Sunday we’ll hike back out.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip and the climbing will for the most part be easy (although it will be class 3 on Cloudripper), so it should be appropriate for relative beginners who have done a bit of climbing.

Class 2, 3
Eastside of the Sierras (Maps Mt. Thompson and No.Palisade 7 1/2)
Charles Schafer


Langley

Mount Langley 14000+ feet

This is a good beginner trip. On the first day we meet in late morning at the Cotton Wood trailhead (10000feet) and hike into Long Lake, about 5 to 6 miles. We will have a beautiful camping site by a lake. The next morning we get a moderately early start and climb the mountain by way of New Army Pass. We will have about 5 miles and 3000 vertical feet to the summit. We should get back to our camp by mid-afternoon. After a short break we will break camp and return to our cars. We should reach the cars before dark.

Class 1
Eastside - Lone Pine/Cotton Wood trailhead


Tower Peak, 11,755'

Tower Peak

We'll use the holiday weekend to do a relatively relaxed 3-day climb of Tower Peak, which the guide books seem to consider is the northern boundary of the "High Sierra."

Leaving from Leavitt Meadows on Hwy 108, the approach is somewhat over 10 miles, mostly on trail, with minimal elevation gain. We'll climb the peak on day 2, and retrace our steps on day 3. The class 3 section is only near the end. Most of the peak is class 2.

Leader: Kelly Maas (408) 378-5311; kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com

Class 3
Yosemite N boundary
Kelly A Maas


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