You are hereOfficial Trips

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.

Kennedy and Harrington ~ Peak bagging

Kennedy and Harrington

This is an intermediate trip, backpacking and climbing in Sequoia National Park. Participants must be in good physical condition and have experience backpacking. Due to the strenuous nature of the trip, it’s been classified as an intermediate trip. Individual commissary, but we will probably share tents. Open to all. Details:

Friday – after carpool from Bay Area, from TH at 4600 feet, hike in 6.2 miles,, 4000 gain to camp at Frypan Meadow (7800 feet). Saturday, Climb Kennedy – EL 11,433, CL1, 3800 gain, 9 mile RT. Sunday, climb Harrington, EL 11,009, 5.7 miles RT, 2200 gain, and CL3 Summit block. and hike out.

Contact leader: Lisa Barboza, 650/493-8099; lisa.barboza@gd-ais.com

Class 1 and class 3
Kings Canyon (west side of Sierra)
Lisa Barboza
Louise Wholey


Tahoe Backcountry Skiing #2

Tamarack Peak or other, depending upon snow

Come join us for our second of the Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series.
We will ski wherever we can find the best snow, with the target always being fresh deep powder.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

Advanced skiing skills
Tahoe Basin
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Tahoe Backcountry Skiing #3

Castle Peak, Jakes Peak, Mt. Judah, or other, depending on snow

Come join us for our third of the Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series. We will ski wherever we can find the best snow, with the target always being fresh deep powder.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skins, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

Saturday is likely to be Jake's or Rubicon Peak; Sunday Castle or Donner Peak. The choices depend upon weather, snowpack and avalanche conditions.

Advanced skiing skills
Tahoe Basin
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Sierra Ski Mountaineering

To Be Determined

Come join us for our grand finale of the Backcountry Skiing Series, skiing in the high Sierra. The peak will be announced at the beginning of winter.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

This is an MOC trip. (Officially approved by the Mountaineering Committee)

Advanced skiing skills
Tahoe Basin
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra

Carpool: Morgan Hill, 7:00 AM - Carl's Jr. Dunne Ave Exit

Greet the New Year with a fun conditioning hike to the summit of Junipero Serra Peak. It's a 10 mile round trip, 3900 feet gain to the summit. 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 10AM, summit by 2PM and be back at the cars by 5PM. This is a class 1 day hike open to all.

Carpool: 7:00 AM: Meet at Carl's Jr. at Dunne Ave exit from 101 in Morgan Hill and caravan from there.

Note: The requirement for an adventure pass was suspended for this area in 2005. See this link:

http://www.lpfw.org/news/0506adventurepass.htm

For more information, call Lisa @ 650/493-8099 or email at pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org

Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, Jolon Road exit from US-101
Lisa Barboza


Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra (5,862'), King City

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 for this trip as it is a 150 mile drive to the trailhead.

This peak is the 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 10AM, summit by 2PM and be back at the cars by 4PM. This is a class 1 day hike open to all.
Contact Lisa Barboza at Lisa.Barboza(at)gd-ais.com

Class 1
Junipero Serra, King City
Lisa Barboza


Henry Coe Park

Mt. Sizer

This is a wonderful loop with great vistas from the ridge. Strenuous hike with possible stream crossings. Bring water and food for the day.
Please contact the Leaders if you haven't hiked with this group. Heavy rain cancels. Carpool: 7:30 am at Cottle & 85 Park & Ride, or 8:30 am at Henry Coe Park Hdqs.
Leader: Ron Karpel, ronny AT karpel.org

15 - 20 miles;/ 3000 - 4000 feet elevation gain
Henry Coe State Park
Ron Karpel


Kearsarge Pass Peaks

Mt. Gould (13,005'), possibly also Rixford(12,887') and Bago (11,870')

We will climb Gould from Onion Valley via Kearsarge Pass then directly to the summit of Gould on the south facing slope. The summit block is class 3.
If time permits we will traverse to Rixford. We will include Bago in the trip if the group is strong enough by going over Kearsarge Pass to a camp at Kearsarge Lakes. Alternative route depending upon snow and the group is to go around to Golden Trout Lake to ski the east bowl of Gould.

Ski mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, advanced (black diamond) skiing skills for the descent, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Must have avalanche training. WFA & ski patrol experience are a plus. For the summit block I suggest bringing light rock shoes. Equipment required: skis, skins, poles, ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, avalanche beacon, probe, shovel and snow camping gear.

Sierra Club membership is required, as is the club medical form and signing the Sierra Club waiver. The medical form is at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/participantforms/forms/medica....

Send skiing resume to leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey at gmail dot com)

Ski mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, sdvanced skiing skills, excellent physical condition, snow camping experience all required
Onion Valley, Eastside
Louise Wholey


Lyell and Maclure

Lyell (13,114') and Maclure (12,880')

These are Yosemite's most sought-after peaks, so expect the roster to fill up quickly. Friday hike about 10 miles in the relatively flat Lyell Canyon from Tuolumne Meadows TH. Saturday climb the peaks. Sunday hike out. Participants must be in good shape, able to climb snow and ice, experienced in using crampons and an ice axe (prior experience a must) and be able to scramble class 3 rock. We will not carry a rope. Not for beginners.

One wrinkle to consider: it is possible, due to the early date, that Tioga Pass road will still be closed at the time of this trip. If this happens, we will try to decide on an alternate destination that will appeal to most participants.
This is a restricted mountaineering trip requiring Sierra Club membership.
Contact: Ron Karpel, ronny AT karpel.org

Class 3, snow and glacier
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Ron Karpel


Unicorn Peak (10,880'), Cockscomb (11,065'), Echo Peak #4 (~11,100')

Unicorn, Cockscomb, Echo #4

Driving through Tuolumne Meadows one cannot but admire the surrounding peaks. Yet we are often too rushed to reach mountains in faraway places. This time we will stop and enjoy the ones nearby. To add to our fun, we have chosen peaks that require a bit of technical climbing. To be able to use ropes and climb as a group, the technical section is limited to one short pitch of class 4 or so. Participants must have previous mountaineering experience, must have experience with rock route of at least class 3, be experienced in tying in and giving top rope belay, and be in excellent physical condition. Not for beginners!!

This is an official Sierra Club trip. You have to be a Sierra Club member. You must include your Sierra Club number with your application to be considered.
Contact: Ron Karpel, ronny AT karpel.org
Co-contact: Charles Schafer, c_g_schafer AT yahoo.com

Class 4, rock, ropes
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Ron Karpel
Charles Schafer


Upcoming Events