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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


Castle Peak Day Hike

Castle Peak

We will meet at the north end of the Castle Peak - Boreal Ridge turnoff road from Highway 80 (0.6 miles west of Donner Pass). This will be a beginners day hike up Castle Peak, and a likely return along a ridge to Basin Mountain and back past Peter Grubb hut.
Contact James Wholey at jnwholey AT yahoo.com; phone 530-550-9286

Class 1
Donner Summit
James Wholey


Run the Table - Table Mountain and More

Backpack over Shepherd Pass and up the Milestone drainage to camp (2 days). Climb Table from the southeast, class 3, move camp to JMT. Climb Cal Tech from the SE, move camp to Bighorn Plateau. Climb Barnard and Trojan via SW slope of Barnard, traverse to Trojan. Climb Tunnabora via Wallace Lake if time and start hiking out. Hike out. If we get ahead of schedule, maybe climb Picket Guard.

This is a moderately difficult trip with some challenging class 3 climbing and difficult route-finding on Table. The other peaks are much easier - class 2. Getting over Shepherd Pass may require ice axe and crampons.

Mountaineering experience is required, including travel over snow using ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition are all required. Equipment required: crampons, ice axe, helmet. People need to know how to handle being belayed.

This trip requires Sierra Club membership, filling out a medical form,and signing a liability waiver.
Email: louisewholey AT yahoo.com

Shepherd Pass, Eastside
Louise Wholey
Aaron Schuman


Julius Caesar (13,200'+)

Mt. Julius Caesar (13,200'+)

This is a restricted trip requiring Sierra Club membership. Saturday we will backpack to Honeymoon Lake (10,400') for our camp, 6.4 miles, 3000 ft gain. Sunday will be a long day with a very early start. We will climb Julius Caesar (13,200'+), 10 miles round trip with about 3000' of elevation gain. Monday hike out.
This is a moderately difficult trip. We plan to use skis or snowshoes in Granite Basin (expect good corn snow for skiing). Early morning snow will be firm for travel with crampons and ice axes. The peak is class 2. One leader will be on skis and the other on snowshoes. Mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear, and snowshoes or skis, skins, poles, and ski crampons. Recent snowshoe or backcountry skiing experience are required.
Contact Louise Wholey at louisewholey@yahoo.com

Recent mountaineering experience required
Pine Creek, Eastside
Louise Wholey
James Wholey