|Works As A Provisional?||Matt's YMMV Rating||Matt's Relative Difficulty Scale||Recommended Days||Stats||Region||Trailhead||Trip Report||Map|
|Best of The Best|
|Mount Ian Campbell||Off list peak seldom visited and the permit seems easy to get.||Mt Ian Campbell (10,616’)||I||No||3/3||Easy||2||Western Sierra|
|Duck Lake Lake Mary to Lake George Loop||Very easy approach and peak. Hike in via Lake Mary Duck Lake TH is is an easy approach. Camping at Pika Lake can by busy but there are places further from the lake that can be more isolated. Hike out via Mammoth Crest is highly recommended as it's spectacular.||Duck Lake Peak (12,051')||I||No||3/3||Easy||2|
Day 1: 5.3 miles, 2,000' gain
Day 2: 11.2 miles, 3,000' gain
|Mammoth||Duck Pass TH||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/08/duck-lake-peak-pika-lake-loop-wtc.html||https://caltopo.com/m/270D|
|Lone Pine Peak from Meysan Lakes||Take students up the peak everyone mistakes for Whitney because it's way more awesome!|
Solid trail up to the lakes with great views. Route up Lone Pine looks more difficult than it is you just have to take your time on loose ish sand.
Spectacular area which isn't nearly as heavily used as nearby Whitney Portal. Great camping at Grass Lake. May need to head up to Meysan to swim
|Lone Pine Peak (12,944')||I||3/3||Moderate||2|
Day 1: 5.1 miles, 3,500'
Day 3: 8.4 miles, 2,500'
|Whitney Portal||Meysan Lake||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/07/mount-mallory-and-lone-pine-peak-from.html||https://caltopo.com/m/G0MR|
|Panamint City & Sentinel||Desert trip involving a slightly rough backpack up a canyon to an old mining town. Lots of mines to explore but be aware SC frowns on killing people in collapsing dirt holes. Town is very fun to explore.|
Best camping is at The Castle in Sugarloaf Canyon. If that is occupied you can camp near water at Thompson Camp. Wouldn't recommend staying at the Hilton due to the amount of traffic and hanta virus risk. Also the area has a lot of debrie.
It's possible to add Porter as well but I wouldn't recommend it as it's a long slog out the ridge and back.
|Sentinel Peak (9,634')||I||I||3/3||Strenuous||2-3|
Day 1: 7.5 miles, 5,900' (Thompson Camp)
Day 2: 13.2 miles, 3,800'
|Red Slate||Can be done from the far side of McGee Pass which is spectacular. Strongly recommend camping at Tully Lake and climbing via Lee and Cecil since it's pretiest. Descent down towards McGee pass and cut down the southeast face to regain the trail.|
This also has a famouse e rated snow chute.
Day 1: 12.5 miles, 4,200'
Day 2: 7 miles, 3,000'
Day 3: 12 miles, 1,500'
|Eastern Sierra||McGee Pass||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/08/red-slate-mountain-wtc-experience-trip.html||https://caltopo.com/m/AQHK|
|Maggie Mountain via Maggie Lakes||Beutiful camp where you can have campfires. May be crowded with packers during the summer. Peak is an easy cross country scramble||N Maggie Mtn (10,234')||I||No||3/3||Easy||3|
Day 1: 10.5 miles, 2700 ft to camp
Day 2: 3 miles, 1200 ft RT to Maggie
10.5 miles, 1900 out
|Western Sierra||Summit TH||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2012/10/north-maggie-moses-from-maggie-lakes.html||http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8139325120_db76c702ec_o.jpg|
|Mount Florence Mineral King||One of the prettier peaks you can climb in Mineral King. Drive is the hardest part and camp spots can be a challenge.||Florence Peak (12,432’)||I||No||3/3||Moderate||2 or 3||Western Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2014/08/florence-peak-and-ill-advised-attempt.html|
|Hengst & White Chief in Mineral King||Easy peaks, beutiful area. Biggest challenge is the drive out to Mineral King which is a very windey road|
Hengst Peak (11,146')
White Chief Peak (11,159')
Miners Ridge (10,823')
Miners Nose (9,423')
|Mount Baldwin via Convinct Canyon||One of the pretiest options out there if you can secure a permit. Baldwin stands out from any direction and the climb includes a calcite deposit often reffered to as the dragons hoard. |
Note we took the shortcut up to Bright Dot Lake which most people would describe as rough cross country. Doable but you can also take the longer route we used on descent.
Also this won't be doable early season due to the stream crossing. Come prepared with poles and water shoes and you shouldn't have a problem. We managed to get across with boots on the two times I've been up here./
Day 1: 6.35 miles, 3,100' gain
Day 2: 10.93 miles, 2,500' gain
|Eastern Sierra||Convict Canyon TH||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/09/mount-baldwin-via-convict-canyon-to.html||https://caltopo.com/m/MRE4|
|Dragon, Gould, and Kearsarge||Good 2 day M+ training trip|
Kearsarge Peak (12,615’)
Dragon Peak (12,927’)
Mount Gould (13,005’)
|M or E||No||3/3||Moderate||2|
Day 1: 5.25 miles, 3,400'
Day 2: 7 miles, 2,500'
|Eastern Sierra||Onion Valley||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2014/07/dragon-peak-to-gould-ridge-traverse.html||https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/24214315992/in/dateposted-public/|
|Kern Peak||Beutiful but milage in can be difficult. Use the trail for the walkoff but make sure you come at the peak cross country. Jordan Hot Springs is also in the area but be aware some of the trails around there are decayed||I||No||3/3||Moderate|
|Mount Baggo From Onion Valley||Spectacular views from Bago though the camping is just so so. My favorite spot is actually Kearsarge Lakes but further back from the trail. Onion Valley / Kearsarge Pass trailhead is heavily used.||I||No||3/3||Moderate||Eastern Sierra||http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7998199146_f8a755899e_o.jpg|
|Rixford from Onion Valley||Spectacular views though the approach is a challenge. My favorite camping spot is actually Kearsarge Lakes but further back from the trail. Onion Valley / Kearsarge Pass trailhead is heavily used. It can be a sand slog depending how you head up the peak from the trail but the views up top are well worth it||I||No||3/3||Strenuous||Eastern Sierra||http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7998199146_f8a755899e_o.jpg|
|Three Sisters (Option cl 3 Dogtooth) at Courtright||Spectacular area, lakeside camping with fires allowed, Dogtooth is a fun bonus peak that's easy fun 3rd class. Only downside is the drive is long.||I||No||3/3||Easy||2||Western Sierra||http://firstchurchofthemasochist.blogspot.com/2013/05/4th-annual-memorial-day-massacre.html|
|Seven Gables & Gemini||These are a ways back but but spectacular. Trailhead is high clearance. 13 mile day to get in / out but most people report it's a gentle day considering the stats||I||Maybe?||3/3||Strenuous||4||Western Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2013/09/seven-gables-gemini-from-lake-thomas.html||http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/9678509971/|
|Alta Peak from Wolverton||Beutiful and easy. You have to do cross country from the meadow to the summit to make it count as a WTC experience trip and even then this is a little weak. Suitable for weaker students||I||No||3/3||Easy||2||Western Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2013/08/alta-peak-via-alta-meadow-wtc.html|
|Iron Mountain from Devil's Postpile||You have to really watch your time but this is doable as a two day.||I||I||3/3||Moderate||2 or 3||Mammoth||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2013/07/iron-mountain-from-devils-postpile-for.html||http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/9350237855/|
|Izaak Walton||Camp at Tully Lake. 2nd and 3rd class options exist on Walton itself. We intentionally did the 3rd class route in the report. Lake makes for very nice camping & swimming. You do have to get across McGee Pass which can be covered in snow early season and is 12k but the approach is beutiful and gentle||Izaak Walton||I or M||No||3/3||Moderate||3|
In to Tully Lake: 13 miles, 4200'
Tully To Summit: 5 miles, 2000'
Tully to trailhead: 13 miles, 1000'
|Eastern Sierra||McGee Creek||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2014/06/mount-izaak-walton-northeast-ridge-via.html||http://caltopo.com/map?id=3K7C (Shows 3rd class route)|
|Twin & Virginia||Much nicer done as an M so you don't have to drop off the ridge||I or M||No||3/3||Strenuous||3||Eastern Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2015/06/twin-peaks-virginia-peak-via-green-creek.html|
|University Peak from Onion Valley||Has been done as an I from Kearsarge Lakes or more often as an M-Rock or M-Snow from before Kearsarge Pass. Be warned the I route is a bit on the loose side.||I or M-Rock||M-Rock||3/3||Easy / Moderate||Eastern Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2015/07/university-peak-up-north-face-and-down.html|
|Mount Winchell||Camping at Sam Mack is spectacular and the approach has you walking below the Palisades. Challenging due to all the boulder hoping but well worth it.||M-Rock||M-Rock||3/3||Strenuous||3||Eastern Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2016/08/mount-winchell-wtc-experience-trip.html||https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/29700903950/in/dateposted-public/|
|Temple Crag from South Fork Big Pine||Classic peak that everyone reacts to when they see a picture of it. Big Pine trailheads can be hard to get permits for.|
Be ready for a boots off stream crossing once you start up south fork. Plan to camp at 10k on the way up towards Temple Crag. Elinore Lake works also but it's a lot of extra work,
There's some route finding once you start climbing the peak but most of the 3rd class is in the last 150 ft.
|Temple Crag (12976')||M-Rock||M-Rock||3/3||Strenuous||2-3|
Day 1: 7.2 miles, 4,300'
Day 2: 9.3 miles, 3,100'
|Eastern Sierra||Big Pine South Fork||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/07/temple-crag-from-south-fork-big-pine.html||https://caltopo.com/m/CNR6|
|Mount Vandever & White Chief Cave System||Honestly the 3rd class on Vendever is pretty pathetic consisting of misidentified loose class 2. However the cave's below make the entire trip more then worth it.|
Don't emphasize the caves as Sierra Club will likely freak out. Most of the time you can just walk into them but if it's early season there is some 3rd class potential
|I / M-Rock||3/3||Moderate||3|
Day 1: 4.5 miles, 1,900'
Day 2: 5.48 miles, 2,700'
Day 3: 2.85 miles, 0'
|Mineral King||Mineral King||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/07/vandever-mountain-cirque-cave-white.html||https://caltopo.com/m/PE77|
North & Conness 3rd Class Variations From Lundy
|This is a purposfully more difficult route to make things interesting but works very well for a M-Rock provisional. Approaching from Lundy Canyon has a bit of scrambling but drops you back at the lakes. Spectacular area and non quota so it works almost anytime|
North Peak (12,242')
Mount Conness (12,590')
Day 1: 4.3 miles, 2,300'
Day 2: 8.3 miles 2,900' (Conness)
Day 3: 9.2 miles, 2,100' (North & Out)
|Eastern Sierra||Lundy Canyon||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2013/09/north-conness-3rd-class-routes-from.html|
|Goat Mountain from Roads End||This is a buttkicker but easily doable with a strong group. Solid trail for doing the gain and beutiful camping at Grouse Lake.||I||No||3/3||Strenuous||2|
Day 1: 9.4 miles, 5,600'
Day 2: 12.5 miles, 1,800'
|Western Sierra||Copper Creek Trailhead||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/08/goat-mountain-wtc-experience-trip.html||https://caltopo.com/m/HPQD|
|Matterhorn & Whorl||Whorl is a 3rd class scramble with major route finding challenges which can easily by combined with Matterhorn as a bonus peak. PERMITS: Snail mail only, but NO PERMIT REQUIRED after september 15th. 8 person limit.||M-Rock||No||3/3||Difficult||2|
1k/1.5 mile summit (Matterhorn)
& 1.5k/3.5 mile summit (Whorl)
|Ritter & Banner||Crown jewels of the Mammoth area. Snow conditions make or break this trip and many a group has turned back due to icy snow||M-Snow||M-Snow||3/3||Difficult||Eastern Sierra|
|Mount Hurd From Treasure Lakes||Hurd is easily accessible from South Lake and has a number of routes of varying difficulty.||M-Rock||3/3||Moderate||2|
Day 1: 3 miles, 1,300'
Day 2: 5.5 miles, 2,300'
|Eastern Sierra||South Lake||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/08/trapezoid-johnson-and-hurd-peaks-alpine.html||https://caltopo.com/m/RTGJ|
|Piute Mountain from Robinson Creek||Spectacular area which is non quota late in the year||Piute Mountain (10,541')||M-Rock||M-Rock||3/3||Strenuous||3|
Day 1: 10.8 miles, 3,100'
Day 2: 16.8 miles, 4,200'
Day 3: 10.2 miles, 800'
|Eastern Sierra||Robinson Creek||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/09/piute-mountain-from-robinson-creek.html||https://caltopo.com/m/2K4E|
|Mount Starr King||This can be done as a dayhike but it's 16 miles round trip. Peak itself is 2 low 5th class slab pitches and you'll be using a rope. At least 2 ropes are required and bring a fair rack. There's water flowing above the trail and below the peak but it runs dry if you go too high.||Mount Starr King (9,092')||E||E-Rock||3/3||Easy to Moderate||1 to 3||Yosemite|
|Mount Clark In Yosemite||Awesome 3rd class peak with an opporunity to lead a 3rd class pitch and an exposted step across. You will use a rope but it's very rewarding.||Mount Clark (11,522’)||E-Rock||E-Rock||3/3||Strenuous||3|
Day 1: 10.4, 1,800'
DSay 2: 4.8 miles, 3,700'
Day 3: 8.7 miles, 1,100'
Glacier Point or Mono Meadows
|Mount Davis via Thousand Island Lakes||Beutiful area but Davis is harder than it looks. Seems like everyone has a long summit day.|
Challenging nav once you reach the saddle above Thousand Island Lake.
|Mount Davis (12,303’)||I||I||2/3||Strenuous||3|
Day 1: 10.5 miles, 2,100'
Day 2: 5.5 miles, 2,800'
Day 3: 10.3 miles, 955'
|Eastern Sierra||River TH||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2014/09/mt-davis-from-thousand-island-lake-wtc.html||https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/16580575581/|
|Hockett Peak via Trout Meadow||This trailhead opens early and the only major stream crossing required has a bridge so this is perfect for early season trips. We did it the weekend before the 4th of July and it was a bit on the warm side though. |
Water was avaliable from a spring near camp or back along the trail at Trout Meadow. Hockett was a nice climb though a few people thought it was a long day doing the peak and hiking out.
You can also camp at the old FS station in Trout Meadow which was a water spigot and outhouses!
|Hockett Peak (8,552')||I||I||2/3||Strenuous||2|
Day 1: 9.25 miles, 2000'
Day 2: 15.3 miles, 4200'
|Mt Crocker from McGee Pass||Can approach from McGee Creek and camp at Steelhead Lake. The climb up to the lake is all on trail but feels a lot longer than it is.|
Good camping at the Lake. Peak only has a short section of class 3 but is suitable for a WTC trip.
|Mount Crocker (12,458')||M-Rock||2/3||Strenuous||2|
Day 1: 5.9 miles, 2,300'
Day 2: 11.9 miles, 2,400'
|Eastern Sierra||McGee Creek||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/08/mount-crocker-from-mcgee-creek-and.html||https://caltopo.com/m/ED5U|
|San Joaquin & Two Teats from June Lake||Beutifully scenic peaks usually done as a dayhike but the wilderness area behind June makes this a nice two day backpack complete with lake camping. |
Difficulty comes in gaining the ridge but the further back you go the easier it gets. Also Fern Lake looked promising but you can't get a night drop permit going this way.
Note that one of the teats is 3rd class so you can only do the higher one.
San Joaquin Mtn (11,549')
Two Teats (11,352')
Day 1: 3.1 miles, 1,600'
Day 2: 12.2 miles, 3,800'
|Warren Peak from Lundy Canyon||Camp at Oneida Lake which is spectacular and allows campfires. Trailhead is non quota so you just have to call the day before and you can take groups as big as 15 up here.|
We ran into a lot of water on the trail in 2017 but that could have just been the high snow year.
Be prepared for loose rock on the backside of the pass. Consider doing this as a three day since the summit push can be difficult and it's a long drive home after.
Mount Warren (12,327')
Warren Fin (12,160')
|I||No||2/3||Moderate||2 or 3|
Day 1: 3.9 miles and 1,950'
Day 2: 10.06 miles and 3,000'
|East Side North||Lakes Canyon / Lundy Area||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/07/mount-warren-via-lake-canyon-and-lake.html||https://caltopo.com/m/E1U1|
|USGS Crag & Deer Mountain||Trailhead requires a permit but is non quota. It's open early and the only river crossing is at a bridge so it's perfect for early season trips. If you go too late it's going to be really warm but the water sources should all be flowing.|
We did both Crag and Deer which made this a very strenous trip. Just hiking in to Becks Meadow to camp and then doing Deer Mountain would make in an easy moderate.
Crag from Clover was very steep but the terrain is easy. Deer was a big brushy but much easier. Both have very nice views.
Crag USGS (9,440')
Deer Mountain (9,400')
|I||No||2/3||Strenuous||2 or 3|
Day 1: 14.7 miles, 4,800'
Day 2: 12.9 miles, 2,000'
Kennedy Meadows Campground
|USGS Crag From Becks Meadow||Trailhead is Kennedy Meadows Campground which is permit required but is non quota. It's open early and the only river crossing is at a bridge so it's perfect for early season trips. If you go too late it's going to be really warm but the water sources should all be flowing.|
Becks Meadow has a really nice camp up the ridge from the PCT which has a fire pit and avoids the crowds down the hill. There is water where you leave the trail or you can drop down to the meadow on the far side.
Both USGS and SPS Crag can be done from this side but SPS Crag is 3rd class.
|Crag USGS (9,440')||I||No||2/3||Moderate|
Day 1: 9 miles, 2,300'
Day 2: 15 miles, 2400'
Kennedy Meadows Campground
|Cirque Peak From Horseshoe Meadows||Approach via South Fork Cottonwood Creek is a trail and highly recommended over the normal Cottonwood Creek trail. Peak can be done from multiple directions but ridge south of Cirque Lake is passable.||Cirque Peak||I||No||2/3||Moderate||2 or 3|
Day 1: 6.6 miles, 1,300'
Day 2: 9.5 miles, 2,400' Peak RT
6.4 miles, 300'
|Eastern Sierra||Horseshow Meadows||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2015/08/circuitousness-on-cirque-peak-wtc.html|
|San Jacinto Area Peaks With Marrion||Marrion is the one that makes this a valid experience trip. Trip report is from a longer variation but you can also come up from Little Round Valley|
San Jacinto Peak (10,839’)
Jean Peak (10,670')
Tahquitz Peak (8,846’)
Merriam Peak (10,362’)
|I||I||2/3||Moderate / Strenuous||2|
Day 1: 8 miles, 2400 ft gain
Day 2: 17.5 miles, 4000 ft gain
|San Jacinto||Humber Park||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2016/09/peako-baggins-wtc-experience-trip-to.html|
|Mount Silliman||Beutiful camping and the peak itself is trivial from there. It's been classically done as a two day but adding an extra day makes for a very nice and relaxed outing. Camping at the lake on top of the slabs is spectacular. Expect to spend extra time helping folks up the slabs||Mount Silliman (11,188’)||I||I*||2/3||Easy to Moderate depending on days||2 or 3|
Day 1: 5.2 miles, 3,400'
Day 2: 7 miles, 1,500'
|Mount Stanford||Well trodden 2 day I provisional. Nav is on the easier side since you just go up the drainage and go right.|
Nice camping at Hilton Lake
|Mount Stanford (12,838’)||I||I||2/3||Easy||2|
Day 1: 5.8 miles, 1,100'
Day 2: 6.6 miles, 2,700'
|Eastern Sierra||Hilton Lakes||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2014/08/mount-stanford-in-rain-lot-of-rain.html||https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/26989838802/in/dateposted-public/|
|Koip and Kuna from Bloody Canyon||Not heavily used and you can borrow permits if you call the Inyo line and identify youself as a WTC leader.|
Easier versions could be done climbing Parker or Lewis instead of Koip & Kuna. Just be aware you can't camp between Mono Pass and Parker Pass so you'll have to stop early or drop down. There's also a mine cabin around Mono Pass that works as a side trip.
Koip Peak (12,962')
Kuna Peak (13,002')
Day 1: 8.4 miles, 3,300'
Day 2: 16.3 miles, 3,700'
|Eastern Sierra||Parker Pass TH||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2017/09/koip-kuna-via-bloody-canyon-mono-pass.html||https://caltopo.com/m/QQPR|
|Smith, Crag, and Jackass||Early season the trailhead isn't open and late season it's too warm to go back here. Too early and you'll be dealing with mud.|
Note that SPS Crag (the lower one) is 3rd class from every direction so for the purposes of this trip you do USGS Crag. Jackass is a fun scramble with signins from years of WTC students. Smith is just a fun stroll with great views.
Water avaliable at Aqua Bonita Spring.
Smith Mountain (9,520')
Jackass Peak (9,280')
Crag Peak (USGS) (9,480')
|I||I||2/3||Moderate||2 or 3||13.08 miles, 3,000'
13.24 miles, 1,800'
|Martinez Peak & Sheep Mountain||Woirks quite well as a two day if you hike in Friday night in the dark to Hosetheif Creek. Relocate to the junction between Sheep & Martinez routes in the morning, dry camp there, then do Martinez. Sheep the last morning then out.|
Reliable water at Horsethief but any deeper in and you're going to have to dry camp. Good nav and a solid I provisional
Martinez Mountain (6,562')
Sheep Mountain (5,141')
2 + Night Hike In
Day 0: 2.4 miles, 300'
Day 1: 10.5 miles, 2,500'
Day 2: 9.7 miles, 2,500'
|Mount Pickering||Well trodden WTC trip done at least twice a year. Basically requires 3 days to be reasonable. Camping can be done at Lower Rock Creek, Soldier Lakes, or basically anywhere around there||I||I||2/3||Moderate||3||Eastern Sierra|
|Pilot Knob||Beutiful area up Piute Pass to camp at Desolation Lake. To make it a provisional you'll have to drop down into some gullys so the peak isn't visible the entire time but it's prettier down there anway||Pilot Knob (12,245')||I||I||2/3||Eastern Sierra||Piute Pass / North Lake|
|Grinnel, 10k Ridge, Lake Peak||Dayhike or backpack in the Gorgonio area||I||I||2/3||Moderate||1 or 2||San Gorgonio|
|Mount Julius Cesar||Works an I provisional but considered on the weaker end. In order to qualify you have to do a cross country route through Chalfant Lakes rather than take the trail to Italy Pass. Also Pine Creek is a fair climb and will challenge a lot of students||I||I||2/3||Strenuous||2 or 3||Eastern Sierra||Pine Creek|
|Dyadic & Spectre||This is a dry desert backpack so you want to do early in the year. We went in April and it was rather warm.|
Carry all your water. Camping is done at the mouth of either of the DPS route canyons and isn't anything special.
Route finding on Dyadic can be tricky especially at the top so make sure you check the beta.
Dyadic Point (4,360')
Spectre Peak (4,482')
Day 1: 5.9 miles, 1,300'
Day 2: 10.5 miles, 2,000'
|Silver Peak Devil's Bathtub||Great camping at Devil's Bathtub with campfires allowed.|
This has been attempted in two days but is strongly recommended to take 3. It's a long haul out to the peak and back.
|Goode & Agassiz||Agassiz is all boulders from the top of the pass to the summit which can be a challenge for participants when combined with the elevation so leave extra time. Goode is usually added as a bonus and is a trivial approach.||I||No||2/3||Strenuous||Eastern Sierra||http://firstchurchofthemasochist.blogspot.com/2013/06/mount-goode-mount-agassiz-and-mighty.html|
|Olancha Peak||Camping with water is difficult. Can be done as a dayhike but that's 24 miles.||I||No||2/3||Moderate|
|Matterhorn||Class 2 via Horse Pass suitable for a 2 day student trip. PERMITS: Snail mail only, but NO PERMIT REQUIRED after september 15th.||I||No||2/3||Easy||2||4k/6mils approach, 1k/1.5 mile summit||Eastern Sierra|
|Coyote & Angora||This area burned and Deep Creek is no longer easily passable. Also the normal campspots above and below Deep Creek were a charred mess in 2018. Best alternate route is probably coming up from the west via Lion Creek.|
Coyote Peaks has spectacular views and if you pick one peak do that.
You will be required to avoid the trail heading out to Coyote to add additional nav challenge if you use this as a provisional.
|I||I||2/3||Strenuous||3||Eastern Sierra||Jerky Meadows||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2018/05/memorial-day-massacre-2018-jerky.html||https://caltopo.com/m/DQC5|
|Laurel & Bloody via Convict Canyon||Difficulty comes from getting up Convinct Canyon. Probably not possible early season and precarious later. I've been denied permits for this trail because the rangers say it's impassible.||No||2/3||Moderate||3||Eastern Sierra||http://www.firstchurchofthemasochist.com/2010/09/laurel-bloody-mountain-via-convict.html|
|Excelsior Mountain||Can camp at Frog Lakes with an almost trivial approach. Probably a lot of fisherman around. Excelsior is very easy from the north ridge||I||No||2/3||Easy||2||Eastern Sierra|
|Maggie & Moses||This area may be cursed. Maggie is a fun bushwhack from this side but don't underestimate the 3rd class route finding on Moses. The stream crossing can be a challenge early season and the trailhead can open late some years. Also there's a log crossing that's high up in the air that some people may find objectionable.||M-Rock||No||2/3||Strenuous||2||Western Sierra|
|Birch, Bolton Brown, & the Thumb||Rough but doable as a 3 day||M-Rock||No||2/3||Strenuous||3||Eastern Sierra|
|Not My Favorite|
|Muah Peak From Horseshoe Meadows||Trivial approach and peak. Camping is near a small stream as a water source. Be warned in late season you'll be surrounded by cattle. This trip is suitable for even the weakest participant with the only real challenge being the fact the trailhead is above 10k||I||No||1/3||Very easy||Eastern Sierra|
|Mount Tom||Neat peak but punishing due to the last 2000 ft. If anyone finds an easy way to do this please let me know||I||No||1/3||Very Hard||2 or 3||Eastern Sierra|
|Langley||Difficult due to the altitude involved. The last 2000 feet are on trail but will kick your butt. Off trail travel would have to be invented down lower since there's a trail from the pass to the peak||O||No||1/3||Eastern Sierra|
|Quail from Quail Springs Picnic Area||Weaker provisional and student feedback after the trip hasn't been great||I||I*||1/3||Easy||1 or 2||Joshua Tree|
|Pinto Mountain Backpack||Weaker provisional and student feedback after the trip hasn't been great||I||I*||1/3||Easy||1 or 2||Joshua Tree|
|Eagle Mountain Backpack||Weaker provisional and student feedback after the trip hasn't been great||I||I*||1/3||Easy||1 or 2||Joshua Tree|
Looks awesome but I haven't done (YET!)
|Koip, Kuna (and possibly Wood & Parker) from Dana Meadows||Bloody Canyon is 5 people a day and rarely used. You can borrow permit slots from the following day by calling the wilderness office and indentifying yourself as "Sierra Club Local Outings" If you're talking to Cindy mention it's WTC which is what the old BMTC became. |
Camping is allowed once you cross the wilderness boundary east of Parker Pass.
|I||No||???||3||24 miles, 4700' total||Yosemite||http://peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=565026|
|Muriel & Goethe||A nice ridge route between these peaks makes it 3rd class but avoids a bad talus slog. Goethe is always 3rd.||M||???|
6 miles 2k to camp
4 miles 2.5k RT to peak
6 miles 300ft out
|Gables Lakes Peak||3rd class. Seldom used TH||M||???||2?||https://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports/gable_lakes_1.html|
|Epidote Peak||Virginia Lakes area peak||I or M||???||2 or 3||Virginia Lakes|
|Camiaca Peak||Climb from Summit Lake. Southern Slopes class 2||I||Virginia Lakes||https://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=439150|
|Gabbro Peak||Class 2 from either Green Lake or East Lake.|
|Page Peaks||Class 2 from East Lake. #rd class traverse to Gabbro|
|Amelia Earhart Peak||Climb from Ireland Lake. Spectacular views. Class 2 ish|
|Twin Peaks (Silliman Area)|
|Kettle Peak (Silliman Area)|
|Homer's Nose From North Fork||Backpack up through Garfield Grove then do the ridge from Cahoon Rock|
|Anna Mills||Peak on the Boreal Plateau. Not sure how exciting camping will be.|
Go over Cottonwood Pass or New Army and climbg Forgotten Canyon
|KM Kern Fork Peak||Been eyeing this one for a while. It's a few miles north of Kennedy Meadows CG right before the PCT turns to the west and passes Clover Meadow|
|Lost Benchmark||Possible to come up from Kennedy Meadows CG and follow the creek from the east?|
|Hot Keg Peak (aka 9097T)|