Gaylor Peak (11,004′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Gaylor Peak is a 11,004-foot (3,354-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though small in elevation compared to the major peaks of Yosemite National Park, it is significant because of its steep rise above Tioga Pass. Its stark ridgeline of bright red metamorphic rock is a prominent feature … Continue reading…

Excelsior Peak (12,246′) via Excelsior Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Excelsior Mountain is a 12,246-foot (3,733-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands just within the northeast boundary of Yosemite National Park, and offers a unique perspective on the iconic features of that spectacular area. The mountain is composed of Jurassic- and Triassic-aged metavolcanic rocks that give … Continue reading…

Mount Conness (12,590′) via East Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Conness is a 12,590-foot mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Guarded by sheer granite walls, its lofty pyramid is a dominating sight from all sides, boasting a tremendous view over Yosemite National Park. The Conness Glacier is harbored below its north face, feeding the multicolored Conness Lakes and the enchanting Saddlebag Lake … Continue reading…