Mount Williamson (14,375′) via West Face (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Williamson is a 14,375-foot (4,382-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the second-highest mountain in California (after Mount Whitney), and the sixth-highest in the continental United States. It anchors the northern end of a remarkable chain of Fourteeners that extends from Mount Langley northward along … Continue reading…

Donahue Peak (12,023′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Donahue Peak is a 12,023-foot (3,665-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though not particularly aesthetic, it offers an incredible perspective not only of the highest peaks in Yosemite National Park, but also of the iconic Ritter Range backcountry. Given that both regions were beloved stomping grounds of … Continue reading…

University Peak (13,579′) via Northwest Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

University Peak is a 13,579-foot (4,139-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Named after the University of California, it dominates the north end of Center Basin. It is an even more impressive sight from the north, rising above Onion Valley as an awe-inspiring wall of furrowed silver granite … Continue reading…

Mount Cotter (12,713′) via South Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Cotter is a 12,713-foot (3,875-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands prominently along the dramatic granite ridgeline that extends from Mount Gardiner north to Mount Clarence King. The south summit is the higher of the two twin peaks that compose the Cotter massif. It is … Continue reading…

Dragon Peak (12,995′) via South Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Dragon Peak is a 12,995-foot (3,961-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It gets its name from its appearance because it is comprised of a conspicuous chain of black metamorphic peaks that vaguely resembles the spine of a dragon in profile when viewed from the west. Gould Pass … Continue reading…

Mount Tyndall (14,026′) via North Rib (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Tyndall is a 14,026-foot (4,275-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It measures as the tenth-highest point in California. Although it is situated less than two miles west of its taller neighbor Mount Williamson, the east face of Mount Tyndall is a formidable sight: an arching wall … Continue reading…

Mount Wynne (13,179′) via West Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Wynne is a 13,179-foot (4,017-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is a massive pyramid of dark metamorphic rock standing on the east side of Pinchot Pass, one of the highest points along the entire Pacific Crest Trail. It is seen by hundreds of thru-hikers every … Continue reading…

Junction Peak (13,888′) via West Face (Class-3 Scramble)

Junction Peak is a 13,888-foot (4,233-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It earns its name from its position at the junction of the Kings-Kern Divide and the primary Sierra Crest. The roughly perpendicular confluence of these two subranges has produced pyramidal geometry that has subsequently been scoured … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section G (Southern Sierra Nevada)

Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail introduces hikers to the Sierra Nevada, one of the worlds most magnificent alpine ranges. Starting at 5,000 feet at Walker Pass, the trail climbs over 8,451-foot Owens Peak, the keystone summit of the area and the first of the great granite castles of … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Sections E & F (Mojave Desert & Piute Mountains)

Section E, starting in Agua Dulce and ending at Tehachapi Pass, is arguably the least popular of the southern PCT sections. It climbs up and over the 6,700-foot Sierra Pelona (“Bald Mountains”) but then drops from the crest to the floor of the Mojave Desert. Apparently the government was not … Continue reading…