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…

Mount Gould (13,005′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Gould is a 13,005-foot (3,964-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Its massive, double-peaked summit rises directly north of Kearsarge Pass, a popular hiking destination near the town of Independence. Despite being flanked by loose scree on all sides, the top of the mountain is an attractive … 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…

Mount Sill (14,153′) via Southwest Chutes (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Sill is a 14,153-foot (4,314-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered a highly sacred mountain for the Northern Paiute Indians, who named it Nen-i-mish, meaning “Guardian of the Valley”. It is also sacred for mountaineers for its offering of classic alpine routes as well … Continue reading…

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…

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…

Mount Whitney (14,505′) & Mount Muir (14,012′) via Discovery Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Whitney is a 14,505-foot (4,421-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the highest peak in the continental United States, standing tall above its royal surroundings as a fantastic castle of pristine white granite. It was named after Josiah Whitney, the first leader of the California … Continue reading…

Mount Keith (13,975′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Keith is a 13,975-foot (4,260-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is named after William Keith, a celebrated painter of the early Sierra Nevada days who gained much of his artistic inspiration from backcountry trips with his dear friend John Muir. The fact that the top … Continue reading…