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Alta Peak

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A difficult hike through woods and exposed peaks ending with views of the Eastern and Western Divides.


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13.3

Miles

21.3

KM

Out and Back

11,107' 3,386 m

High

7,306' 2,227 m

Low

3,802' 1,159 m

Up

3,801' 1,159 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

A lovely tour of the woods and mountain tops culminating in amazing views from the summit of Alta Peak.

Description

From the Wolverton parking lot, follow the Lakes Trail to begin the hike. The trail to Alta Peak is the same as the Lakes Trail for the first 1.8 miles. When you reach a fork, the trail to Alta Peak will veer to the right as signs indicate.

Here you'll climb moderately through the forest over a few creeks requiring some rock hopping in spring and early summer. When you reach the end of the forest, you'll climb to Panther Peak for a great lookout. Upon continuing, you'll see great views of the Western Divide and eventually Castle Rock looking right from the trail.

You'll reach a point where you can continue straight on Alta Peak or veer off to the High Sierra Trail. At this point, you have 3 miles to go to the summit. Continuing on, you'll reach another wooded section before coming to the split for Alta Peak and Alta Meadow. This section of the trail is only 2 miles, but it is the steepest part, especially the last mile.

While climbing, you'll come out of the tree line and become fully exposed to the sun and wind as you make the steep climb through rocks and dirt to the summit. Continuing up Alta Peak will require minor rock scrambling to reach the summit to see Pear Lake and the Eastern Divide.

Flora & Fauna

You may come across a bear on this trail before Panther Peak in the wooded area so keep your eyes open. Marmots are populous but harmless at the summit.

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Shared By:

Sarah Antrobus

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  4.8 from 19 votes

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Photos

View of mountain lakes from the summit.
Jul 3, 2016 near Three R…, CA
View heading up the trail.
Jul 3, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Looking east from the summit.
Jul 3, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Along the Alta Trail.
Nov 11, 2016 near Three R…, CA

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Dec 17, 2019
Dana Ochs
Aug 25, 2019
James Kirchhofer
Fantastic hike! Tough for sure, but just commit and the views are worth it! 15.2mi — 8h 00m
Aug 10, 2019
Sophia Lin
Aug 1, 2019
Katie Kleppinger
Aug 11, 2018
Tim Hussey
13.3mi
Jul 13, 2018
Wesley Neill
One of my favorite hikes ever. So gorgeous. 13mi — 6h 00m
Jun 2, 2018
Leonardo Martinez
Wolverton camp 20mi
Oct 31, 2017
Greg Scott
Beautiful trail. Needs more time than expected 14.3mi