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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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Sarah Antrobus

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  4.8 from 24 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
From the top, looking west.
May 28, 2022 near Three R…, CA
views of snowy range from just past Panther Gap.
May 28, 2022 near Three R…, CA
past Merten's campground on way to Alta Peak.
Jun 4, 2022 near Three R…, CA

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Oct 4, 2022
Donald Williams
Jul 21, 2022
David Hurst
Hiked in to Alta Meadow Thursday and camped two nights. Did Alta Peak Friday. We had the trails and the meadow completely to ourselves! Wonderful! 13.3mi
Jun 15, 2022
Anatoly P.
Last two miles the trail takes on the summit and requires more effort. For the untrained, it will be noticed. We went left at last section toexplore. 14.2mi — 16h 44m
May 23, 2022
Dan McAuley
Hit the peak on 5/22. Still a good lot of snow to trek through. Make notes of landmarks going up; it can be tricky finding the trail going down.
May 7, 2022
Kevin H
May 15, 2021
Daniel Karkoska
Third time doing this peak, its a classic; great for training in elevation/distance. 14mi — 5h 07m
Jul 24, 2020
Julia DeVito
13.3mi — 7h 50m
Dec 17, 2019
Dana Ochs