ElevationAscent: 3,802' 1,159 m
Descent: -3,801' -1,159 m
High: 11,107' 3,386 m
Low: 7,306' 2,227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A difficult hike through woods and exposed peaks ending with views of the Eastern and Western Divides.”— Sarah Antrobus
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.
Land Manager: NPS - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park