Ascent of Alta Peak on 2018-08-14

Climber: Rich Gillock

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Alta Peak
    Elevation:11204 ft / 3414 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a day hike scouting trip for an upcoming Sierra Club backpacking trip. Primarily I wanted to check out the water sources in late summer, but I also wanted to try a different route to the summit.

I started up from the trail junction between Alta Peak and Alta Meadows trails. I left the trail after it had bent to the east at about 9480 ft elevation and headed cross country up the chute to the north-west of Tharp's Rock. It was a steep climb but the rock and soil were solid, Class I with a couple of Class II boulder hops.

You can't see the peak, but there are a couple of isolated trees near the top of the ridge that give you hope. Once there you realize there is still more to top out the steep part of the climb. But suddenly there is Alta Peak, dead ahead, up a relatively easy walk up. You are also looking down the ridge leading to Tharp's Rock. Definitely a climb worth doing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4224 ft / 1287 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1/2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4224 ft / 1287 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3924 ft / 1196 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Alta Trail then Cross Country
    Start Trailhead:Wolverton Parking Lot  7280 ft / 2218 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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