Ascent of Alta Peak on 2018-08-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 14, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11204 ft / 3414 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis 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)|
| 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|
| Time:||4 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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