Ascent of Leavitt Peak on 2010-09-20

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Monday, September 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Leavitt Peak
    Elevation:11569 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Leavitt Peak from Sonora Pass on Hwy 108. I hiked south on the PCT. I took a shortcut right at the beginning on a climbers trail up to the south ridge where the PCT crosses the ridge south of Sonora Pass. It is steep goin up this ridge but once on the PCT it was an easy hike. My first objective was Peak 11245 on the way to Leavitt and I left the PCT at the north saddle, hiked over P11245, and then down to the south saddle before continuing on towards Leavitt Peak. The PCT drops down about 200 ft to a small unnamed (dry) tarn north of Latopie Lake before climbing up to a little pass just north of Latopie Lake. I followed the PCT high around the west side of Latopie Lake until I was just east of Leavitt Peak. I left the PCT and followed a small drainage west until I was at the big hole on the east face of Leavitt Peak. Here I picked up a climbers trail that climbed up to the left to the south east ridge of Leavitt and then followed this up to the rounded flat summit area. It looks like the northeast ridge of Leavitt Peak is hikable and may be fun to try if I ever return. Great views. On the hike out I met 3 hunters decked out in full camo and large backpacks. The older guy complained that there were too many hikers on the trail and were scaring the bucks away. Hikers on the PCT in September, how unusual...

Hiking stats for Peak 11245 are included with this TR. It probably didn't add any mileage but did add about 500 ft of elevation.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3152 ft / 960 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.7 km
    Route:Sonora Pass and PCT
    Trailhead:8417 ft / 2565 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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