Climbing California's Mountains Guide Book

by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)
Climbing Californiaand39;s Mountains  by Jay Anderson

176pp/photos/topo maps
ISBN: 076272210X

California is home to some of the nation's most scenic and majestic mountains, a diverse and varied playground for those who want to experience the breadth of basic mountain climbing. Volcanic peaks, rocky slopes, sheer cliffs, granite cornices, easy scrambles, challenging ascents, open meadows, and incredible views are just some of the highlights awaiting nontechnical climbers in the Golden State. From easy romps up San Jacinto Peak and multiday trips to Banner Peak to rocky climbs up Mount Williamson and more advanced mountaineering at Cathedral Peak, This guide provides the information needed to ascend 69 of the state's most outstanding summits. Inside you'll find: an introduction to each peak - geology, history, scenic highlights, and more; summit details, including information about elevation, route ratings, and trip distance; detailed approach maps; permit information, the best climbing season, and details on other mountains in the area.

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Trails from the "Climbing California's Mountains" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 69.
... Preview: An under-appreciated gem of the Tuolumne backcountry. An easy and rewarding scramble puts you on top of this peak that rises to nearly 12,000 feet. Popular with trail runners, Amelia Earhart Peak is a ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Yosemite National Park, CA - Climbing,Trail Running - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: A logical companion peak to Mount Ritter. Banner Peak is somewhat shorter and technically easier. Fine views from the summit. Though not as technically difficult as Mount Ritter, Banner Peak still pre ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: A companion to Mount Tom, offering panoramic views. From Bishop and Highway 395, Basin Mountain can be seen as the blocky, multifaceted peak south of the monolithic Mount Tom. From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Bishop, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 13.5
... Preview: A striking eastside peak, a neighbor to Mount Tinemaha. Birch Mountain provides a longer, higher ascent From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Big Pine, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: A good warm-up before climbing Mount Shasta—or a good cool-down the day after a Shasta ascent. Surreal granitic terrain, where sharp cliffs alternate with rounded bulges. This climb is of an entirely ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Castella, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: A dramatic volcanic summit just north of Interstate 80 and west of Donner Summit, on the way to the high country from the Sacramento Valley— a worthwhile goal in itself, and also a good warm-up before ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Soda Springs, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: One of the classics of Tuolumne and the High Sierra. Cathedral Peak is a striking formation, seen from many places throughout Yosemite. It offers a reasonably short hike to a technically interesting p ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Yosemite National Park, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: An easily accessible peak with striking views, or a superlative peak linkup with Mount Langley. Most hikers in this area are here to climb Mount Langley, a 14,000-foot peak. But nearby Cirque Peak als ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Lone Pine, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: A desert peak easily accessible from Highway 15. This is a mountain that you can bag on the otherwise monotonous drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Clark Mountain is the high point of Mojave Nationa ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Barstow, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: A one-of-a-kind peak and summit: a cross between a Tuolumne dome and a high-country mountain. This hike bridges the abyss between Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley, with this summit as its centerpi ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Manteca, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 24
... Preview: A prime representative of the transition peaks between the northern volcanoes and the Sierra range. At Eureka Peak, forested slopes give way to sheer andesite cliffs and blocks. The climb affords view ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Graeagle, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 6.6
... Preview: The highest point of the Lake Tahoe area, with views into the basin and range country in Nevada. A varied trail through both open and shaded country, and less foot traffic than on Mount Tallac or Moun ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: An unlikely granite summit peering out of the pine and fir forest, with views of the Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley. The hike makes for a fine, short leg-stretcher, and the area offers good rock-cl ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Oakhurst, CA - Climbing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: A demanding hike; a unique ascent protected by metal cables; spectacular views far down into Yosemite Valley. Come on, it’s Half Dome! A very popular route for trail runners, the standing round-trip r ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Yosemite, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: A hidden gem, with a short approach. Hurd Peak makes for a beautiful climb, and is perfect for those with limited time. From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Bishop, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Secluded location, offering views of the basin and range country in Nevada while still being close to Lake Tahoe. (This climb can be combined the same day with ascents of neighboring Freel Peak and Jo ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: The second-highest peak in the Tahoe area, with views of the basin and range country in Nevada. (This climb can be combined the same day with ascents of neighboring Freel Peak and Jobs Peak; see Freel ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: Possibly the quickest-to-reach significant summit on the entire eastern side of the Sierra. Kearsarge Peak is quick work from the Onion Valley trailhead. But although the distance is short, don’t forg ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Independence, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The best views of more peaks than from just about anywhere else in the Sierra. Long Pine Peak affords vistas that range from Mount Langley to Mount Russell and beyond. Lone Pine Peak is the formidable ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Lone Pine, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: A broad, monolithic peak looming above the town of Mammoth Lakes. Of the eye-arresting summits in the area as seen from Highway 395, Mammoth is the big, wide one. Offering a relatively easy hike, it i ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's Mountains"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Climbing - Trail Length: 8