Olancha Pass

Olancha, California

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An out-and-back day hike and an approach to Olancha Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness

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Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

An out-and-back day hike and an approach to Olancha Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

©  Suzanne Swedo/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Olancha
Length: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late June through October, though water scarce after July
Trailhead Elevation: 5,950 feet
Top Elevation: 9,200 feet
Local Contacts: South Sierra Wilderness, Mount Whitney Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Haiwee Pass
Topo Map: Olancha Pass Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

1/7/2018

Beautiful and vigorous hike! We did this on a warm winter day - temps at the bottom were 55 degrees F. It was cooler at the top but not freezing. Great views - impressive frozen waterfall at 1.7 miles. Lots of cool granite spires all around. It's pretty strenuous - a good trail with no big boulders, but uphill all the way. If you tire early, the first (false) pass at 4.5 miles is a decent place to turn around as the views are not any better from the top of the final pass at 5.4 miles. Never saw another soul - but that may be because it was January. Guide was spot on.

6/29/2011

Low altitude start could make this a hot hike. Check weather before you go. Very empty trail. Nice compared to trails north of Whitney which tend to be overwhelmed with people. Saw only 3 day hikers and 1 other overnighter. The trail itself was well maintained. It was better when it separated from the stock route. Nice grade, long winding switchbacks, great views. The views are much better just below the saddle. The pass itself is very anticlimactic. The pass "sign" is a makeshift post, and the views are less than spectacular. No water at Summit Meadow; its just a wetland without a stream, although beautiful. For water, push on to the horse camp about 1 mile farther. (Makes a lovey place to overnight too!)

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