North Palisade

Big Pine, California

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North Palisade is one of the classic peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and the fourth highest peak in California. All routes to the summit require advanced mountaineering skills on rock, snow, and ice. The U-Notch and V-Notch couloirs become serious, roped ice climbs in the autumn.

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"North Palisade is one of the classic peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and the fourth highest peak in California. All routes to the summit require advanced mountaineering skills on rock, snow, and ice. The U-Notch and V-Notch couloirs become serious, roped ice climbs in the autumn."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Big Pine
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 6,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 or more days
Season: Best March through May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 14,242 feet
Additional Use: Snowboarding
Local Maps: USGS Coyote Flat, Mount Thompson, North Palisade
Driving Directions: Directions to North Palisade

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May 2018