Matterhorn Peak

Bridgeport, California

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Matterhorn Peak is the highest and most striking summit along the jagged Sawtooth Ridge, which includes such aptly named peaks as The Three Teeth, The Sawblade, The Cleaver, Cleaver Peak, The Dragtooth, and Blacksmith Peak. These peaks are majestic when viewed from Highway 395 in the vicinity of Bridgeport and are even more imposing to climb. This area contains some of the finest alpine climbs in the Sierra Nevada. The basins below Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge include a number of impressive but small glaciers. Due to abundant snowfall and a northern exposure, this area holds the snow well into the summer, providing some fine skiing late into the season.

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"Matterhorn Peak is the highest and most striking summit along the jagged Sawtooth Ridge, which includes such aptly named peaks as The Three Teeth, The Sawblade, The Cleaver, Cleaver Peak, The Dragtooth, and Blacksmith Peak. These peaks are majestic when viewed from Highway 395 in the vicinity of Bridgeport and are even more imposing to climb. This area contains some of the finest alpine climbs in the Sierra Nevada. The basins below Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge include a number of impressive but small glaciers. Due to abundant snowfall and a northern exposure, this area holds the snow well into the summer, providing some fine skiing late into the season."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Bridgeport
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 5,179 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 long, strenuous days, or 2 to 3 days
Season: Best February through May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,100 feet
Top Elevation: 12,279 feet
Additional Use: Snowboarding
Local Maps: USGS Buckeye Ridge, Twin Lakes, Matterhorn Peak, Dunderberg Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Matterhorn Peak

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May 2018