Matterhorn Peak Souteast Slope / East Couloir

Bridgeport, California

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Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the eye. You will know which one it is and why you want to climb it. Matterhorn is the northernmost major peak of the High Sierra, with spectacular views from the summit. Matterhorn Peak sits in the northeastern corner of Yosemite, with the national park boundary running right across its summit. Though only 4 miles from trailhead to summit, the elevation gain is over 5,000 feet, pushing what would be a moderate climb into the strenuous category. For all this, the climb is mostly straightforward and follows well-used trails the whole way.
Climbing California's Mountains

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Climbing California's Mountains

by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)

Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the eye. You will know which one it is and why you want to climb it. Matterhorn is the northernmost major peak of the High Sierra, with spectacular views from the summit. Matterhorn Peak sits in the northeastern corner of Yosemite, with the national park boundary running right across its summit. Though only 4 miles from trailhead to summit, the elevation gain is over 5,000 feet, pushing what would be a moderate climb into the strenuous category. For all this, the climb is mostly straightforward and follows well-used trails the whole way.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Bridgeport
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 5,187 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Class: Class 2
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,092 feet
Top Elevation: 12,279 feet
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Matterhorn Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Matterhorn Peak (Souteast Slope / East Couloir)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/10/2005
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The first 1.5 miles of this route were great, with excellent trail conditions following a beautiful tumbling creek. BUT, as the forest service trail entered the Hoover Wilderness, the trail disappears in 8' high bushes. From here on, the "trail" is more of a cross-country route over scree and boulder slides. Lots of unstable footing, and no sign of a maintained trail make the last 2 miles and 4,000' elevation gain very challenging. The final route to the top of the peak involves boulder hopping and pure cross-country travel with no clue as to how far the final summit is from the pass. As a lone hiker on an isolated peak, I turned around above the pass, but short of the summit having not allowed enough time for the very poor trail/route conditions.



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May 2018