Alta Trail

Sequoia National Park, California
Elevation Gain537ft
Trailhead Elevation6,969ft
Elevation Min/Max6523/6969ft
Elevation Start/End6969/6969ft

Alta Trail

Alta Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 6,969 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 537 feet. The trail ends near the McKinley Tree. This trail connects with the following: Bear Hill Trail, Congress Trail and Rimrock Trail.
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Alta peak starts at the Wolverton parking lot and begins the same as the lakes trail.The scenery is nice with lots of wildlife seen.The views down the canyon are great as well as the views East towrds the Great Western Divide.After about four and a half or five miles this trail begins a fairly serious accent to the peak.I have read a few reports saying how this wasnt a hard hime or really worth the time, but this is most certainly not a hike for your average weekend hiker, and the views from the top of Pear lake are great.Beware the altitude of just over 11,000 feet.This is a full day out and bakc hike,bring lots of water and some food,start early.

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Laurel Scheidt
"This expansive meadow attracts numerous types of wildlife, while affording awe-inspiring views of the Great Western Divide and Alta Peak. Begin by following the Lakes Trail (Hike 23) to the Lakes/Panther Gap Trail junction at 1.8 miles. Then follow the route to Alta Peak (Hike 24) to the junction with the Alta Peak Trail at 4.7 miles. From this point continue straight (southeast) through a sandy zone dotted with phlox, and then reenter the woods. The path is nearly level for some distance, then dips slightly to cross a small creek before arriving at the head of Alta Meadow at 5.6 miles." Read more
Laurel Scheidt
"Although the Alta Trail formally begins in the Giant Forest, this shorter route allows hearty day hikers a 360-degree view from an 11,000-foot-plus peak. Begin by following the Lakes Trail (Hike 23) to the Lakes/Panther Gap Trail junction at 1.8 miles, and continue straight ahead (south), toward the gap. The route alternates through sunny meadows and shady forest, then crosses several small, fern-lined forks of the headwaters of Wolverton Creek." Read more
Allen Riedel
"Alta Peak is a magnificent and popular Sierra summit. It is well liked and well traveled, with good reason. From its superior perch, the entirety of Sequoia National Park can be observed. “Breathtaking” is an understatement for the views from Alta Peak; to comprehend this place’s majesty, try standing atop the peak and breathing in the 360-degree view. If your schedule allows for only one tough all-day hike in the park, this is the trail to take. Its central location provides views of some of the most magnificent scenery in the park. The way will not be crowded, but there will almost always be fellow like-minded individuals enjoying the vistas and forested trail." Read more
"Alta Peak’s airy summit offers one of the best views available on the western side of Sequoia via a maintained trail. While arduous, a one-day ascent is a viable option for strong hikers who are well acclimatized. Lesser mortals have the option of a 2–3 day backpack trip, with a basecamp at either Alta Meadow or Mehrten Meadow Camp. However many days are needed, the supreme vista from Alta Peak is a just reward for the effort involved in getting there." Read more

Trail Information

Sequoia National Park
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Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lodgepole; Sequoia National Park Lodgepole and Wolverton
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