Leavitt Peak

Walker, California

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This superb midwinter tour is one of the easier trips in this guide and is an excellent introduction to overnight winter camping. Pass by Koenig Lake and ski west up the broad ridge to the summit of Leavitt Peak, the highest peak in the area. On the approach many of the lower ridges may be heavily corniced. There may also be an impressive cornice on the summit ridge, as this area is hit by high winds during winter storms. Stay well back from the lip of these cornices. From the summit you will have an unobstructed 360-degree view of the terrain and the many snow-capped peaks in the area. Far below will be the snow-covered Sonora Pass Road.

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"This superb midwinter tour is one of the easier trips in this guide and is an excellent introduction to overnight winter camping. Pass by Koenig Lake and ski west up the broad ridge to the summit of Leavitt Peak, the highest peak in the area. On the approach many of the lower ridges may be heavily corniced. There may also be an impressive cornice on the summit ridge, as this area is hit by high winds during winter storms. Stay well back from the lip of these cornices. From the summit you will have an unobstructed 360-degree view of the terrain and the many snow-capped peaks in the area. Far below will be the snow-covered Sonora Pass Road."

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Walker
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 4,370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 or more days
Season: Best December through early May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,570 feet
Local Maps: USGS Sonora Pass, Pickel Meadows
Driving Directions: Directions to Leavitt Peak

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May 2018