From the Pear Lake Ski Hut, head east and around the Matterhorn until you have gained the ridge below the upper Skier’s Alta Bowl (Peak 11,328). Met Grey from Fresno at ~11:15am, possible at Mehrten Creek with wildflowers, ~15 minutes after passing Alta Meadow junction. From there, you can head towards Alta Peak or head back to Pear Lake. The main trail continues to climb up to Pear Lake, crossing the most barren, rocky landscape of the hike. Ramblr offers automatic geotagging (the tagging of your photo to the trackpoint where you took it) for all photos you upload for your trip. Moderately strenuous climb. Here’s an account of a winter skiing trip to the Pear Lake Ski Hut and beyond. ... then on to Pear Lake with time to swim and explore. But then the trail to Panther Gap and Alta Peak Alta Peak, Pear Lake, and Moose Lake Backpack. Steady climb to Alta Peak. Beyond Alta Meadows a faint use trail leads along wide meadows broken by small groups of trees until reaching Moose Lake and the Tablelands. Pear Lake is a lake in Tulare County and has an elevation of 9544 feet. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. I recorded the hike time as 4 hours up, 1 hour on top and 3 hours down. The Alta Peak Trail is a showcase of grand panoramic vistas, most dramatically in the last mile and a half before the peak. The best route to Alta Peak begins at a place called Wolverton. A huge expanse of moderately graded slopes and bowls that separates the Pear Lake/Tokopah Valley area from the canyons that drain north into Kings Canyon. Direction of a Track : A track always has a direction from the starting Trackpoint to the ending Trackpoint. Along the trail are three other lakes, Heather, Aster, and Emerald and an amazing viewpoint at a granite spire called the Watchtower. My mother climbed Alta Peak on a ranger-led trip during the 1930's and liked to talk about that trip and other memories of Sequoia from her childhood. Wolverton is about 2 hours ESE of Fresno taking highway 180 east and the General’s Highway south to Wolverton. Almost one hour earlier than me and he returned to parking lot at ~5:00pm Vs my return at 6:10pm. An aptly-named alpine gem, Pear Lake nestles below Fortune Mountain and can be reached by combining the Top Lake Trail with a short jaunt north on the Pacific Crest Trail. It is about 7 miles up to Pear with an elevation gain of 2,700 feet. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. It turned into a fun day hike which is described in this report. I hoped to gain the ridge between the summit (right) and the highpoint in the middle. Some years ago before starting up this blog, I made use of this same trailhead to hike to Pear Lake which was a memorable day, but my only other hike from Wolverton was an early season attempt at Alta Peak which I couldn’t complete. Length: 5.8 miles (to Pear Lake) Elevation change: 2,270 feet Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Type: One way. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/alta-peak-trail Take the trail to Alta Peak then move cross country to the Tablelands and return to the trailhead via the Pear Lake trail. Overall ~14.1 miles and more than 4000" in 9 hours and 50 minutes. I saw Grey heading down from Alta Peak ~12:45pm. 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. From Blue Valhalla, numerous pictures of a backpacking trip to Pear Lake. Take the trail to Alta Peak then move cross country to the Tablelands and return to the trailhead via the Pear Lake trail. It turned into a fun day hike which is described in this report. Here you'll find a sandy beach, picnic tables and barbeques, washrooms and a concession stand renting canoes and kayaks. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. There will be this large granite structure around 11,000 ft where you can get a great view above Moose Lake. - 2B8R35W from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. David Bird and Joseph Kim hike and camp at Pear Lake. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. From the Pear Lake Ski Hut, head east and around the Matterhorn until you have gained the ridge below the upper Skier’s Alta Bowl (Peak 11,328). Pear lake on right, Emerald Lake and Aster Lake on left. He started at 9am and passed us, possible before 10am. Looming just above the lake is 13,176-foot Mt. Lakeside Park, pictured below, is located on Lakeside road. Two miles from Pear Lake, we arrived at Heather Lake just in time to see a guy dive head first into the brisk water! So pick a promising day and get an early start to enjoy this gorgeous place. Alta Trail: Begins at Wolverton. Continuing up Alta Peak will require minor rock scrambling to reach the summit to see Pear Lake and the Eastern Divide. Sunday is an all day xc day hike, a moderately strenuous 7 miles with 2,200' gain/loss including class 2 terrain. Flora & Fauna You may come across a bear on this trail before Panther Peak in the wooded area so keep your eyes open. High in the Sierra Nevada nestled deep inside Sequoia National Park lies a stunning backcountry adventure for anyone interested in high-elevation peak bagging and alpine meadows. Alta Lake is the biggest lake in Whistler and boasts three beaches: Lakeside Park, Rainbow Park and Wayside Park. The Longwalkers backpack to Pear Lake in the Sequoia National Forest. Flora & Fauna You may come across a bear on this trail before Panther Peak in the wooded area so keep your eyes open. Snow level approximately 10,000ft. At roughly 6.1 miles hikers will cross over Pear Creek, and in just three-tenths of a mile will finally reach Pear Lake. First allowed campsite - Emerald Lake (5 miles). - 2B8R3DR from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Hiked Alta Peak 4 years ago. Copeland, and almost directly to the west is 13,138-foot Ogalalla Peak. There will be this large granite structure around 11,000 ft where you can get a great view above Moose Lake. A stunning panorama, encompassing the Great Western Divide, the Kaweah Peaks, the Tablelands, the Middle Fork of the Kaweah Valley and beyond, awaits hikers at the summit of Alta Peak (11,204-ft.). Beautiful Pear Lake, a 1.1 miles past Emerald, is set amid a world of glacial polished granite slabs and cliffs framed by Alta Peak to the south. The ridge was very severe, as expected, and a cliff above Pear Lake held a massive frozen waterfall of blue ice. Memories of past trips kept popping into my head including a trip to the Tablelands that I took in 1989. If your photos don’t have correct timestamps for any reason, ignore the timezone setting and proceed to the next step by clicking “Confirm”. The hike begins in the dense fir forests around Wolverton, starting on the same trail that leads to Pear Lake. First allowed campsite - Emerald Lake (5 miles). For more videos and trails check out TheLongwalkers.com. Silliman, and the Great Western Divide are nothing short of spectacular. Day 2: day hiked Alta Peak off trail, ~5-6 miles, ~2000ft to the summit. They then continue off-trail to Moose Lake and Alta Meadow. Pear Lake was my first overnighter and my dad and I climbed Alta Peak on the second day from the lake. Winter ski decent alta peak to the hut, go pro February 2013 Click on the stat type above to see its graph. Alta Peak trailhead in Wolverton: Pear Lake turnout (multiply by 1.6 to obtain the distances) Pear Lake turnout (multiply by 1.6 to obtain the distances) Also known as "Skier's Alta" or more technically "Peak 11,328", this is actually the highest point on … Jim H. Hosted by Jim H. Hike, Backpack, Climb, Travel with Wilderness Travel Course. There are also fish in the lake. It was my last trip before the school year started. Alta Peak was my first major summit and the mountain that got me hooked on the outdoors for good. The first 1.8 miles of the trail was a familiar one as I'd hiked it when going to and from Pear Lake. To use this automatic geotagging feature, your camera must set to the correct local time. Day 3: Hike out and go straight to In-n-Out in good old Fresno! Hiked Alta Peak 4 years ago. Continuing up Alta Peak will require minor rock scrambling to reach the summit to see Pear Lake and the Eastern Divide. While this is not as much altitude gain as the Half Dome hike or as much distance, it was not much less strenuous because Alta Peak is over 2,000’ higher than Half Dome. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) Marmots are populous but harmless at the summit. - Winter Alta Peak. By geotagging your photos you will be able to see where on your trip you took that great shot. Steady climb to Alta Peak. One of us decided to give up at Panther Gap as he was worried that he would have issues to get down after longer than 17 miles and 4000" Twin Lakes Twin Peaks hike the day before. Alpine vistas and lakes. Download this stock image: Pear Lake rests at the base of Alta Peak and marks the end of the 6.6 mile Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Therefore, I was thinking of Alta Peak and Pear Lake loop. Moderate climb. Stranded at home with a case of shingles during the month of July 2008, my thoughts turned to the mountains where my body, mind, and spirit told me I should be. The one-room (maybe two) hut is closed in the summer, but from December 15 to April 9 hardy skiers can apparently stay overnight by reservation. Summit clear of snow. From there, you can head towards Alta Peak or head back to Pear Lake. Follow signs for "Alta Peak Trail" and "Pear Lake Trail". The ascent from Pear Lake was a fun class 2 climb that requires a little bit of route finding, and I have to say was much more enjoyable than the regular Alta trail. High in the Sierra Nevada nestled deep inside Sequoia National Park lies a stunning backcountry adventure for anyone interested in high-elevation peak bagging and alpine meadows. The lakes are best visited on a long day hike. Numerous wide open cross-country routes lead across the granite slabs and undulating ridges of the Tablelands until you reach the rocky trails descending from Pear Lake which lead back to the red fir forest along rocky ledges with a bit of exposure. I got a ride to the Wolverton Trailhead early that Monday and started hiking around 8:00 am. Pear Lake Area, Sequoia National Park, Sept. 99: In mid September, Warren, Beth and I decided to get in one last trip before the symphony season got going so we took a relatively short trip to Sequoia National Park to see the sights near Alta Peak and Pear Lake. The trail also goes past the top of a huge granite spire called the Watchtower. This was the first day hike I took after returning to the San Joaquin Valley in 1986. Follow signs for "Alta Peak Trail" and "Pear Lake Trail". I have been to Alta Peak and have seen Pear Lake below but I could not see Moose Lake from Alta Peak (some folks go to Moose Lake from Alta Meadow). The Panther Gap Trail forks off half way, linking with the path to Alta Peak Usage: Low to medium Season: Early summer to fall Trailhead: Wolverton ski area Rating (1-5): ★★★★★ 6 of us started at about 8:10am instead of targeted 7:30am. It turned out the off-trail was not too bad and saw the fastest one of my group near Alta Peak before 12:30pm. The first junction comes at 1.8 miles where the Lakes Trail goes left toward Pear Lake, and to the right the trail continues another 1.1 miles to Panther Gap at 8,400 feet. Alta Peak Trail Hiking Detail, near Lodgepole in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Since the Pear Lake ranger station, a common winter backcountry outpost, sits only a mile north of Alta Peak, it is common to climb up to Alta's northeast ridge and ski back down various routes. We enjoyed a snack here and spotted so … Selected panos from my trip to Pear Lake Ski Hut. The rocky environment around the peak is strikingly beautiful, with sights that are unique to the alpine environment such as some fascinating alpine flowers and the rare Foxtail Pine (a long-lived relative of the Bristlecone Pine, the world’s oldest trees). Day 2 (May 30) Pear lake - Alta peak attempt - Hump trail - Wolverton trail head We turned back a few hundreds feet below the Alta peak summit as it looked dangerous due to the loose snow. An easy scramble up, but there is some exposure so just a bit of pucker factor as you perch yourself on the summit block. View from Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park. Therefore, I was thinking of Alta Peak and Pear Lake loop. Please note that some photo editing programs cause timestamps to change. Sorry, the collection could not be found. Also, you need to select the corresponding timezone and daylight savings option on ramblr when you upload your photos. The hike to Alta Peak begins from the same Wolverton trailhead (elevation 7,300’) south of Lodgepole on the General’s Highway as the Pear Lake Hike. Alta peak rises above the southern end of Pear Lake. The views from the top of Pear Lake, Mt. I'll have time and energy for 1 long hike, but can't decide which of these 2 to do. Pear Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. It provides access and a jumping-off point for hikers, backpackers, equestrian riders and trail work parties alike headed into the backcountry of the Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak Wildernesses and beyond. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. We had clear views of the surrounding peaks, and the lakes we passed were even more blue under the bright sun and blue skies. At the junction the trail to the right leads first up to Panther Gap and then on to Alta Meadow and Alta Peak, while the trail to the left leads to Pear Lake and the remainder of the Lakes Trail. 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. I got a ride to the Wolverton Trailhead early that Monday and started hiking around 8:00 am. Must camp in designated sites. The first 1.8 miles of the trail was a familiar one as I'd hiked it when going to and from Pear Lake. Photo info: Sony a6000 - Rokinon 12mm f2.0 - Ultrapod II My 4th time! Kim and I climbed Alta on October 28, 2001, a perfect (if a bit smoky) cool fall day, and most importantly, one day before the year's first winter storm! This trail climbs about 4,500' in about 7 miles then back down again. Copy the widget source code below and paste into your blog template. After Alta Peak this hike differs from what I describe above, since they return by way of the High Sierra Trail and the Giant Forest. After Alta Peak he detours to Alta Meadow and then cuts off-trail across the high country to Moose Lake and finally to Pear Lake...definitely not a route for first-time visitors to the area. Pear Lake is a lake in Tulare County and has an elevation of 9544 feet. We are hiking for 7 miles with 4000 feet of elevation gain on the Lakes Trail, the Panther Gap Trail, and the Alta Trail through Panther Gap and Mehrten Meadow to Alta Peak [masked], [masked]) (11204'). It took most of the day for me to walk the 6.2 miles to Pear Lake. Overall ~14.1 miles and more than 4000` in 9 hours and 50 minutes. Situated at 11,207-feet above sea level, the peak is low enough to be accessible for most hikers but high enough to pose a challenge. Searching that includes @username is not limited to the region specified above. Track : A collection of Trackpoints, listed in the order which they were written. Set up camp at the designated 12 campsites. Not far before the junction, the trail crosses a small seasonal creek along which an abundance of wildflowers can be found in the early summer. These are the badges you have acquired. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. Alta Peak towers above Pear Lake. Route Description Follow the well-beaten trail for around 2 miles, where the trail splits. Traverse this bowl until you are just below the summit of Alta Peak. Alta Peak was an attractive destination, but the clear presence of snow not only on the approach slopes but in the visible chutes and on the ridge dissuaded us from considering that option any further. The path less taken is the Alta Peak Trail (right), although the Pear Lake trail (left) is an important one for winter travelers. Backpacker Magazine has a short description of the hike. By 1903 it was generally known by its current name and Alta Peak appears on the Tehipite quadrangle, USGS 30 minute topographic map of 1905, and was officially recognized by the Board on Geographic Names in 1928. Alta Peak, Pear Lake, and Moose Lake Backpack. The Lakes Trail, one of the most popular hikes in Sequoia National Park, climbs through dense forest to a landscape of polished granite dotted with four beautiful lakes and set amid a backdrop of rugged ridges anchored by Alta Peak (11,204-ft.). Are you sure you want to delete this trip? Day 1: hiked 6 miles, ~2000ft up to Pear Lake from Wolverton, set up base camp. We weren’t able to see Pear Lake from the summit because of the smoke but it … Route Description Follow the well-beaten trail for around 2 miles, where the trail splits. Bring a dish to share for happy hour potluck. It's a beautiful lake, basically a big granite bathtub in the shadow of Alta Peak. Alta Peak and back. Moderately strenuous climb. He may take easier longer route via eastern of Pear Lake and I took hard shorter western side of Pear Lake. Reaching these amazing views involves a long, strenuous climb gaining almost 4,000-ft. in 6.9 miles. 2006, 2008, 2010, and now 2012! This weekend getaway traverses the Alta Peak Trail into the high country of the park, climbing up to 11,207 feet before descending into the breathtaking Alta Meadow. We are hiking cross country over boulders and slabs down to visit Pear Lake. Day 2 (May 30) Pear lake - Alta peak attempt - Hump trail - Wolverton trail head We turned back a few hundreds feet below the Alta peak summit as it looked dangerous due to the loose snow. Alta Peak Trail. Would you like to save as a draft or delete this trip? Then head southwest above the cliffs that sit at the south end of Pear Lake. In total, the hike in took us around 5.5 hours, which included plenty of stops to take photos and explore the Watchtower. The weather was perfect and there were NO mosquitoes- what more could you ask for. To use manual geotagging; click the thumbnail of the photo you want to tag (located in right plane of the screen), drag the photo flag in the map plane, and drop the photo flag on any trackpoint. Was quite treacherous and difficult to safely navigate up / down. My recollection was the ascent around the east side of the lake … The trail is dubbed the Lakes Trail and it begins at Wolverton. Answer 1 of 4: Hi: I'll be spending 4 nights in SEKI during the second week of July. Jim H. Hosted by Jim H. Hike, Backpack, Climb, Travel with Wilderness Travel Course. Alta Peak Trail. The structure is more accurately called the Pear Lake Backcountry Ski Hut. Download this stock image: Pear Lake rests at the base of Alta Peak and marks the end of the 6.6 mile Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Heather and Aster Lakes are closed to overnight use. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) There are also fish in the lake. Camp only at numbered sites at Emerald and Continue along the main trail for another 0.5 miles to reach Pear Lake at 6.1 miles. One Page Version 20 January 2013. Alta Peak Alta Peak is in Sequoia National Park not far from Giant Forest.Before 1896, the mountain was known as Tharps Peak. 3 August 2008 At 1.8 miles the trail splits. Continuing up Alta Peak will require minor rock scrambling to reach the summit to see Pear Lake and the Eastern Divide. On Alta Peak Summit rock ~1pm after short stop at the lower end of Alta Peak. Heather and Aster Lakes are closed to overnight use. Started heading down to Pear Lake at 1:40pm after lunch and taking photos etc. 5 downed trees- all are stock passable. The plan was simple enough. Moose Lake became a candidate for a visit last year after seeing a photograph and a day trip to Pear Lake. There are pit toilets and water can be filtered from the stream coming out of Pear Lake or the lake … Then head southwest above the cliffs that sit at the south end of Pear Lake. Select the correct timezone for automatic geotagging. Answer 1 of 9: Hey there, My wife and I are travelling up to Sequoia Park as part of our honeymoon road trip. 8-23-14. 6 of us started at about 8:10am instead of targeted 7:30am. 백두대간43기6차 삽당령->두리봉->석병산->생계령->백봉령 좋은사람들 생계령 에서부터 2.95키로 램블러 꺼짐으로 기록안됨. I started at Wolverton and took the trail toward Panther Gap through meadows and forest. Alta Trail: Begins at Wolverton. Panorama of the Great Western Divide from Alta Peak, Clouds started rising from Kaweah River Canyon, Three of the many small lakes on the Tablelands, Granite exfoliating in sheets like the layers of an onion. Summit clear of snow. Alpine vistas and lakes. Some pretty good pictures from Stormdude . This weekend getaway traverses the Alta Peak Trail into the high country of the park, climbing up to 11,207 feet before descending into the breathtaking Alta Meadow. The plan was simple enough. Traverse this bowl until you are just below the summit of Alta Peak. There are pit toilets at Emerald Lake and campgrounds (permit required). The rest 3 of our group arrived Alta Peak ~1pm. Pear Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. The path less taken is the Alta Peak Trail (right), although the Pear Lake trail (left) is an important one for winter travelers. Alta Meadows and Pear Lake Introduction Explore Sequoia National Park’s spectacular high country with this outstanding loop through some of the most beautiful areas in the Sierra Nevada. No campfires at the lakes or in the Tablelands beyond. Click to see the details. I arrived at Pear Lake and had my first view of Alta Peak! 6.75: Arrive at Pear Lake. Pear Lake is a popular destination for day hikers and backpackers, and is reached by taking the “Lakes Trail” which passes by five beautiful subalpine lakes (hence the name). Norma and I took advantage of the incredibly mild sierra winter conditions of late and took a winter backpack trip into the Pear Lake, Emerald & H Pear Lake & Winter Alta - EisPiraten.com EisPiraten.com The hike begins at Wolverton Meadows, adjacent to Giant Forest, home of the … 6.2: Continue straight (slight right) at the Pear Lake Ranger Station split off. As you might expect the views from the shore are quite awesome. The overall hike is about 14 miles round trip with about 4,000’ of elevation gain. Snow level approximately 10,000ft. Download this stock image: Pear Lake rests at the base of Alta Peak and marks the end of the 6.6 mile Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Camping is permitted at the lake but is limited to 10 sites and requires a permit. Bring a dish to share for happy hour potluck. Must camp in designated sites. Flora & Fauna You may come across a bear on this trail before Panther Peak in the wooded area so keep your eyes open. The summit block was a lot more interesting than expected. He told me that he was thinking to take off-trail to get up to Alta Peak from there and thinking to hike down to Pear Lake. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. This was the first day hike I took after returning to the San Joaquin Valley in 1986. We do this by matching the timestamp from your photo with the timestamps of your trackpoints in your track. Goldenstatephoto.com has pictures from a backpacking trip to Pear Lake. This trail climbs about 4,500' in about 7 miles then back down again. It is usually displayed as a wavy line(a collection of segmented straight lines that connect two neighboring Trackpoints which were listed in order).A Track always has a starting Trackpoint and ending Trackpoint since it is written in order.There can be multiple tracks on a map. But then the trail to Panther Gap and Alta Peak ... then on to Pear Lake with time to swim and explore. I figured it was about time for me to go up Alta Peak myself. I decided to follow him and hoping my group would not wait for me as they were possible far away. Alta Peak and back. - 2B8R3HT from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. 6.4 miles from the trailhead, we finally arrived right as the golden light started to hit the top of the mountains and create the most perfect reflection in Pear Lake, the largest lake … The view from Alta Peak is stunning and you can see all of the surrounding mountains. Unlike the hike to Pear Lake, do not depend on water resupply sources along the way to Alta Peak. You can use a single keyword, @username, multiple keywords split on spaces, or combination of @username and keyword(s) split on spaces. 5 downed trees- all are stock passable. Saved me at least half hour by taking the shortcut. Moose Lake -> Wolverton Trailhead (~12 miles) After you've enjoyed Moose Lake, climb up toward the northeast. Moose Lake -> Wolverton Trailhead (~12 miles) After you've enjoyed Moose Lake, climb up toward the northeast. 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