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Mt. Sill  

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Elevation: 14,153'
Location: 37.0959, -118.503 View Map  Incorrect?
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High alpine peak in the Palisades - California's most alpine mountain group. Has a commanding view of the surrounding area. Most usually accessed from the east, via North Fork of Big Pine Creek.

Getting There 

The eastern approach:

From Big Pine on 395 drive up the road to Glacier Lodge, trailhead is signed on the right.

Hike up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek past Cienega Mirth, Lon Chaney's old cabin, and First, Second, and Third (spectacular views of Temple Crag) Lakes, then instead of continuing on to Fourth Lake turn south and up into Sam Mack Meadow. This is where I usually camp (6 miles, 3,400 ft of elevation gain). People staying more than a couple of days may want to cross the creek and head up the glacier trail to primitive sites either below the Palisade Glacier Moraine, or on the Moraine (1.25 miles, 1,100 more feet of gain).

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Sill:
North Couloir   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   
Swiss Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   
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Route schematic, Swiss Arete

Swiss Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : High Sierra : Mt. Sill
Although not quite as spectacular as its namesake climb on the Matterhorn, the rock is so much better, in a more remote setting too.From Sam Mack Meadow climb the left-hand gully at the back of the meadow, bear right under the Palisade Glacier moraine, through another shallow gully just to its right (Thunderbolt Peak framed in the notch) and so gradually gain the crest of the moraine. Follow it until it peters out (wonderful views of North Pal) then work across the Glacier towards Glacier Notch ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Mt. Sill Slideshow Add Photo
Temple-Galey-Sill traverse from Temple Crag
BETA PHOTO: Temple-Galey-Sill traverse from Temple Crag
Mount Sill eastern approach
BETA PHOTO: Mount Sill eastern approach
Galey-Sill traverse from Temple Crag
Galey-Sill traverse from Temple Crag
Mt. Sill. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Sill. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Sill and polemoniums.
Mt. Sill and polemoniums.
Approaching the palisade glacier
Approaching the palisade glacier
Tavis on the summit of Mt Sill. Norman Clyde Peak ...
Tavis on the summit of Mt Sill. Norman Clyde Peak ...
Mt Sill Swis ArÍte .
Mt Sill Swis ArÍte .

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