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North Palisade

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North Palisade  


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Elevation: 14,242'
Location: 37.0942, -118.514 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Mar 9, 2006
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Kia on the snow field below the summit of North Pa...

Description 

Simply stated, the finest alpine peak in California. The summit of this peak should be on everyone's tick list.

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 5.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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['<=5.6',3],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Palisade:
Southwest Chute   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
U-Notch Couloir   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI2 M1 Mod. Snow     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, Grade III   
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Note three climbers in the U-Notch Couloir.

U-Notch Couloir 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI2 M1 Mod. Snow  CA : High Sierra : North Palisade
A nice alpine route which is almost out of character for the High Sierra. Save time wherever possible. Also get an alpine start.From Sam Mack Meadow climb the lefthand 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 head straight up to the start of the couloir. About...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Palisades, from the summit of Mt. Agassiz, 13,...
The Palisades, from the summit of Mt. Agassiz, 13,...
North Palisade eastern approach
BETA PHOTO: North Palisade eastern approach
Starlight Peak behind the Palisade Moraine
Starlight Peak behind the Palisade Moraine
North Palisade from Mount Gayley - U-Notch Couloir...
BETA PHOTO: North Palisade from Mount Gayley - U-Notch Couloir...
Polemonium Peak, North Palisade, Starlight Peak, a...
Polemonium Peak, North Palisade, Starlight Peak, a...
North Palisades from Dusy Basin
North Palisades from Dusy Basin
U Notch and N. Palisade, July, 2006
U Notch and N. Palisade, July, 2006
Self-portrait near the summit of N. Pal; T-Bolt, A...
Self-portrait near the summit of N. Pal; T-Bolt, A...

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