Login with Facebook
The Impala

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Diagonal Route, The T 
East Ridge T 
South Face T 

The Impala  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 11,980'
Location: 36.5863, -118.2679 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 1,915
Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris S on Jul 12, 2010
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: The Impala and The Springbok from Lower Boy Scout ...

Access limited from May to October every year MORE INFO >>>


Technically a sub-peak of Mt Carillon, The Impala is the left-hand formation that rises up above Lower Boy Scout Lake. Despite being south-facing and excellent Sierra granite, The Impala gets few ascents from the hoard of climbers passing below on their way to Whitney and Russell. It would be an excellent warm-up peak for a team with an extra afternoon to spare.

References: Secor, The High Sierra, 3rd ed., pg 80-81

Getting There 

Approach via the North Fork of Lone Pine Peak - if you camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake and go no further, you should not need the special Whitney Zone permit. Tell the permitting office that you are climbing a sub-summit of Mt Carillon. If you are climbing this enroute to Whitney or Russell, then Upper Boy Scout Lake makes for a better approach/return.

The best approach is from the sandy bench beneath the Russell-Carillon Col, from Upper Boy Scout Lake. If you are climbing without a Whitney Zone permit and staying within the letter of the law, you'll need to ascend from Lower Boy Scout Lake up the gully seperating the Impala and the Springbok before traversing left on ledge to gain the base of the Impala.

Climbing Season

For the Whitney and Surrounding Peaks area.

Weather station 15.2 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For The Impala
The start of the Diagonal Route.

The Diagonal Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : High Sierra : ... : The Impala
Follow the obvious crack/chimney system that starts in the center of the face and trends right. When the chimney gains the East Ridge, there are several 1-2 pitch options to finish the route at the (false) summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Impala Slideshow Add Photo
Showing the three documented routes on The Impala:...
BETA PHOTO: Showing the three documented routes on The Impala:...
View of the Impala and the Springbok from Upper Bo...
View of the Impala and the Springbok from Upper Bo...

Comments on The Impala Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!