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Winter Alta Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,328'
Location: 36.5979, -118.6535 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Jan 9, 2013
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Ski mountaineering destination east of the popular Alta Peak has a superb view from its summit.

The NW Ridge is a fun Class 2 scramble from the sublime Pear Lake.

Getting There 

From the Wolverton Trailhead take the Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, then follow the cross country use trail, marked by occasional ducks, to Moose Lake, leave this at the rocky gap on the crest of the eastern wall enclosing Pear Lake.

Go here for permits if planning an overnighter.

If planning an overnighter I highly recommend camping at Pear Lake, which is very beautiful but also very popular, so popular that it has assigned camp sites.

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Weather station 4.2 miles from here

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Photos of Winter Alta Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pear Lake
Pear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Pear Lake on a cloudy early evening.
Pear Lake on a cloudy early evening.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Pear Lake
Sunset at Pear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Winter Alta with its prominent NW Ridge.
Winter Alta with its prominent NW Ridge.
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1000 foot slabs north of Elizabeth Pass, as seen f...

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By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
May 22, 2015
I moved this one into the newer Sequoia National Park area from the High Sierra, since it fits better here now IMHO. If you disagree no prob, just let me know and I'll put it back.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
May 27, 2015
Well I see that this area is to cover anything accessed from the west - this peak is accessed from the west.

However I don't agree with this as a driver, because many peaks can be accessed from both sides. The original intent of "High Sierra" was to include any peak in the range whether it was accessible from any compass point. Needless to say the system continues to move towards more and more complication and therefore a more complex hierarchy.

It appears I'm in the minority in trying to keep things simple, what could be simpler than clicking High Sierra, then a peak and then a route?

So, if you move this peak you're going to have to start moving all of the peaks in the park(s) which have a possible west side approach, Charlotte Dome for example.

It seems like we're moving to include the parks, Inyo, Ansel, etc. etc. Let's hope the people using MP know which park/area their peak is located within the range of the High Sierra.

It'll take lots of work - and I'm hoping that I'll continue to be an administrator and not orphaned out.

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