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North Palisade

California > High Sierra > 09 - Palisades & Surr…

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).

Routes from Left to Right

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 4
West Face
Trad, Alpine
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
 13
Southwest Chute
Trad, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI2 M1 Mod. Snow
 28
U-Notch Couloir
Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Face
 4
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine
Southwest Chute
 13
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad, Alpine
U-Notch Couloir
 28
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI2 M1 Mod. Snow Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine

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Kia on the snow field below the summit of North Palisade via Clyde Couloir.
[Hide Photo] Kia on the snow field below the summit of North Palisade via Clyde Couloir.
The Palisades, from the summit of Mt. Agassiz, 13,893 ft
[Hide Photo] The Palisades, from the summit of Mt. Agassiz, 13,893 ft
North Palisade eastern approach
[Hide Photo] North Palisade eastern approach
Starlight Peak behind the Palisade Moraine
[Hide Photo] Starlight Peak behind the Palisade Moraine
Telephoto of North Palisade from Black Lake.
[Hide Photo] Telephoto of North Palisade from Black Lake.
North Palisade on the approach to Sam Mack Lake.
[Hide Photo] North Palisade on the approach to Sam Mack Lake.
Self-portrait near the summit of N. Pal; T-Bolt, Agassiz visible in background
[Hide Photo] Self-portrait near the summit of N. Pal; T-Bolt, Agassiz visible in background
U Notch and N. Palisade, July, 2006
[Hide Photo] U Notch and N. Palisade, July, 2006
North Palisades from Dusy Basin
[Hide Photo] North Palisades from Dusy Basin
North Palisade from Mount Gayley - U-Notch Couloir is obvious on the left.
[Hide Photo] North Palisade from Mount Gayley - U-Notch Couloir is obvious on the left.