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Alta Peak Trail is a 14.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

Length 14.9 mi Elevation gain 4,064 ft Route type Out & Back

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Alexandra McNair
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!

J Ch
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Hiking

Took us about 4h up and about 3h down, and spent nearly an hour at the top. Great views from the top. Lots of mosquitoes in the top part but bug spray kept them from biting too much. Lots of available parking when we arrived at about 8am, even though it was July 4th. A great hike is the right way to celebrate our national parks on July 4! Not with partisan politics in front of carvings of former presidents.

edward wang
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HikingBugsGreat!

We hiked Alta Peaks on July 4th, from the Alta Peak Trailhead. We arrived at 8:30 am and there were still several spots in the parking lot. We printed a map as there is no signal up there, however, you don't need to as the signs were very clear and so were the paths. I highly recommend bringing sunscreen, bug spray, and lots of water. The top was not cold, we brought too many coats. A T-shirt and shorts would have sufficed. It took us 6 hours to get to the peak and 3 hours to make our way back to the parking lot. We took our time and ate twice. Views are nice, you can see Whitney from the peak!

Jacquelyn South
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HikingBugs

Came across a bear and had to follow him for about a mile along the trail before he went off course. Was an awesome 8 hours. Parking lot still mostly empty at 7:30. Definitely bring bug spray.

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Sam wise
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HikingOver grownRocky

Ow my legs and feet

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Randy Aguilar
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Hiking

yesterday hike was beautiful i had the mountain to myself well worth the effort

Angie G.
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Hiking

Tough for me. but with the views and magical clouds!

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Bunrim Pin
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Backpacking

Awesome summit. It says hard, but It’s only the last mile where the real hike is at. We went for the sunset summit, unfortunately my friend(25yrs old and in great physical shape) did not make up to the summit. Elevation and 65lbs bag definitely had a huge roll with his exhaustion’s . I’m 39 and in shape. My bag was just shy of 100lbs. There is a bit of scrambling towards the summit. Look out for rock formations as trail markers. The last 2.3 mile with the very last 1 mile with a huge elevation gain took me just shy of an hour and half to summit the peak. Stunning sunset at the top.

Chris Cherrison
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Hiking

Can anyone tell me if there are decent campsite along 3 trail? looking to shorten the trip to 5 or less miles in, Thanks in advance?

James Goldman
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Hiking

This trail is great. Easy to follow. Well defined. A couple of nice seasonal springs if you run low on water. The last mile is the real deal but the view is worth it. WAtch our for the marmots at the top. Curious little guys who will grab anything you set down.

Jordan Briski
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Hiking

The last mile is brutal! It’s actually a little over 15 miles total. And the views from the top were absolutely stunning!!

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Brianna Carlson Hafen
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Hiking

So gorgeous! Hiked on 06/07/20. No snow on trails. No bugs. The register box is wet and doesn’t have any paper/pens. Trail is in great condition. Once you reach the final 1/3 mile of the ascent, look for rock piles to help you mark your way up to the peak. Tough hike, but the views are worth every single step it took to get there!

Steve Kindschuh
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Hiking

Great trail. I made it to Mehrten Meadow.

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Mathew Fiegleman
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Hiking

On June 6, we hiked from Wolverton, up to Alta Peak, and then shimmied down the mountain side to Emerald lake and return via the Lakes Trail (Hump side, not Watchtower side). It was pretty challenging, especially the offroute connection down to the lakes / shimmying down boulders. There is currently a lot of snow from Alta Peak down to the lakes offroute, so the feet got wet. Took around 9 hours round trip for 2 guys in late 20s with pretty decent fitness. Otherwise I think Lakes Trail and Alta Peak have equal but different amazing views. Alta you see many high sierra peaks, Lakes trail has the mountain ridges surrounding you from down by the lakes.

Jon E
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Jon E
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SkiingIcyOff trailSnow

Skied the west gully of Alta Peak. What a great day for it too. Snow is getting pretty thin. Need another round of snow like in December.

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Dean G
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Hiking

Super awesome trail. You really feel the altitude my heart was pounding like crazy. Pays to be somewhat fit to do this climb with a 27 pound backpack. Lakes were beautiful will do again for sure. Correction I took the lakes trail up thus I was able to see the lakes but then connected to Alta Peak from the back. Bring enough food cause I didn’t

Fred Fisher
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Hiking

Fun

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Brittany Robinson
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Hiking

such a tough hike BUT SO AWESOME!!!

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Jon E
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If you are looking to link the lakes trail with the Alta Peak trail, this is the most direct and easiest way to do it. Enjoy!

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Ursula Gilliam
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Hiking

Love this hike! Perfect weather! Water is still available at several crossings.

Shane K.
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Went Oct 26 and the weather was perfect. Little chilly in the morning but I was shirt and shorts on the way down. Last mile is no joke. Keep on top of your nutrition. Expect to take 4-6 hours.

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