Alta Peak Trail

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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.

Distance: 14.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,064 feet Route Type: Out & Back

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

Fun

such a tough hike BUT SO AWESOME!!!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

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!

hiking
29 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Water was still available approx 2.5 miles and 5 miles in. I packed way too much water given the creek condition. I would have packed 2L only next time. Oct 16. Nice hard hike. I took many breaks the last couple of miles. 6 hours, 50 minutes total. I will do it again as the air was Smokey from prescribed burns. That was disappointing.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

October 6 update. Summited 8th time yesterday. Trail is pretty dry. Most creeks are dried up this time of year. Prepare for a long day. A little hazy due to prescribed burn. Great weather, few clouds.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice variety of scenery changes. That thinning air gets to you and will slow you down the last couple miles of the ascend. View at the top and others along the way make it worth the effort. Took me 8 hours round trip.

hiking
3 months ago

The last two miles were brutal!!! Totally worth it. Awesome view.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Simply stunning. Kicked my butt, for sure. Very strenuous at the last two miles, as other hikers noted. Flowers, 360 views and no people! Loved every minute of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and deer. The last mile is very steep, but the rest is fairly easy.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

This trail is an amazing trail with An amazing view if you make it to the top! The last 2 miles of the hike are very strenuous, with 2k ft in elevation gain. Certainly one of the tougher hikes I’ve ever done, probably even harder than the 18mi hike of half dome given the elevation and steep terrain at the top. Bring 4L of water as it will be necessary.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful meadows, streams, wildflowers and vistas! Hard climb at the end but an amazing view of the high Sierras at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful wildflowers. definitely strenuous. drop some of your pack weight after the first medow.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike with incredible views from the summit

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery the whole way. Last 2 miles was difficult but well worth it. Great weather. Can do in a day just start early

Hiked 8/9. Did this as a day hike: took 7.5 hours with breaks. The views were simply amazing. The last 2 miles are quite uphill, but worth it. Enjoyed lunch at the peak. Trail is in great condition and easy to follow.

hiking
3 months ago

Went in Mid-August. Wildflowers were blooming in every color, many creek crossing full of water and life - just a gorgeous hike. The trail is well maintained and well marked. Even for a map idiot like me, it was easy to know which way I’m going. You won’t miss a turn or lose trail along the way. It starts out easy - gradual slope, almost - and stays that way until about when you go around Tharps Rock. From there the trail gets serious. Last mile and a half was hard for me, but if you are in shape, it should be just fine. If not, take your time and you’ll get there. The view from the peak was majestic - granite walls, meadows, pine trees, and lake - everything to love about Sierra Nevada all in one place.

backpacking
4 months ago

beautiful trail! approach to panther gap pretty spectacular. set up camp at mehrten meadow. summitted alta peak the following day for sunset.

hiking
4 months ago

A wonderful hike. The arrival at the summit and extraordinary !!!

hiking
4 months ago

Snow isn’t an issue now. Great views of Pear Lake and great western divide.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Very rewarding views!!! The top of the Alta peak was absolutely amazing. And a bit before getting there, there's a creek that runs along the trail, i saw 6 marmots there!!! They're very cute.

hiking
4 months ago

today 7/23/2018 summited, trail was great, little snow in the last half mile but can easily be walked around. snow is currently melting fast.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with amazing views! The part currently covered in snow (July 20, 2019) was very doable in regular ole hiking boots, we just stayed to the left and followed where others had gone before us.

muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, stunning views, extremely hard! Unfortunately due to snow we couldn't summit we had to scramble over a super big rocky section and I just bunked and started feeling sick. so we rested and I had to call it. I'd like to try again when the trail is usable.

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