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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.

Length14.9 miElevation gain4064 ftRoute typeOut & Back
Cross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnowFeeNo dogs
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Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. The Alta Peak Trail is a showcase of grand panoramic vistas, most dramatically in the last mile and a half before the peak. The rocky environment around the peak is strikingly beautiful, with sights that are unique to the alpine environment such as some fascinating alpine flowers and the rare Foxtail Pine (a long-lived relative of the Bristlecone Pine, the world’s oldest trees).

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Miriam Memije
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Amazing views! Last two miles are the hardest. Will definitely do this trail again

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Stephanie Lorenzo
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail, amazing views and very well maintained. Started at 9am which was a little late and affected by daylight savings so start early. Also when they say the last time miles are the hardest they aren’t kidding. Conserve your energy, it gets rough up there, but so worth it !

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Ben Bowman
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Great views for the whole trail. The first 1/3 of it goes through a Sequoia forest, which was impressive. The peak offered great views of the Sierra. It was about 55 degrees at the top in late October, which was unexpectedly warm!

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Michael Brotherton
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Good

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Melissa Pettis
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Very challenging but rewarding! The last 2 miles are crazy steep. Beautiful well maintained trail.

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Angie Lira
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Amazing hike!!

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Luis Anzualda
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Brady Lusk
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Only made it to the base of the peak. It was to smoky to see anything at all so we decided to forgo the peak. Will definitely be back though.

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Anita Rodriquez
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We saw bear family. Dear. Beautiful hike

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Ryan Preston
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HikingGreat!

Definitely challenging last 2 miles on the way up (about 2,000ft elevation in final stretch). Excellent 360deg views of valley and nearby lakes from the top.

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Isidro Ramos
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Ashley Brown
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Difficult

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Geoffrey Moen
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HikingBugsFee

Well marked and easy to follow trail. I started at 2:45 in the afternoon and made it back just about 6 hours later. Caught a beautiful sunset on the way down, but was in total darkness for the last 45 minutes - headlamp came in very handy. Lots of droppings in the trail, and I came across a large male deer that approached and caused me to back off the trail for a bit. It was a very easy hike until the last thousand feet or so to the top, but it’s not that steep even at the top. Very few people were out. Great hike overall - very peaceful, with an amazing view from the top.

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Jacob Burgo
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Jam Gascon
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I wasnt able to record the hike since the service was awful. The last 2.1 miles was no kidding hard and felt like the whole day honestly. It sure was challenging and literally breath taking! Make sure to bring tons of water and even snacks!!! By snacks, bring something filling because you’re going to need it to recharge. The hike itself was really pretty and even took a whole ton of photos! I’m waiting for some friends to send some more. Anyways, I’d do it again and this hike was the highest peak i’ve been and all of my friends were proud to have accomplished this!!!

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Steve Daniels
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Backpacking

As many people mention, the last two miles are steep and sandy. Give yourself enough time to get to the top as you will be glad that you did. The views are magnificent. The area can be prone to thunder and lightning in late summer and hikers are totally exposed the last stretch of the way. The last time we were there we had to descend almost immediately due to impending lightning.

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Darren Bunch
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It was definitely a tough-ass Peak to climb and when I did it, was my first time over 11k and the first time I’d actually felt the altitude effects on a hike. The last 2-miles was just a horrendous slog for me, but if you just take the switchbacks as one small goal at a time, you’ll make it. The Peak itself is small and slanted and people should just snap their pix and get off, but they don’t. They just stay in the way of everyone else wanting their much deserved glory moment. The view is actually much better down and away from the summit rock. Overall, a great hike and accomplishment

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AN M
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Tbh, I was disappointed with this trail. We started at Wolverton (15 miles round trip reaching 11,207 ft elevation at the summit). The last 2 miles were brutal! Trying to get adjusted to the altitude while navigate the loose gravel is very hard. Do not go on this hike unless you have a filtration system (they can be pretty cheap, $20 on Amazon for a life straw). Also, only go if you have shoes with good traction. We were disappointed with the trail just because the view at the top wasn’t that great. It’s a small-ish area, and with multiple people up there, it’s hard to find anywhere to sit and relax/enjoy the view. I’ve seen better views at other trails, personally. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend the trail. There are a lot of bugs which can be solved with bug spray. My best tips would be to take it slow and take many breaks as well as start early (we started at 8:30 and were back to our truck by 6:30. Had lunch at the top which is included in time), or else the altitude will kick your ass and cause you to turn back early. Make sure to wear sunblock (and reapply it!) cause we are absolutely toasted now. The trail has lots of shade and sun patches all over it. Good trail if you want a challenge and have the necessary gear.

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Jeremy Hilliard
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Great day hike, started at 9am back by 4:30 with an hour at the top. Despite having bug spray I had a bee, fly or other loud buzzing insect circling me for most of the hike. On 8/1 there was a group of flying ants at the very top rock of the summit, however you get just as great of a view 20ft below. Trail is mostly in forest and at a gradual ascent until Alta Meadow, from there you have to climb about 2,400 ft in 2 miles. Last mile took about at hour. Brought 6L water, drank 4. Perfect temp day with no clouds.

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Sonia Lachapelle
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Gorgeous and spectacular!! Alta Peak to Pear Lake in this recording was backcountry and gnarly A few wildflowers left

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Brooke E
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Tough hike. I didn't make it to the peak itself because I had planned for Pear Lake (stopped about 1 mile short because I packed too much gear), but I still logged 18.56 round trip starting at Wolverton. Lots of flies when I went on Saturday, also. But the views are beautiful and still worth the trip. It's good to start early because the morning is so gorgeous out in the back country.

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Mike Baldy
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Wonderful, yet strenuous, hike. Parked at Wolverton, and started in the woods with some beautiful Sequoias. Gorgeous views along the ridge, and a tiring summit along some loose gravel/sand. Great views of Pear Lake and Mt. Whitney from the top. There’s actually cell service up there too. Saw a black bear on the way back about 15 yards away but he didn’t bother us. We also tacked on the Alta Meadows +2 miles or so, with some nice views there too. Highly recommended!

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Sophia Metcalf
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Hiked as a day hike on 7/21. This is honestly one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. I’m 24 and in pretty good shape (run 25-30 mi per week), and did it in about 10 hours. If you’re not from the mountains, the altitude really will get you. The last two miles took me almost 2 hours, just because I kept having to stop to catch my breath and get my heart rate back down. Did see a bear as I was coming back down, about 3 miles from Wolverton, but he was very chill and moved off as I made noise to pass him. Bring at least 3 litres of water, and maybe a filtration system. Again, the altitude is something else haha. Overall, amazing hike, would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Jack Tesmer
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Insane 360 views on the peak of the surrounding area. Comparing it to Pear lake, it was less crowded and had more incline, making it a great alternative. I recommend hiking as early as possible to get clear conditions on the top.

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McKenzie Jacobson
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Did the day hike on 19/07, an absolutely beautiful trial! There were not a lot of mosquitoes and it was a fairly busy day. I saw a bear on the trail about 10 minutes before the split off to pear lake near the river, would recommend having a bell or a group of people to make some noise.

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