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Sonora Peak Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Markleeville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,093 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Explore the dramatic Yosemite-like scenery of Stanislaus National Forest on open roads with nary a tour bus in sight. The 11,495 foot tall Sonora Peak lies in the heart of Stanislaus National Forest on CA-108, 2,000 feet above the second highest mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada mountain range known as Sonora Pass.

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12 days ago

Nice views, windy summit, lost the trail a few times. All trails gps saved the day!

recorded Sonora Peak Trail

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13 days ago

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19 days ago

This trail was harder mentally and emotionally than physically. It was so challenging to find where the trail was going, and we went off trail 2 or 3 times. The last time going down from the peak, there was snow everywhere (in June!) so no way to find the trail. Ended up scaling down half the mountain on all fours. Was eventually able to find the trail again, but quite the challenge! Had fun but won’t do this again.

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1 month ago

So much fun. Went off trail due to snow. Eliminated about a couple of miles off the summit but wasn’t a safe play. Lots of snow and very rocky thru certain areas. The view from the top was epic. Clear view of the mountain ranges. The Sierra mountains is just absolutely breathtaking

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7 months ago

Hike was awesome, trail was not very clear coming back down. Had to go off trail to find trail on the descent. Very rocky near peak, beautiful day up top, light wind and sun was radiant.

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8 months ago

Started off at the Sonora Pass parking area trail and got lost a bit as we hit some steep volcanic spires, did some serious scrambling and found the trail at the far end of the ridge. From there, it was nice and easy with awesome 360 views. Lotsa loose rocks and scree most of the way - very windy too. Great hike...next up Stanislaus Peak

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8 months ago

Was up here again this past Friday still hoping for my first buck. Have seen a lot of deer in area. Actually decided to go for my 1st true mtn top experience and glad it was Sonora Peak as my first time backpacking/hunting was a bit further along St. Mary's Trail toward Stanislaus w/ dad when I was 13...will be 52 next 11/6. Passed a 70yr old hiker on his way up (3rd time this yr) as I descended. Hope I'm going that strong when I'm 70!! Whoever might read this the Logbook could use a few new pens as most were dried out and maybe a mylar bag. Was grateful for the wind break.

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8 months ago

Not a recommended hike for anyone with lower back, legs, lungs or heart problems - this is an incredibly challenging hike. It is a straight incline for 2.4 miles (if you go clockwise). The last .3-.4 miles is climbing the face of the peak so it's straight up, with patches of snow and incredibly rocky. Hiking boots are a must and hiking sticks are highly recommended. There were muddy parts and the trail is all loose dirt and rocks. My friends and I slipped and fell several times even with boots, so be very careful. The trail is also not very well marked (other than the PCT) so make sure to keep the AllTrails app handy or have a map. That being said, the view from the top is beautiful. This is a very remote hike with very little traffic. You'll get warm during the ascent and descent but the peak is very windy so dress in long hiking pants, layers and a sweater or jacket.

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9 months ago

Incredible views. Not for the casual day hiker. Not a year round trail as Hwy 108 is closed in the winter above strawberry, ca at sno-park. As I was hunting I didn't go all the way to peak this trip.

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9 months ago

First solo Peak, it was great! The map was really helpful. I should have stayed on the PCT on my way back down, since it meets up with it again and it is a clearer trail. Definitely recommend.

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10 months ago

WARNING: If you're doing this loop counterclockwise starting at the Sonora Pass parking area, notice that there are two trails heading north. The PCT passes directly behind the toilet building -- and the signboard is missing as of 9/1/19. The other trail, which leaves from the parking loop, looks perfectly respectable trail at the beginning but leads directly into the midst of the volcanic columns, becoming steeper as the dirt turns into scree, and eventually leaving you with an unplanned, treacherous rock climb without ropes. There is also no trail marker at hard left where the trail to Sonora Peak departs from the PCT. We were not the only people to breeze past this junction and continue north on the PCT for a long while until it became obvious we had missed a turn. We exhausted ourselves so fully from the death-defying climb followed by the extra mileage that we had no energy left to reach the summit.

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