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Leavitt Peak via Sonora Pass Trailhead

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.5 mile 5.7 kilometer point to point
Ascent
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,022' 616 m
Descent: -285' -87 m
High: 11,426' 3,483 m
Low: 9,690' 2,953 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 12% (7°)
Max Slope: 40% (22°)
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Trail shared by Ian Bohannon

Summit Leavitt Peak starting at the highest point on the Sonora Pass.

Ian Bohannon
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
The Sonora Pass typically opens early summer. Prior to the road opening, snowmobiles are required to access this area. Wilderness permits are required if staying overnight.

Need to Know

Many choose to descend the longer trail to Deadman Creek. If you choose to do this, park a second car at the switchback turnout west of the trailhead or plan on hitchhiking. This is about a 10-15 drive and is longer than it looks. Don't plan on walking it.

Description

This route ascends Leavitt Peak via the Sonora Pass Trailhead, which is the highest point on on the Sonora Pass and a popular stop for PCTers. Park at a pullout near the trailhead and head straight south up the first obvious ridgeline. Many skiers will choose to lap this first short climb. Enjoy the view and continue on to Leavitt Peak on flat terrain before a short downhill section to the bowl and start the last grueling 1000 foot climb to Leavitt Peak.

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Jun 22, 2019
Joe Peplowski

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Base of Leavitt Peak showing the main bowl and Y-Couloir on the left.
Jun 12, 2019 near Bridgeport, CA
Looking at Leavitt Peak from the first ridgeline.
Jun 12, 2019 near Bridgeport, CA
Midway up the grueling climb to Leavitt Peak.
Jun 12, 2019 near Bridgeport, CA
Leavitt Peak main bowl.
Jun 12, 2019 near Bridgeport, CA
Top of the Leavitt Peak bowl.
Jun 12, 2019 near Bridgeport, CA

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