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Middle Palisade in Sierra Nevada (14012 ft)

August 13, 9:00 am - August 16, 9:00 pm

This event is posted on a short notice to see if anybody in the group would be interested in joining me on the trip to the Middle Palisade. The mountain standing at 14,012 feet is one of the more spectacular in the Palisades ridge that lies just west of Big Pine, CA. While this trip is a backpacking event, it involves day hiking as well as rock scrambling. Please read carefully.

IMPORTANT: Reaching the summit requires a class 3 rock scrambling for the last 1000 feet of ascent. No ropes or any kind of mountaineering equipment is needed. However, certain experience in rock scrambling is preferred. The YouTube links below should give an idea of the scrambling route:


Monday, August 13: Drive to Big Pine (around 6 hours) and acclimate. Trail head is located at Glacier Lodge at the elevation of 7600 feet, 11 miles west of Big Pine.

Tuesday, August 14: Pick up walk-in wilderness permits at Bishop ranger station. Hike from Glacier Lodge trail head to Finger Lake (~6 miles). Camp at Finger Lake (elevation 10,750 feet).

Wednesday, August 15: Summit day. Start at sunrise. The first 2000 feet are off-trail class 1-2 scrambling. Nothing too bad. We may have to cross a couple of small snow fields. Nothing too steep though. The last 1,000 feet is a class 3 scramble to the summit. We will take a Red rocks route known for its loose rocks. So wearing a helmet is a must. No other equipment is required. After reaching the summit, we will descend the same way to our camp at Finger Lake. Depending on time, we will then either spend another night at Finger Lake or hike down to trail head at Glacier Lodge.

Thursday, August 16: Drive home.

– Camping food for 2 nights;
– Sunglasses and sunscreen;
– A helmet (a bicycle helmet will suffice);
– Clip-ons for walking on the snow if desired (not mandatory).

The first 5-6 miles are on the trail. The section after Finger Lake involves rock scrambling. Boulders can be unstable, so caution is needed. The last 1000 feet is a class 3 rock scrambling section exceeding 45 degrees. Extreme caution is required!

Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. Joining hikes with the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is entirely voluntary and participants assume the full risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in the hiking activity, and to bring appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions. The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group and the individual hike organizers make no representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. We understand that your “Yes” RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group “About” section for more details.

Please use comment section if you have any questions or suggestions – I am flexible to changing details.


August 13, 9:00 am
August 16, 9:00 pm
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