Mileage - 14
Time - 3:58
AEG - 4,221ft
Alta Peak is the highest summit accessible by a maintained trail from the main part of the park. Alta reaches a height of 11,204 feet, offering an expansive view into the Western Sierras. Getting there is a challenge for even the strongest hikers, especially in snow pack. My 14-mile round trip hike/trail run began from the Wolverton trailhead at an elevation of 7,000ft. Living at sea level doesn't fair well when starting an ascent like this as my breathing was labored within the first few hundred yards. I continued on, running at times when the grade was mellow, passing a few backpackers along the way.
The return trip was a breeze, slaloming down the snow field and bounding back to solid ground. I re-hydrated, took a gel and away I went. Before long I was in the forest running the last three miles back to Wolverton.
|Never a bad view in the Sierras|
|Two miles to go|
|One of my favorite views|
|Snow field - trail below to the left|
|Alta Peak - 11,204 ft|
|Breathing hard at the summit|