North Palisade

North Palisade is a California 14er and the third highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada range of California. It is the highest peak of the Palisades group of peaks in the central part of the range. It sports a small glacier (the Palisade Glacier) and several highly prized rock climbing routes on its northeast side. The easiest route is the class 4 LeConte Route, but the most popular route is the class 5 U-Notch Couloir, a California mountaineering classic. North Palisade has several named subsidiary peaks over 14,000 feet. These all lie on the main ridge crest, and are as follows: Polemonium Peak, Starlight Peak (known for its famous "Milk Bottle", a 20 ft pillar of rock which huge exposure with a climbing grade of about 5.6), and Thunderbolt Peak.

North Palisade SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by Yosemike

4 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Aug 29, 2013. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are West Chute, Rap in to U Notch and Traverse from Starlight.

Routes Used trails & approaches

75% West Chute

12% Rap in to U Notch

12% Traverse from Starlight


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