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

3 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Aug 29, 2013. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Routes Used trails & approaches

66% West Chute

16% Rap in to U Notch

16% Traverse from Starlight


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14,248 ft / 4,343 m


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Height Rank Range

Sierra Nevada


California, United States

Summited by

  • TCH
  • Yosemike
  • tombecht

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