The 15 Emblem Peaks of the Sierra Nevada as defined by the Sierra Peaks Section. Includes peaks considered the most iconic peaks of the Sierra Nevada. More info:


Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

474 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Whitney

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 1 peak

Class 3/4 1 peak

Top climbing months

August   25%

July   23%

September  20%

"Started from Agnew’s Meadow. Followed PCT/JMT/Shadow lake trail to Ediza Lake. Took Clyde Variation Route for Banner Summit. Encountered heavy Winds and turned back at 11,400 feet at the snow field. Our retreat route avoided the earlier class 3 sections by descending into the Basin near Iceberg Lake. This was class 2 and did not cliff out. Then proceeded to retrace our route back to Agnew. Storm clouds came in shorty after. " - Mount Ritter, Zardoz, Sep 14, 2018
"Nevada's Wheeler Peak was originally supposed to be the highlight of this eight-day getaway out west. Summiting that 13er would have been ambitious enough considering my previous high point was only 11.5k feet. That all changed when I went to the website two weeks before my trip and noticed that a permit (well, two actually) had suddenly become available. I immediately snatched up one of them and paid the $25 fee without hesitation. After the initial euphoria wore off a bit, I started to wonder if two weeks would be ample time to train for this 22-mile round-trip hike with ov" - Mount Whitney, theascent, Sep 6, 2018
"This is a big mountain. After bailing on Williamson last Labor Day after climbing Tyndall, I went back with an even more intrepid set of partners to try again. TH parking was full on Saturday so ended up ditching car on side of road (to be continued...) and hiking up the road for a bit. Uneventful but warm climb up to Anvil Camp. Sunday we got a fairly leisurely start at 7am which turned out to be too late in the day for this big of a mountain. Climbing up Shepherd Pass was made eerier by the set of deer carcasses strewn about the bottom of the hill. Bear? Mountain Lion? Snow Drift" - Mount Williamson, edg, Sep 2, 2018
"This was a tough hike (type 2 fun) and not for everyone! It's the elevation that really kicks ass and adds a whole other dimension of challenges to overcome. If lucky enough to win the lotto, train, train, train! Plan on a couple of elevation hikes prior to Whitney. I took on Mt Conness (12,000') the weekend prior and found I don't do well in elevation above 10,000. I took some Diamox for Whitney, which helped a lot, but not 100%. It's a beautiful hike, met a ton of nice people, and the view is stunning! Watching the sunrise was also amazing. If you're heading out for this one, check out " - Mount Whitney, colleenmarie512, Sep 1, 2018
"California Mountaineering Club Outing led by yours truly- After ascending Banner Peak via SW slopes, we descended to key saddle. We climbed a steep snow field where we accessed start of North Face route. We had almost 1,000 vertical feet of class 3 climbing. The last 30 ft before the ridge was the crux of the route; I would describe it as “old school class 3”. We then followed the ridge to a ramp which crossed under the summit. Asaka dropped her backpack 200 ft down the north face. I descended the loose sketchy face and retrieved the backpack. We followed the ramp to a chockstone, which we av" - Mount Ritter, seancasserly, Aug 25, 2018