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

462 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  19%

"Finally got Whitney. A particularly emotional experience, ending the JMT here. Acting overcautious on some InReach weather beta, I left camp above Guitar Lake just before two. Was on the summit by 4:30 waiting for the sun where I indulged a recent altitude tradition of English tea with milk. The summit doesn't disappoint, with expansive, dramatic views in nearly every direction. The winding craggy trail there is out of a movie. The hut makes it feel like an even higher mountain. A poignant ending to a very moving trek. Then its off to scramble fun on Muir Peak which felt appropriate." - Mount Whitney, JustinB, Aug 10, 2018
"JMT side trip. Parked by the unnamed lake just to it's NorthWest and went up before dawn. There's only bits and pieces of use trails so you're actually best off waiting for light to find your route. Down with the sun was much easier. You're pretty much grinding scree and hopping small talus all the way up. You'll be happy to know, however, that the prosaic view witnessed from it's West changes entirely once you near the saddle. It becomes quite steep dramatic with fearsome views out to the East. Oh and there's excellent AT&T service here." - Split Mountain, JustinB, Aug 6, 2018
"Bonus Peak after North guard. Ascended via northern slopes. Class 2-3. Summit block just west of the register. Returned to Sphinx Lake that night. Hiked out following day. With Daryn and Sandra" - Mount Brewer, seancasserly, Jul 2, 2018
"Overnight trip up Olancha with some cool Orange County WTCers. Stayed at a bench off the PCT. Water levels are getting a bit scarce but there were a few spots off the PCT. I can't imagine they'll stick around long. It's also a bit buggy, especially before Olancha pass. Big scramble up to the peak. There are couple spots to start from, both marked by ducks. Many paths go and it's not nearly as bad as it looks from a distance. Incredible views of the lower Sierra, with Kaweah featured north and especially flattering views of Crag to the south." - Olancha Peak, JustinB, Jun 10, 2018
"My mountain-climbing tour was winding down and I wanted to finish it with a bang. I was planning on day-hiking Olancha Peak, but on a lark I dropped into the Ranger Station outside Lone Pine to see if there were any Whitney permits left. It was Memorial Day, so surely there wouldn't be any...wait, what's that? There are over 30 no-show permits available? Did I want one? Uhh...I guess I'm snow-climbing Whitney tomorrow! I started at the portal at 3:05a. I was pretty well acclimatized and made good progress up the Main Trail, arriving at Trail Camp just in time for the sunrise. At that time, " - Mount Whitney, klotito, May 28, 2018