14,248 ft / 4,343 m

#5 in California

#49 in United States


2,894 ft / 882 m

#54 in California

#481 in United States


10 summits

#690 in California

#3,194 in United States

Top climbing months

August   41%

September  33%

July   16%

Most climbed route

West Chute


  • North Palisade is a California 14er and the third highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada range of California.
  • Highest peak of the Palisades group of peaks in the central part of the Sierras.
  • 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 is the highest point in Kings Canyon National Park