14,248 ft / 4,343 m


2,894 ft / 882 m


6 summits

Top climbing months

August   50%

September  37%

July   12%

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
"Hiked Bishop Pass TH to Bishop Pass, then cross country to Thunderbolt Pass and setup basecamp about 300 ft below, next to water. Summited North Palisade the next day. Broke camp and hiked out to Bishop Pass TH on the 3rd day. Lucked out with perfect weather." - TCH, Aug 29, 2013
"This was my 2nd attempt at climbing North Pal from the Palisade Basin. The previous attempt was the day before, a humbling and harrowing solo that left me short of the summit, heading back down in terror and disappointment. I avowed to leave camp right away, packing my gear as well as my tail between my legs. However, that night, while sitting on a boulder near the lake, the sunset unfolded it's golden blanket across the airy spires, and a better perspective showed the true angle that would get me higher up the U-Notch, towards the final spiny pinnacles. In the morning, I started anew," - ultralighthouse, Aug 12, 2013



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