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Ascent of Sonora Peak on 1996-07-05

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, July 5, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sonora Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11459 ft / 3492 m

Ascent Trip Report

The pass and the peak take their name from the town of Sonora, established in 1848 by Mexican miners from the state of Sonora. (Gudde, p. 316) The peak was probably named by the Wheeler Survey and is shown on atlas sheet 56D of 1878-79. (Browning, p. 205)

Located in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness area and on the boundaries of the Stanislaus and Toiyabe National Forests. The peak is usually dayhiked via St. Mary's Pass and no permits are needed for dayhikes. A permit is needed for overnight trips. The nearest Forest Service office is the Toiyabe National Forest office at P.O. Box 595, Bridgeport, CA 93517. Tele: (619) 932-7070

Sonora Peak is an easy hike from the St. Mary's Pass trailhead which is 0.9 miles west of the crest of Sonora Pass on route 108. Parking is good at the marked trailhead just north of the highway. The summit is visible from the parking area. Start the hike going north on the good trail which reaches St. Mary's Pass after 1.2 miles where there is a wilderness sign. From the pass go east on a use trail up to broad slopes west of the summit. Go northeast to the ridge where there are some paths to the top. The hike is about 2 miles to the summit with an elevation gain of 2030 ft. Allow about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to the top. This peak since it is a county highpoint is described in the book "California County Summits" by Gary Suttle. See pages 19 to 21 for a complete description of the mountain and some of the interesting facts on Alpine county. Stanislaus Peak is 2.5 miles NW along the ridge and can be reached in about a 2 1/2 hour hike. 7/96 RLC
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