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Ascent of Leavitt Peak on 1994-07-03

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, July 3, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Leavitt Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11569 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named for Hiram L. Leavitt who built a hostelry in 1863 at the foot of the east side of Sonora Pass to serve the traffic between Sonora and Aurora. The name "Leavitts" appeared on Charles F. Hoffmann's map of 1873. (Browning, p. 123)

The peak is on the eastern boundary of the Emigrant Wilderness. The usual hiking route is via the PCT in the Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of the peak. No permits are required on the PCT. Permits are required for all travel in the Emigrant Wilderness. For information contact the Stanislaus National Forest, 19777 Greenley Rd., Sonora, Ca. 95370. Phone: (209) 532-3671

To reach the trailhead at Sonora Pass, take route 108 east from the town of Sonora or west from the junction of highway 108 with route 395. From this junction the pass is 14.8 miles west on a steep, winding road. There is a sign marking the pass and limited parking. From the pass take a marked spur trail to the PCT and follow it south. The trail makes a long sweeping turn back to the north, gaining elevation until the ridge is reached at 10,480 ft. The rounded summit of Leavitt will now be visible to the south. From here follow the nearly level trail south for 1 1/2 miles to a saddle at UTM 268840E, 4242400N (NAD27) and then drop down on the east side of the ridge. After climbing to a gap in the ridge east of point 11,260 ft. the trail will level out and turn to the SW toward the east side of the peak above Latopie Lake. Leave the trail in a draw and head up along the SE ridge where a use trail can be found going to the summit. The one-way route is about 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1930 ft. and takes 3 hours for the ascent. 6/94 RLC
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