Ascent of Stanislaus Peak on 1996-07-05

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, July 5, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stanislaus Peak
    Elevation:11233 ft / 3423 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak, river, and county names are derived from an Indian rebel, baptised "Estanislao", who fought bravely against the Spanish. The name probably came from one of the two Polish saints called Stanislas. Fremont used the Americanized version Stanislaus for the river on his map of 1845. The national forest was created and named in 1897. (Gudde, p. 320) The peak was named in the 1870's and was climbed in 1877 by Lt. Macomb who found a monument (cairn?) erected by a reconnaissance party of the Coast Survey. (Browning, p. 208)

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: (760) 932-7070

Stanislaus Peak can be hiked 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. Start the hike going north on the very good trail which reaches St. Mary's Pass after 1.2 miles. The peak comes into view at the pass and is about 3.4 airline miles to the northwest. Continue on the trail which stays nearly level on the west side of the ridge between Sonora and Stanislaus Peaks. About 0.2 miles before reaching the saddle south of point 10,578 ft. follow the faint use trail heading north and then northwest to the peak. UTM at this point is: 267720E, 4250820N (NAD27). The trail blends into multiple paths below the SE face of the summit which is a well-used route to the top although the west side appears a lot less steep. If you choose the SE face be careful on the steep and very loose rock near the top which I rate as class 2. The hike to the summit is close to 4 miles one-way with a gain of 1800 ft. and takes about 2 1/2 hours. Sonora Peak, the highpoint of Alpine county, is the prominent peak along the ridge to the SE. One can reach Sonora by following along the ridge staying below the bumps. From Sonora Peak descend the easy west slopes back to St. Mary's Pass. The ridge is longer than it looks and it requires about 2 1/4 hours to reach the summit of Sonora Peak. Stanislaus Peak is only about one mile west of the Pacific Crest Trail and it is possible to climb it from there. 7/96 RLC
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