University Peak

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The very top of the peak is a knife edge and should be climbed with caution. One of the easier routes is the southwest face which doesn't require much use of hands at all.

Additional text submitted by Frank Verwijs

University Peak, not to be confused with the higher University Peak in Alaska (St-Elias), is located in to the South of the Kearsarge Pass. The peak lies on the main Sierra crest, which runs northwest-south-east at this point. The easiest routes are from the Upper Kearsarge Lake (To the NW) or from Robinson Lake ( to the NE) The mountain can also be climbed from Center Basin but this route is rather long.

The route from Robinson Lake is the shortest. discription: It follows almost direct from Onion Valley to the notch to the SE of the peak, then follows the crest to the summit. From Onion Valley campground, take the trail to Robinson Lake, then proceed up the gully, following the creek flowing into the lake. Proceed up the moraine, veering a little to the left, aiming for the north (University Pass), to the left of the prominent trapezoidal rock. Once the notch is reached, follow the ridge to the highest point. Stay mostly to the west of the Ridgeline. The climb can be done from one day from Onion Valley. On clear days many famous Sierra peaks can be seen, including Whitney.

credit: Tetsuo Fukuchi

Elevation (feet): 13,632
Elevation (meters): 4,155
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.7481
Longitude: -118.361
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1896
First successful climber(s): J.N. LeConte, Helen M. Gompertz, Estelle Miller, Belle Miller
Nearest major airport: Reno
Convenient Center: Independence

Thanks to Jonathan Regele for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 5 trip reports for University Peak.

  • Log #12351 - by Steffy on Oct 09, 20043.00 stars
    What a great mountain! I got my physics doctorate inside it in 1642; the academics are great! And talk about accomodating--Each class is furnished with around 30 huge, soft armchairs for lessons, and...
  • Log #12352 - by Skip Post on Apr 03, 20033.00 stars
    I love the area above Onion Valley. On this trip I took the trail from the Onion Valley trailhead over the pass and past Bullfrog Lake to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. From this point I...
  • Log #12353 - by Craig Peer on June 15, 20003.00 stars
    I climbed the Northwest side from Kearsarge Lake on a winter trip with my best friend Gary Hinton. Not too much snow. A very nice view.
  • Log #12354 - by Stan Sattelberg on May 21, 20003.00 stars
    It's a fun climb with a little thought required to get onto the east ridge and, if you have any beginers along,to coach them over what I call Paul Bunyon's ax mark in the top of the ridge.
  • Log #12355 - by Jonathan Regele on Oct 19, 19993.00 stars
    The Northeast Chute is a great class 2-3 scramble for a good thousand feet or so. Then continue on up the northern ridge to the top. The view from the top is incredible. Some spots on the top are...