Banner Peak

Elevation (feet): 12,947
Elevation (meters): 3,946
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.6967
Longitude: -119.194
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Reno, NV
Convenient Center: Mammoth Lakes, CA

Thanks to Jason Richling for adding this peak.

Banner Peak is the second highest summit in the Ritter Range, a subrange of the Sierra Nevada. Routes range from scrambles to technical rock and ice. The summit is most commonly reached via the Banner/Ritter saddle, located south of the peak. Summit views are extensive. Care must be taken as the metamorphic rock comprising the mountain is sometimes unstable. Rockfall is common.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 6 trip reports for Banner Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #16041 - by Steve Bender on Jan 22, 2003
    A fantastic climb up the east snow chute. Wanted to stick around and bag Ritter on the Bicentennial, but the dads on the trip had to be back at work. If you knew where to look that day, you could...
  • Log #16042 - by Russ Taylor on June 19, 2002
    lead 3 groups up this peak with summit adventure. the approach from stephenson meadows certainly challenging. lake catherine is a beauty, some great creation. certainly one of the sierra's finest...
  • Log #16043 - by Jim Leftwich on Mar 11, 2002
    Gorgeous view from the top. Didn't know there was an ammo box with a summit log inside until someone told me later, or I would've looked for it. Would like to climb Ritter someday.
  • Log #16044 - by Caleb Austin on Jan 17, 2002
    Great View and it only took us 3 hours from base camp at 1000 Island Lake(This is not a normal time up the peak, plan for 4-5 hours up and 4 hours down). Hope to climb Ritter some time!!
  • Log #16045 - by Russell Gale on Aug 14, 2001
    Camped at the magnificent 1,000 island lake and the next day hiked around the base of Banner Peak and made the summitt up the glacier between Ritter and Banner. An ice axe was useful in parts,...
  • Log #16046 - by Jason Richling on Mar 07, 2001
    Lots of snow from 94/95 winter - ice axe and crampons required. Cold but fantastic.