North Palisade

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North Palisade is the fourth highest mountain in California. It rises from the dramatic Palisade Crest, which holds five of the Sierra Nevada's eleven fourteeners. North Palisade is the highest of this group, and is consequently the most popular climb. Commonly referred to as North Pal, the mountain's neighboring peaks are Thunderbolt Peak (immediately northwest) and Mount Sill (due east). This entire region has some of the finest rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada.

Elevation (feet): 14,242
Elevation (meters): 4,341
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.0939
Longitude: -118.522
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1903
First successful climber(s): Joseph N. LeConte, J.K. Moffitt, James Hutchinson
Nearest major airport: Oakland, California, Reno, Nevada
Convenient Center: Bishop, California

Trip Reports

There are 19 trip reports for North Palisade.

  • Log #5856 - by marius on July 08, 20043.00 stars
    Set up camp in Palisade basin, going for the catwalk route. Turned out to be harder to find than anticipated: make sure the catwalk you're trying to walk isn't too hard or extreme, otherwise you're...
  • Log #5857 - by Jeff Birkenseer on July 09, 20043.00 stars
    Glad I brought Snowshoes and Trekking Poles as we did a fair bit of Postholing this early in the season. Route up from Sam Mack was in/out of snow and made things a little tricky. Bergschrund was...
  • Log #5858 - by Cheryl Orr, Lance Orr on May 21, 20043.00 stars
    We started late on Monday (5/17/04) by driving up from the Palm Springs area and hiking only to 3rd lake to camp. Tuesday we packed up went past Sam Mack and set camp on the ridge overlooking the...
  • Log #5859 - by Hal Haider on Feb 15, 20043.00 stars
    It ain't a Summit Log if it is not on top of the Summit in the tin can. I left my name on top many years ago. You just can't do Virtual Mountaineering.
  • Log #5860 - by Mike Griffin on Sep 29, 20033.00 stars
    Really enjoyed the West Couloir- the Catwalk, Chute, and summit scrambling were definately highlights of the trip. Planned to traverse to Starlight, got about 1/4 of the way across, and decided...
  • Log #5861 - by Luke H. on Aug 12, 20023.00 stars
    Climbed via the U-notch. Watch for rock fall in the right center portion of the U-notch. Hope the smoke clears soon for better views. Via con dios.
  • Log #5862 - by Michael Karlovich on July 16, 20023.00 stars
    We started at 5am and crossed the Bergshrund by the snow bridges. Ascended the U-notch couloir, and then did the classic chimney route. We used rock shoes. Rappeling down the couloir, the snow...
  • Log #5863 - by Russell Gale on Aug 14, 20013.00 stars
    Hiked up the South Fork Trail, through Bishop Pass and then traversed over rocks (too long and not enjoyable) to T-Bolt pass, then down to a great campsite near a small lake. Next day started about...
  • Log #5864 - by Harry Wyeth on Aug 13, 20013.00 stars
    Great climb. Had to bivouac on gravel bar on the U Notch once on way down due to closing darkness. Not fun.
  • Log #5865 - by Mark on May 21, 20013.00 stars
    We climbed the U-Notch to the chimney at the top of the notch. The schrund was passable on the right, but otherwise gaping. The snow was quite deep, so many of the normal rock anchors were buried....
  • Log #5866 - by Romain Wacziarg on May 10, 20013.00 stars
    Climbed North Palisade via the U-Notch+Chimney Variation on May 7th, 2001. Apparently we were the first to sign the summit log since October of 2000. The snow was firm in the U Notch, and skiers has...
  • Log #5867 - by Stan Sattelberg on Oct 06, 20003.00 stars
    After hikng up into the U-Notch on several previous visits when we climbed Mt. Sill and other peaks, Gene Ray and I dicided to climb the N. Palisade. In the early morning light we passed by the start...
  • Log #5868 - by Craig Peer on Oct 06, 20003.00 stars
    Climbed the U Notch in 50 minutes ( I was younger then ) with Gary Hinton, Greg Monroe and Britt Reeves.Took another 2 hours to summit. Did the whole trip in 3 days round trip( too fast to really...
  • Log #5869 - by Brent Harder on Dec 09, 19993.00 stars
    Norman Clyde returned and climbed in the Palisade Glacier area 35 times....the king of the Sierras for first ascents....I think he liked the area! Anyone who has been there understands why.....a true...
  • Log #5870 - by Chris Walton on Oct 18, 19993.00 stars
    Three of us made the summit via the U-notch on 9/8/99. Hiked into third lake late on 9/6/99. Continued up to the foot of Mt. Gayley on 9/7/99.
  • Log #5871 - by R Henderson on Oct 18, 19993.00 stars
    Being up in the palisade area in the dead of winter is feast for the senses. Winter climbing is always a challenge,especially when your climbing partner decides to perform a sitting glissade down the...
  • Log #5872 - by Lenzenhuber on July 17, 19993.00 stars
    We left a camming device on the right going up on the two rope pitches from the top of the U notch because we couldn't get it out, did anybody ever retreive it. Bergschrund was a walk over that year.
  • Log #5874 - by Maria Roa on June 04, 19993.00 stars
    "Four of us attempted North Palisade on Memorial Day weekend. Sam Mack Meadow was covered with snow; we camped at a good protected spot in the small saddle about 500 feet above and SE of the...
  • Log #20609 - by Gordon Jacobs on Jan 17, 20073.00 stars
    Climbed up Glacier Creek from Palisade Creek and camped near large un-named lake. Crossed Potluck Pass and climbed LeConte Route. Perfect weather.