Middle Palisade

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The east face of Middle Palisade towers above the South Fork Basin of Big Pine Creek. The Middle Palisade Glacier lies at it's base. From the small town of Big Pine on Highway 395 head west on Crocker Street to Glacier Lodge. Drop off climbers and gear at the end of the road and park at the overnight parking for hikers and climbers that you passed on the right as you drove in. After about 1/4 mile of hiking take the trail to the left (South Fork of Big Pine Creek). Climb up to the Middle Palisade Glacier. The East Face Route is the most straightforward way to summit Middle Palisade. It requires continuous Class 3 climbing and some Class 4 climbing if the climber gets off route. Loose rocks are typical on this route.

Elevation (feet): 14,040
Elevation (meters): 4,279
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.0667
Longitude: -118.467
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1922
First successful climber(s): Francis Farquhar & Ansel F. Hall
Nearest major airport: Los Angeles
Convenient Center: Big Pine

Thanks to Brent Harder for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 15 trip reports for Middle Palisade.

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  • Log #20934 - by Tim on Aug 07, 2007
    A long hike in to Finger Lake with heavy backpacks. Especially tough going from Brainard lake up the boulder slope to Finger lake. Can't tell you the best route, you'll have to figure it out on your...
  • Log #20793 - by Louis M Lenzenhuber on May 29, 2007
    Perfect weather,impressive knife edge summit,great views. Lots of class 4 moves on a supposed class 3 climb. Myself & friend Mike were only climbers that day.Only a little bit of snow left in summit...
  • Log #12709 - by Ulises Castillo on Jan 18, 2004
    My Buddy and I were fiending for some High-Sierra adventure, and possibly put up a new route. We brought the essentials, a light rack, bivy gear and a bottle of drank. After chatting with the...
  • Log #12710 - by JR Bench on Nov 26, 2003
    A real enjoyable climb & a fairly short approach hike, when compared to the N. Fork trail. We camped at Brainard Lake, which was the nicest camp I've stayed at while attempting any big peak in...
  • Log #12711 - by David Hafeman on Oct 12, 2003
    Excellent class 3 climb. We started from Willow Lake at 645 and were on the top at 1130. It takes about the same amount of time to go down because of loose rock and the terrain. Wear a helmet if...
  • Log #12712 - by Mark Dotson on Sep 28, 2003
    Climbed this mountain in one long day from Glacier Lodge. Fantastic class 3 climbing on good rock. Found the ramp leading up from the glacier to Secor's Chute by ascending aprox. 50 yards up and onto...
  • Log #12713 - by marius on Sep 02, 2003
    Dayhiked from Glacier Lodge. 6am start, summit at 1pm. Very nice, going down the little stretch of glacier was the worst part. Straightforward route, go little north of top of south glacier, obvious...
  • Log #12714 - by zorica melnick on Sep 02, 2003
    this was my 4th fourteener, the most rewarding. six of us: sid, mehram, runi, david, james and i all simmited in perfect weather. james stood on the tallest pinnacle, i only braved sitting on it....
  • Log #12715 - by Caleb and Dessa Courtney on July 08, 2002
    This hike/climb was really rewarding. Depending on the experience of your party should determine what preparation you should take. For our particular party, there were four of us. My best friend Andy...
  • Log #12716 - by Paul Taggart on July 12, 2001
    Wonderful Palisade Summit. We left Glacier Lodge at noon and hike through horrible moseys without bug juice. Water was plentiful and one forge through Big Pine Creek was needed. We went as high as...
  • Log #12717 - by Cagan Sekercioglu on June 19, 2001
    I climbed Mid Pal with Dylan Schwilk. We had perfect weather and a relatively straightforward climb although the beginning of the climb right after crossing the glacier was rather exposed and felt...
  • Log #12718 - by Paul McGuffin on Feb 01, 2001
    I did this with my then sixteen year old son, Colin, and a very well know and experienced climber from Hemet ,California, Jack McBroom. At the time I was 54 years old. I had tried this climb three...
  • Log #12719 - by Darin Chadwick on Jan 22, 2001
    My wife Synne and I are bagging the 14ers in CA. We are about half way there. This is the best we have done so far. If you love 3rd class, and moving fast, this is a perfect route.
  • Log #12720 - by Jared & Will Sexty on May 25, 2000
    Got to the top and the box says Norman Clyde Peak. Oops. After climbing the real Middle Palisade I think NCP was much more difficult.
  • Log #12721 - by Brent Harder on Jan 02, 2000
    My climbing partner (Nick Soelberg) and I have a quest to climb all the 14,000' peaks in California. Naturally Middle Palisade was on our hit list. In mid May the snow can be rotten on the route and...