Palisades from the West

Polemonium Peak, elevation 14,080 feet
North Palisade Peak, elevation 14,242 feet, 4341m
Starlight Peak, elevation 14,200 feet
Thunderbolt Peak, elevation 14,003 feet, 4268m
Mt. Sill, elevation 14,162 feet, 4316m

Palisades from the West Details:

Length Price Rating Dates
5 Days $1,100 based on min 2 people
Private guiding also available
Class 3 August 15-19, 2016
August 31-Sept 4, 2016
August 9-13, 2017

The Palisades contain some of the most majestic and rugged terrain anywhere in the Sierra.  At the heart of this region is a ridgeline containing five peaks above 14,000’/4267m:  Mt. Sill (14,153’/4314m), Polemonium Peak (14,200’/4328m), North Palisade Peak (14,242’/ 4341’), Starlight (14,200’/4328m), and Thunderbolt Peak (14,002’/4268m).  During this 5-day trip we will attempt to climb all of them.  During the summer months, the standard routes from the west require rock climbing mostly at a 3rd class level with a few occasional 4th class moves.  On some of the routes we traverse the Palisade Crest between the peaks where the terrain requires scrambling, down climbing, and rock climbing with sometimes considerable exposure.  Team members are roped up on all terrain containing potential for a fall.  Starlight and Thunderbolt contain “summit blocks” with rock climbing difficulty ratings of 5.7 and 5.8, respectively.  The rock is high quality granite, the climbing is fun and exhilarating, and the views are considered by many to be the finest anywhere in the Sierra!

Palisades From The West Trip Information Sheet