How many are there?
It all depends upon how you count them.
Most people would agree that there are 13 of them, but then there are two others come close, but which are still often counted as fourteeners.
We have climbed all of these for years and have both scheduled and custom climbs on the peaks.
Mt Whitney, 14,495
High point of the lower 48 states, it is easy via the Trail. A little more difficult, but more fun with few people is the Mountaineers Route. For the technical climber there is the East Face and the East Buttress. Can be combined with Mt Muir and Mt Russell for three peaks on one trip.
Mt Williamson, 14,389
A huge bulky peak with a short 4th class chimney that some times give people a little trouble. In the sanctuary for the California bighorn sheep so you have to go when the area is open. Since you are already here, combine this with Mt Tyndall in our Tyndall and Williamson Ascents. Or for a real expedition do it Williamson in Winter.
White Mountain Peak, 14,252
This is an easy hike from the White Mountain road. but we include it as part of our White Mountain Crest Hike; a fantastic venture into California’s newest Wilderness area.
Also included in the traverse is the ascent of Montgomery Peak at the northern end of the range, the high point of Nevada.
North Palisade, 14,258
Not easy from any direction, this is a true mountaineers peak. We do this as a part of our Fourteeners Program. The easiest way is via the Le Conte Route and it’s variation from the west side entering via Bishop Pass. From the east side U-Notch is the classic ascent route. If you are up for it combine North Pal with, Starlight, Thunderbolt, Polemonium and Mt Sill for our Palisades Traverse.
Mt Shasta, 14,179
A huge Cascade type volcano, we do not guide this but recommend our friends at Alpine Skills Institute.
Mt. Sill, 14,159
An easy scramble from the west side and Palisade Creek this does however involve a long hike.
From the east we guide the L-Shaped snowfield and the Swiss Arête.
Also a part of our Palisades Traverse and our Palisades High Peaks Camp.
Mt Russell, 14,094
This is an easy scramble via the south slopes, but the East Ridge is one of the most aesthetic ridge climbs in the Sierra. You can also up the ante to 5.9 and climb the Fishhook Arête.
Split Mountain, 14,064
Formerly known as South Palisade, Split is big hulk of a peak. The easiest route is via the east side above Red Lake.
Mt Langley, 14,032
For our Mt Langley Ascent we classify this as a hiking trip but the final section is on a user trail with a little scrambling. A fantastic viewpoint with wonderful scenery and camping in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin. We can do this with packstock support for extra ease.
Mt Tyndall, 14,025
Hidden from most viewpoint the north arête on the peak is another classic Sierra 4th class ridge scramble. Best combined with Mt Williamson as a part of our Williamson/Tyndall Ascents to maximize the hiking to climbing ratio.
Mt Muir, 14,018
One of the greatest Sierra pioneers got a fairly small peak named after himself. An easy scramble from the Mt Whitney trail and it is readily combined with the Mountaineers Route.
Middle Palisade, 14,018
Rated “only” 4th class this peak our Middle Palisade Ascent is more than it might seem. The climbing is straightforward, but consistently engaging. The South fork of Big Pine Creek is little used compared to other areas and it really feels remote.
Barely 14,000 feet Thunderbolt is a hard one to climb,. The final summit block is rated 5.7 but with a top rope and a pair of rock shoes it is not too bad.
But then there are two more that are a little more controversial and it all depends upon how you define a separate peak.
The US Geological Survey requires a peak to have at least 300 feet of “prominence” from its neighbors. So these two are considered “bonus” peaks. But they offer great climbing and are fun to include. It is quality that counts right?
We include these as a part of our Palisades Traverse.
Polemonium Peak, 14,200
Looks easy, but the summit is protected by a deep gash that has to be climbed around.
Easily linked with North Palisade or perhaps on the way to Mount Sill.
Starlight Peak, 14,200
This might actually be one of the hardest summits amongst them all. A monolithic granite block that require a pair of rock shoes to surmount – unless you are of the caliber of Norman Clyde and want to try it in hobnail boots.