Alta Peak

Alta Peak Quick Facts

  • Advanced permit required

  • No dogs allowed

  • 1 or 2 days

  • Hard

  • Elevation 11,207′

  • 3,914′ of elevation gain

  • 14 miles

Trail Description

Alta Peak can be done as a day hike or overnight. Most prefer overnight because of the time it takes to get to the trailhead and the length of the hike. The trail begins at Wolverton and climbs steadily through forests, meadows, and alpine vistas. The first allowed campsite is at Panther Gap (3 miles), and further in at Mehrten Meadow, and Alta Meadow. There is no water on this trail. The summit offers breathtaking views of the Sequoias, Mineral King, and the Eastern Sierra.

Trail Map


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Elevation Profile

How to Get a Permit

Permits are pretty easy to get if you apply early. Permit applications are accepted after March 1 and you must apply for dates at least two weeks in advance. Walk up permits are also available.

Apply for a Permit

Lodgepole Visitor Center

You will get a reservation confirmation via email from SEKI that will include a link to make your payment. The day of your hike you will first go to the Lodgepole Visitor Center to get your permit. From there, go to the trailhead. Your adventure begins.

Alta Peak Trailhead

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