What is the Sierra Peak Section?

In 1955, the Sierra Club created a list of notable High Sierra peaks. Over the years the list evolved to include 247 peaks and is commonly known as the Sierra Peak Section. The list is made of 15 Emblem Peaks, considered to be the most iconic peaks, 35 Mountaineers Peaks, noted for technical or scrambling challenges, and 197 general peaks. Those that pursue the task of climbing these peaks are often called peak baggers, and count myself among them. 

I hope to finish the Sierra Peak Section list by the time I am 70, but it may take me until 75 at a pace of 10 new peaks a year. I’m not sure I can pull this off, but I’ll give it my best shot. 

For me, pursuing the list commits me to staying in great aerobic condition all year round – for the next 20 years. Aging well takes a lot of work, and this endeavor has become the foundation of this effort for me.
 
That said, the real reason for my pursuit is that I am I have fallen hopelessly in love with the Sierras. When I am exploring that Range of Light, I feel fully alive and fully connected to the people in my life –  and to my Creator. For me, the High Sierras have become the place I temporarily retreat to so I can get my head straight and get back in the game. I always seem to come back a better version of myself. What about you?
 

My son, Wes, navigating the Airy Traverse on Dragon Peak

The List

The mountain peaks listed on the right, categorized by their Sierra Club designated regions, include links to my blog posts if I’ve climbed them. I also have a YouTube Channel with videos of my Sierra Peak Section climbs. 

The idea of pursuing a personal endeavor that may take me 25 years is a little overwhelming. So much could happen between now and then.

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.

I am reminded of a quote from Bill Gates when he said Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do in the next quarter century. Anything can happen. 

2.1 Kern Peak

2.2 Angora Mountain

2.3 Coyote Peaks

2.4 North Maggie Mountain

2.5 Moses Mountain

2.6 Homers Nose

2.7 Vandever Mountain

2.8 Florence Peak

2.9 Sawtooth Peak (N) – FAILED ATTEMPT

2.10 Needham Mountain

3.1 Olancha Peak

3.2 Cartago Peak

3.3 Muah Mountain

3.4 Cirque Peak – COMPLETED

3.5 Mount Langley – COMPLETED

3.6 Mount Guyot

3.7 Joe Devel Peak

3.8 Mount Pickering

3.9 Mount Chamberlin

3.10 Mount Newcomb

3.11 Mount Hitchcock

5.1 Mount Young

5.2 Mount Hale

5.3 Mount Russell

5.4 Mount Carillon – COMPLETED

5.5 Tunnabora Peak

5.6 Mount Barnard

5.7 Trojan Peak

5.8 Mount Tyndall

5.9 Mount Williamson

6.1 Alta Peak – COMPLETED

6.2 Mount Silliman – COMPLETED

6.3 Mount Eisen

6.4 Lippincott Mountain

6.5 Eagle Scout Peak

6.6 Mount Stewart

6.7 Lion Rock

6.8 Mount Kaweah

6.9 Red Kaweah

6.10 Black Kawaeh

6.11 Picket Guard Peak

6.12 Kern Point

7.1 Triple Divide Peak

7.2 Glacier Ridge

7.3 Whaleback

7.4 Milestone Mountain

7.5 Midway Mountain

7.6 Table Mountain

7.7 Thunder Mountain

7.8 South Guard

7.9 Mount Brewer

7.10 North Guard

8.1 Mount Jordan

8.2 Mount Geneva

8.3 Mount Ericsson

8.4 Mount Stanford (S)

8.5 Deerhorn Mountain

8.6 East Vidette

8.7 West Vidette

8.8 Junction Peak

8.9 Mount Keith

8.10 Mount Bradley

8.11 Center Peak

8.12 Caltech Peak

10.1 Mount Baxter

10.2 Colosseum Mountain

10.3 Mount Perkins

10.4 Mount Wynne

10.5 Mount Pinchot

10.6 Pyramid Peak (S)

10.7 Arrow Peak

10.8 Striped Mountain

10.9 Goodale Mountain

10.10 Cardinal Mountain – COMPLETED

11.1 Mount Ruskin

11.2 Marion Peak

11.3 State Peak

11.4 Goat Mountain

11.5 Kennedy Mountain

11.6 Mount Harrington

11.7 Tehipite Dome

11.8 Spanish Mountain

11.9 Three Sisters

C12.1 Split Mountain

12.2 Mount Tinemaha

12.3 Mount Prater

12.4 Mount Bolton Brown

12.5 Birch Mountain

12.6 The Thumb

12.7 Disappointment Peak

12.8 Middle Palisade – COMPLETED

12.9 Norman Clyde Peak

12.10 Palisade Crest

13.1 Observation Peak

13.2 Giraud Peak

13.3 Devil’s Crag #1

13.4 Wheel Mountain

13.5 Mount McDuffie

13.6 Black Giant

13.7 Charybdis

13.8 Scylla

13.9 Mount Goddard

13.10 Mount Reinstein

13.11 Finger Peak

13.12 Tunemah Peak

14.1 Temple Crag

14.2 Mount Gayley

14.3 Mount Sill

14.4 North Palisade

14.5 Thunderbolt Peak

14.6 Mount Winchell

14.7 Mount Agassiz – COMPLETED

14.8 Mount Goode

14.9 Cloudripper – COMPLETED

14.10 Mount Johnson

14.11 Mount Gilbert

15.1 Mount Thompson

15.2 Point Powell

15.3 Mount Wallace

15.4 Mount Haeckel

15.5 Mount Fiske

15.6 Mount Huxley

15.7 Mount Darwin

15.8 Mount Mendel

15.9 Mount Lamarck

15.10 The Hermit

15.11 Mount McGee

15.12 Emerald Peak

15.13 Mount Henry

16.1 Mount Goethe

16.2 Mount Emerson

16.3 Mount Humphreys

16.4 Basin Mountain

16.5 Four Gables

16.6 Mount Tom

16.7 Pilot Knob

16.8 Gemini

16.9 Seven Gables

16.10 Mount Senger

16.11 Mount Hooper

17.1 Merriam Peak

17.2 Royce Peak

17.3 Mount Julius Caesar

17.4 Mount Hilgard

17.5 Recess Peak

17.6 Mount Gabb

17.7 Bear Creek Spire

17.8 Mount Dade

17.9 Mount Abbot

17.10 Mount Mills

17.11 Mount Morgan (S)

18.1 Silver Peak

18.2 Mount Izaak Walton

18.3 Red and White Mountain

18.4 Red Slate Peak

18.5 Mount Stanford (N)

18.6 Mount Morgan (N)

18.7 Mount Baldwin

18.8 Mount Morrison

18.9 Bloody Mountain

19.1 Iron Mountain

19.2 Clyde Minaret

19.3 Mount Ritter

19.4 Banner Peak

19.5 Mount Davis

19.6 Rodgers Peak

19.7 Electra Peak

19.8 Foerster Peak

19.9 San Joaquin Mountain

20.1 Merced Peak

20.2 Red Peak

20.3 Gray Peak

20.4 Mount Clark

20.5 Mount Starr King

20.6 Half Dome – COMPLETED

20.7 Clouds Rest – COMPLETED 

21.1 Cathedral Peak

21.2 Vogelsang Peak

21.3 Mount Florence

21.4 Mount Maclure

21.5 Mount Lyell

21.6 Koip Peak

21.7 Mount Gibbs

21.8 Mount Dana – COMPLETED

22.1 Mount Warren

22.2 Mount Conness – COMPLETED

22.3 North Peak

22.4 Excelsior Mountain

22.5 Dunderberg Peak

22.6 Virginia Peak

22.7 Twin Peaks

22.8 Whorl Mountain

22.9 Matterhorn Peak

22.10 Pettit Peak

22.11 Volunteer Peak

22.12 Piute Mountain

22.13 Tower Peak

23.1 Black Hawk Mountain

23.2 Leavitt Peak

23.3 Stanislaus Peak

23.4 Disaster Peak

23.5 Highland Peak

23.6 Mokelumne Peak

23.7 Round Top

23.8 Freel Peak

23.9 Pyramid Peak

23.10 Dicks Peak

23.11 Mount Tallac

24.1 Granite Chief

24.2 Tinker Knob

24.3 Castle Peak

24.4 Mount Rose

24.5 Mount Lola

24.6 English Mountain

24.7 Sierra Buttes

24.8 Mount Elwell

24.9 Adams Peak