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Echo Peaks, Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite

There are 9 summits in this massif that rises in the Cathedral Range of Yosemite National Park. It is popular among climbers, offering class 2-5 climbs on the various peaklets. The easiest summit takes two minutes of scrambling to climb, the most difficult is several pitches with a 5.7 crux. All of them are interesting problems with many possible variations. They are often climbed as a dayhike, requiring 3-5 hours on average to climb them all, as diesired, plus additional time for the hike in and out. There are excellent views of Yosemite from the various summits, particularly of nearby Cathedral Peak and Matthes Crest. We will meet at the Tuolumne Meadows Store and back track a few miles to the Cathedral Peak Trail head, once the group is assembled.  Oh, and for those that just want to hike the easy routes see #0-#3, #5, #7 & #8.....   my plan...


Here's an overview of each:
#0 - class 3. The north side is tricky but short, the south side is a bit easier.
#1 - easy class 3, approach from the east side between #1 and #2. Variation: climb the class 4 West Face.
#2 - class 3. Approach as above for #1, climb the north ridge to the summit. Variation: climb the class 3 West Face.
#2 1/2 - class 3. From the west, climb the short ridgecrest from the main ridge between #2 and #3.
#3 - class 3. Highest of the Echo Peaks. Register on summit. Traverse the fun, adjoining ridge from #2. Variation: climb the class 3 West FaceVariation: Climb the class 4 ridge from the saddle between #3 and #4.
#4 - class 4. This is the second hardest of the Echo Peaks and has a summit register placed by the Sierra Club. The steep gully between #3 and #4 on the east side can be most easily climbed to the left (south) of the central gully. From a point about 30 feet below the main #1-4 ridge on the east side, climb the NE side of #4 via ledges and flakes. Variation: climb the class 3 West Face to the notch between #3 and #4, then downclimb about 30 feet on the east side before following directions above.
#5 - class 3. The north and east sides are easy class 3. 
#6 - class 4. This is the third hardest of the Echo Peaks. Secor rates it class 3, but it has some exposure with awkward moves. The easiest way up is from the north side, traversing from right to left at the base to get onto the vague north ridge. It can also be climbed at low class 5 on the West Face, traversing upwards left to right (low class 5).
#7 - class 3. Easy class 3 from the north. The northwest side has some steep, fun class 3+ flakes that can be climbed. The SE side also goes class 3 through some short chutes, approached from the base of #9.
#8 - class 3. The north side is easy class 3.
#9 - class 5.7. The hardest of the Echo Peaks has a summit register placed by the Sierra Club. The SW Face offers the easiest route to the summit. Beware - loose knobs. The NE Corner is 5.9.

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  • Rob W.

    fun mellow day

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how was it?!

    October 28, 2013

  • sarah

    Its killing me not to do this. Important birthday party in sf. Hope to join another time. Tuolumne is my favorite.

    October 25, 2013

    • Douglas

      Can I place an order? I say carrot cake.

      October 27, 2013

    • sarah

      Done. Carrot cake. When and where? ;-)

      October 27, 2013

  • glenn

    Have to cancel last minute... almost zero sleep tonight, not feeling well. Next time though!

    October 26, 2013

  • Karthik

    Is anyone planning to stay back on Sunday for another hike before heading back? I've \never been to Yosemite and plan to do this but if no one is planning this, I'm also thinking of the lame route on Whitney :) Also, I can drive and can have at least 1 more in my car

    October 24, 2013

    • Rob W.

      you should go to the valley. It is absolutely one of the most incredible places on the planet.

      1 · October 24, 2013

  • theguy

    Just back from short test hike and rib not sufficiently un-fractured yet, so bowing out...

    October 24, 2013

  • Douglas

    If there is some interest, maybe several of us can find a spot outside of Yosemite to camp for Friday night. Also I have a seat available in my car...

    October 24, 2013

  • Bobbie

    sorry something come up at work

    October 22, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Do you have any plans for Friday or Sat nights? Looks like all of the area campgrounds are closed for the season. Tioga Rd is closed to overnight parking.

    October 22, 2013

  • Douglas

    The weather looks great for this weekend, With nearly no chance of rain, but a few clouds and just a gentle breeze...

    October 21, 2013

  • Bobbie

    would like to carpool possible

    October 20, 2013

  • Bill K.

    was just in the area and there is a already a good amount of snow on the ground above ~8000 feet in shaded aspects. Just expect portions of the approach to be slower than normal as a result.

    October 20, 2013

    • Bill K.

      it's probably not too early to consider an axe and crampons as well.

      October 20, 2013

    • Douglas

      A few years back did a trip to the Echo Peaks and Cathedral Peak in January. There was plenty of snow a that time (more then a foot), but very do-able. Some snow gear was a good add to that trip. Bill, you're correct the snow did slow things down a bit. Mt Tallac there was a wisp of snow on the north shaded slopes. Everyone should take that into account when planning

      October 20, 2013

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