Tahoe OGUL Peak List
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Purpose: To encourage peak-climbing in the Lake Tahoe Region.
Last update March 2012. Please send any comments on this version of the OGUL Peak List to John Sarna.

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The OGUL Peaks have been organized into the following 15 areas
  1. North of Highway 70 (1 peak)
  2. South of Highway 70 (4 peaks)
  3. North of Highway 80 (7 peaks)
  4. South of Highway 80 (10 peaks)
  5. Southwest Side of Lake Tahoe, East Ridge (5 peaks)
  6. Southwest Side of Lake Tahoe, West Ridge (7 peaks)
  7. South of Lake Tahoe (3 peaks)
  8. South of Highway 88 (6 peaks)
  9. North of Highway 4 (2 peaks)
  10. South of Highway 4 (3 peaks)
  11. Northeast of Lake Tahoe (1 peaks)
  12. East of Lake Tahoe (3 peaks)
  13. Southeast of Lake Tahoe (4 peaks)
  14. In the Pine Nut Mtns, East of Highway 395 (1 peak)
  15. In the Sweetwater Mtns, East of Highway 395 (6 peaks)


The 63 Peaks on the List in Alphabetical Order

  1. Adams Peak (8197')
  2. Anderson Peak (8683')
  3. Basin Peak (9015')
  4. Black Butte (8030')
  5. Castle Peak (9103')
  6. Desert Creek Peak (8969')
  7. Devils Peak (7704')
  8. Dicks Peak (9974')
  9. Duane Bliss Peak (8658')
  10. East Sister (10402')
  11. Ellis Peak (8740')
  12. English Mtn (8373')
  13. Freel Peak (10881')
  14. Genoa Peak (9150')
  15. Granite Chief (9006')
  16. Haskell Peak (8107')
  17. Hawkins Peak (10023')
  18. Highland Peak (10934')
  19. Jacks Peak (9856')
  20. Jeff Davis Peak (8990')
  21. Jobs Peak (10633')
  22. Jobs Sister (10823')
  23. Lookout Peak (9584')
  24. Lyon Peak (8891')
  25. Markleeville Peak (9417')
  26. McConnell Peak (9099')
  27. Middle Sister (10859')
  28. Mokelumne Peak (9332')
  29. Mt. Elwell (7812')
  30. Mt. Fillmore ( 7715')
  31. Mt. Mildred (8398')
  32. Mt. Patterson (11673')
  33. Mt. Price (9975')
  34. Mt. Rose (10776')
  35. Mt. Siegel (9450')
  36. Mt. Lola (9143')
  37. Mt. Tallac (9735')
  38. Needle Peak (8971')
  39. Old Man Mtn (7789')
  40. Phipps Peak (9234')
  41. Pyramid Peak (9983')
  42. Ralston Peak (9235')
  43. Raymond Peak (10011')
  44. Red Lake Peak (10061')
  45. Red Peak (9307')
  46. Reynolds Peak (9690')
  47. Round Top (10380')
  48. Rubicon Peak (9183')
  49. Sierra Buttes (8587')
  50. Signal Peak (7841')
  51. Silver Peak (8930')
  52. Silver Peak (10774')
  53. Snow Mtn (8014')
  54. Snow Valley Peak (9214')
  55. South Sister (11339')
  56. Stevens Peak (10061')
  57. Tells Peak (8872')
  58. The Nipple (9340')
  59. Tinker Knob (8949')
  60. Twin Peaks (8878')
  61. Wade (9367')
  62. Waterhouse Peak (9497')
  63. Wheeler Peak (11664')

Introduction

Background: OGUL is the Washoe Indian word for mountain bighorn sheep. The indians hunted this agile mountaineer in both the Sierra Tahoe Region and the Basin and Range to the east. Though now extinct in the area, this once great mountain sheep is a fitting symbol for our Tahoe OGUL List.

Interpretation: The peaks are classified as Star (*), Emblem (X), and Mountaineer (-) peaks according to their view, difficulty, and dominance of an area. Star peaks are primary in setting with exceptional views and are generally of greater difficulty. Emblem peaks are secondary. Mountaineer peaks comprise the remainder. All provide a rewarding experience.

Each peak in the following list is followed by its elevation in parenthesis, which is the height of the summit (in feet) above sea level.

Each peak on the list can be located on a USGS topographic 15-minute quadrangle (Topo Map). These are available from many stores that sell mountaineering equipment or directly from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO 80225. In some areas, 7-1/2 minute quadrangles are also available which show greater detail. Note: anyone willing to identify these peaks on the USGS 7-1/2-minute Topo Maps, the 15-minute maps being discontinued, is more than welcome to do so (directions for sending in updates are below)

Peaks are assigned two difficulty ratings (Class and Grade). It is assumed that climbers use the least difficult, but not necessarily the most commonly-used, route accessible by automobile (not a 4 wheel drive vehicle). Driving time is not a factor. A class of 1 to 6 is assigned to convey what type of terrain may be encountered. Briefly, Class 1 is hands-in-pockets hiking; Class 2 is rough cross-country travel; Class 3 is simple climbing with some exposure; and Class 4, 5, and 6 represent increasingly difficult climbing requiring the use of ropes and special equipment. A class prefaced by an "S" is sometimes added to convey a greater degree of difficulty in climbing a summit block. Grades are assigned as follows: 1) up to 5 miles round trip, 2) 6-10 miles round trip, 3) 11 to 15 miles round trip, etc. and A) up to 1,000' total elevation gain, B) 1000' to 2000' total elevation gain, C) 2000' to 3000' total elevation gain, etc. For example, a 21-mile jaunt climbing a total of 3500 feet is graded 5D.



Recognition and Emblems:


Significant accomplishments in climbing peaks on this list may be recognized by inclusion on the WSC Internet Recognition List of Emblem Holders and List Finishers.

Emblem status is conferred on those climbers who have reached the summits of:

List completion status is conferred on those climbers who have reached the summits of all peaks on this list.

The process for obtaining recognition is specified under "process" on the WSC Internet Recognition List.


Contributors

Harry Erl, Howard Steidtmann, and other members of the former Peak and Gorge Section compiled the original hardcopy version of this peak list. Former member John Sarna designed the webpage to make this list generally available to the public after the dissolution of this Section.



Warning:

Hiking and climbing conditions do change, and some information given here is subjective. The Western States Climbers do not accept responsibility for outdated or incorrect information. Please help future climbers by sending corrections to John Sarna.


Detailed list of peaks on the "Tahoe OGUL Peak List"

This list of peaks is organized into areas and generally ordered from north to south.

In the Sierra Nevada

1 - North of Highway 70 (1 peak)

* - Adams Peak (8197') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Chilcoot, CA; from the "logging roads northeast, northwest, and southwest of the peak", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 hike to Adams Peak.

2 - South of Highway 70 (4 peaks)

* - Mt. Fillmore ( 7715') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Downieville, CA; from "Johnsville Road", it's a Grade 1A, Class 2 hike to Mt. Fillmore.

 o - Mt. Elwell (7812') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Sierra City, CA; from "Lakes Basin", it's a Grade 2B, Class 2 hike to Mt. Elwell.

 o - Haskell Peak (8107') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Sierra City, CA; from "Haskell Peak Rd to southwest" or "the NFS road to the southeast", it's a Grade 1A, Class 1 hike to Haskell Peak.

 o - Sierra Buttes (8587') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Sierra City, CA; from "the trailhead a half mile south of where the Pacific Crest Trail meets Packard Lake Road", it's a Grade 2B, Class 1 hike (with a Class 6 stairway up the summit block) to Sierra Buttes.

3 - North of Highway 80 (7 peaks)

* - Mt. Lola (9143') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Donner Pass, CA; from "White Rock Lake" or the "logging road to north of the peak", it's a Grade 1B, Class 1 hike to Mt. Lola.

 * - English Mtn (8373') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Emigrant Gap, CA; from "Catfish Lake", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 hike to English Mtn.

 * - Black Butte (8030') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Emigrant Gap, CA; from "Grouse Ridge Lookout", it's a Grade 2B, Class 2 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Black Butte.

 x - Old Man Mtn (7789') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Emigrant Gap, CA; from "Fordyce Summit" or from "Meadow Lake", it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 hike to Old Man Mtn.

 o - Signal Peak (7841') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Emigrant Gap, CA; from "Fordyce Summit", it's a Grade 1A, Class 1 hike to Signal Peak.

 o - Basin Peak (9015') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Donner Pass, CA; from the "Castle Peak Trailhead (I-80)", it's a Grade 3C, Class 1 hike to Basin Peak.

 * - Castle Peak (9103') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Donner Pass, CA; from the "Castle Peak Trailhead (I-80)", it's a Grade 2B, Class 1 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Castle Peak.

4 - South of Highway 80 (10 peaks)

x - Devils Peak (7704') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Donner Pass, CA; from "Cascade Lakes", it's a Grade 1B, Class 3 hike to Devils Peak.

 x - Snow Mtn (8014') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from "Cascade Lakes", it's a Grade 3C, Class 1 hike to Snow Mtn.

 o - Mt. Mildred (8398') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from the "Logging road near Dolly Creek", it's a Grade 2B, Class 1 hike to Mt. Mildred.

 o - Anderson Peak (8683') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Donner Pass, CA; from "Donner Summit", it's a Grade 3C, Class 1 hike to Anderson Peak.

 o - Tinker Knob (8949') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from "Squaw Valley", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Tinker Knob.

 * - Granite Chief (9006') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from "Squaw Valley", it's a Grade 2C, Class 1 hike to Granite Chief.

 x - Needle Peak (8971') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from "Squaw Valley", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Needle Peak.

 o - Lyon Peak (8891') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Granite Chief, CA; from "Squaw Valley", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Lyon Peak.

 x - Twin Peaks (8878') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Tahoe, CA-NV; from "Barker Pass", it's a Grade 2B, Class 2 hike to Twin Peaks.

 o - Ellis Peak (8740') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Tahoe, CA-NV; from "Barker Pass", it's a Grade 1B, Class 1 hike to Ellis Peak.

5 - Southwest Side of Lake Tahoe - East Ridge (5 peaks)

x - Rubicon Peak (9183') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Rubicon Estates, Lake Tahoe", it's a Grade 1C, Class 2 hike to Rubicon Peak.

 o - Phipps Peak (9234') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from the "Bayview Trailhead (Hwy 89)", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Phipps Peak.

 * - Mt. Tallac (9735') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Fallen Leaf Lake", it's a Grade 2D, Class 2 hike to Mt. Tallac.

 x - Dicks Peak (9974') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Fallen Leaf Lake", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Dicks Peak.

 x - Jacks Peak (9856') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Fallen Leaf Lake", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Jacks Peak.

6 - Southwest Side of Lake Tahoe - West Ridge (7 peaks)

o - Tells Peak (8872') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Robbs Peak, CA; from "Van Vleck Ranch Road", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Tells Peak.

 o - McConnell Peak (9099') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Van Vleck Ranch Road", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to McConnell Peak.

 o - Silver Peak (8930') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Van Vleck Ranch Road", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Silver Peak.

 x - Red Peak (9307') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Van Vleck Ranch Road", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Red Peak.

 x - Mt. Price (9975') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Wrights Lake", it's a Grade 2D, Class 2 hike to Mt. Price.

 * - Pyramid Peak (9983') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Twin Bridges (Hwy 50)", it's a Grade 2D, Class 2 hike to Pyramid Peak.

 o - Ralston Peak (9235') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA; from "Sayles Flat (Hwy 50)", it's a Grade 2C, Class 1 hike to Ralston Peak.

7 - South of Lake Tahoe (3 peaks)

o - Waterhouse Peak (9497') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Freel Peak, CA-N; from "Luther Pass" or from "Scotts Lake", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 hike to Waterhouse Peak.

 o - Stevens Peak (10061') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, C; from "Hwy 88, via Crater Lake", it's a Grade 1C, Class 1 hike to Stevens Peak.

 x - Red Lake Peak (10061') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, C; from "Carson Pass", it's a Grade 1B, Class 1 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Red Lake Peak.

8 - South of Highway 88 (6 peaks)

* - Round Top (10380') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Woods Lake", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Round Top.

 o - Hawkins Peak (10023') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from the "Burnside Lake Road", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 hike to Hawkins Peak.

 o - Markleeville Peak (9417') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Blue Lakes Road", it's a Grade 1B, Class 1 hike to Markleeville Peak.

 * - Jeff Davis Peak (8990') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Blue Lakes Road", it's a Grade 1A, Class 5 hike to Jeff Davis Peak.

 o - The Nipple (9340') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Blue Lakes Road", it's a Grade 1B, Class 2 hike to The Nipple.

 * - Mokelumne Peak (9332') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Silver Lake, CA; from the "Shriner Lake Trailhead", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Mokelumne Peak.

9 - North of Highway 4 (2 peaks)

x - Raymond Peak (10011') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Ebbetts Pass", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike or from "Wet Meadows Reservoir, it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 hike to Raymond Peak.

 x - Reynolds Peak (9690') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from "Ebbetts Pass or Wet Meadows", it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 (with a Class 3 summit block) hike to Reynolds Peak.

10 - South of Highway 4 (3 peaks)

x - Silver Peak (10774') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from the "Noble Canyon Trailhead (Hwy 4)", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Silver Peak.

 * - Highland Peak (10934') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from the "Noble Canyon Trailhead (Hwy 4)", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Highland Peak.

 o - Lookout Peak (9584') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Markleeville, CA; from the "Pacific Valley (Hwy 4)", it's a Grade 2B, Class 2 hike to Lookout Peak.

In the Carson Range, Sierra Nevada

11 - Northeast of Lake Tahoe (1 peak)

* - Mt. Rose (10776') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Mt Rose, NV; from "Mt. Rose Summit (Hwy 431)", it's a Grade 3C, Class 1 hike to Mt. Rose.

12 - East of Lake Tahoe (3 peaks)

x - Snow Valley Peak (9214') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Carson City, NV; from "Spooner Summit", it's a Grade 3C, Class 1 hike to Snow Valley Peak.

 o - Duane Bliss Peak (8658') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Carson City, NV; from "Spooner Summit", it's a Grade 2B, Class 2 hike to Duane Bliss Peak.

 o - Genoa Peak (9150') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Carson City, NV; from "N. Benjamin Rd, Daggett Pass", it's a Grade 2B, Class 1 hike to Genoa Peak.

13 - Southeast of Lake Tahoe (4 peaks)

* - Freel Peak (10881') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Freel Peak, CA-NV; from "Fountain Place", it's a Grade 2D, Class 2 hike or from "Willow Creek below Armstrong Pass", it's a Grade 2C, Class 1 hike to Freel Peak.

 o - Jobs Sister (10823') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Freel Peak, CA-NV; from "Fountain Place", it's a Grade 3E, Class 2 hike or from "Willow Creek below Armstrong Pass", it's a Grade 2C, Class 1 to Jobs Sister.

 x - Jobs Peak (10633') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Freel Peak, CA-NV; from "Snowshoe Springs (Hwy 88/89)", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Jobs Peak.

 o - Wade (9367') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Freel Peak, CA-NV; from "Snowshoe Springs (Hwy 88/89)", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to Wade.

14 - In the Pine Nut Mtns (East of Highway 395) (1 peak)

x - Mt. Siegel (9450') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Mt. Siegel, NV-CA; from the "Slaters Mine north of peak", it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 hike to Mt. Siegel.

15 - In the Sweetwater Mtns (East of Highway 395) (6 peaks)

o - Desert Creek Peak (8969') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Desert Creek Peak, NV-CA; from "Risue Canyon Road", it's a Grade 1C, Class 2 hike to Desert Creek Peak.

 x - East Sister (10402') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Desert Creek Peak, NV-CA; from the "Rickey Mine to north", it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 hike to East Sister.

 x - Middle Sister (10859') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Desert Creek Peak, NV-CA; from the "Rickey Mine to north", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Middle Sister.

 * - South Sister (11339') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fales Hot Springs, CA-NV; from "Sheeles Camp", it's a Grade 3C, Class 2 hike to South Sister.

 * - Mt. Patterson (11673') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fales Hot Springs, CA-NV; from "Lobdell Lake", it's a Grade 2C, Class 2 hike to Mt. Patterson.

 x - Wheeler Peak (11664') - See the 15' USGS Topo: Fales Hot Springs, CA-NV; from "Swauger Creek", it's a Grade 3D, Class 2 hike to Wheeler Peak.


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