North Peak – North Couloirs

North Peak hosts some of the most reliable and accessible alpine ice in the range. An absolutely top-quality alpine day.

Scheduled dates and prices are based on a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum 2:1 guiding ratio.

Due to COVID-19 this trip is only being offered on a Custom Private basis. Please click HERE to request a reservation and more information about arranging this climb on a custom private basis.

North Peak - North Couloirs

North Peak

North Couloirs (II, 50 degrees)

North Peak is a unique and special alpine peak of the Sierra. The three North couloirs hold fantastic alpine neve and later in the season, pure alpine ice. The climbing is perfect. The right couloir is the most consistently good and it averages just over 50 degrees, which feels plenty steep when the ice is bullet hard, but there is a bergschrund that to cross often involves near vertical ice climbing. It is around five pitches long and at its top you emerge into the sun and climb pleasurable 3rd and 4th class rock to the plateau just below the summit. At that point, welcome to the scenic boundary of Yosemite National Park!

There are many couloirs in the Sierra as enjoyable to climb as this one, but none are so accessible. Thanks to the road to Saddlebag Lake we start the journey above 10,000 feet and can get to the couloir in a few short hours of hiking. This makes a perfect alpine experience and a great peak traverse. If you are up for the challenge, try enchaining North Peak with the North Ridge of Mt. Conness for the ultimate big Sierra alpine day.




  • Prior ice axe and crampon skills
  • Good overall fitness


  • AMGA trained and/or certified guide

Not Included:

  • Food/Drinks
  • Transportation to and from location
  • Any rental equipment needed

1 review for North Peak – North Couloirs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fun trip and definitely worth doing with SMG. Howie is an awesome person to climb with and can’t wait for my next adventure with them. I went in Sept with record heat and the ice was amazingly perfect.

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