SPS Peaks List

Peaks List

SPS Peaks List - 27th Edition - amended July 2023

SPS Peaks List - January 2023 - 27th Edition - 247 peaks (and one suspended peak)
(posted 5/6/23)

A selection of past SPS Peaks Lists:     
SPS Peaks List - April 2020
- 26th Edition - 247 peaks    
SPS Peaks List - August 2017 - 25th Edition - 247 peaks
SPS Peaks List - May 2017 - 24th Edition - 247 peaks
SPS Peaks List - February 2016 - 23rd Edition - 247 peaks
SPS Peaks List - July 2011 - 21st Edition - 247 peaks
SPS Peaks List - April 2009 - 20th Edition - 248 peaks 
SPS Peaks List - August 2001 - 19th Edition - 247 peaks    
SPS Peaks List - March 1999 - 18th Edition - 247 peaks    
SPS Peaks List - November 1990 - 15th Edition - 247 peaks*
SPS Peaks List - October 1986 - 14th Edition - 246 peaks*
SPS Peaks List - January 1976 - 246 peaks    
   * #15 & #14 lists added to web site 2021-0218

SPS  Peaks List with Mileage, Gain and TH Information

Gary Maple, former Echo subscriber now retired and living in Citrus Heights (near Sacramento, CA), created this list of the mountains on the Sierra Peaks Section list featuring distance, gain, and loss from trailhead to summit, i.e., one way. Note that the emblems (in CAPS) and mountaineer’s peaks are in red. There are several pages: the entire list of SPS peaks from shortest to longest hike and separate lists for each class of climb (1 through 5), for emblem peaks only, and for mountaineer’s peaks only. 

Each route was calculated based upon reaching the objective using the least technical route and finally obtaining the summit by the easiest method described in R. J. Secor’s book The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails. The trail on which each route starts is listed and in many cases may be used only to connect to the main trail that will be used actually to reach the objective (i.e., the Alta Peak Trail can be taken to reach the High Sierra Trail for access to Lion Rock, Mt. Stewart, and Eagle Scout Peak­­––this is shorter than taking the High Sierra Trail all the way). Each calculation was made as though the peak was the only one being climbed. Of course, climbers often climb two or more peaks on an outing. Also, in a few instances, hiking distances may be shorter if climbers have high clearance and/or four-wheel drive vehicles. Numerous sources were used to make the calculations, but technical difficulty was based R. J. Secor’s book.

SPS Peaks List with Mileage, Gain and TH Information (Excel spreadsheet) 

Ratings for Mountain Scrambling

The SPS Peaks List has long identified the difficulty of peak climbs by listing the class of rock climb required. As explained in an April-June 2019 Sierra Echo article, a system of listing the difficulty of rock or mountain scrambles for easier peaks has been developed. If you have any comments or addition to this new list, please send them to the address mentioned at the bottom of the new Ratings for Scramblers page.