High Adventure Team Patch
Awards - Peak Bagger Awards


Extracted from Hike Aid 16, dated January 2016
Note: In the event of a conflict between this web page and the Hike Aid, the Hike Aid takes precedence.

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Peak Bagger PatchesThe Peak Bagger Program is designed to stimulate a greater appreciation of the alpine wilderness, while persons experience the beauty, peace and majesty of the mountains. Each peak has been carefully selected so that a variety of locations may be reached on backpacking treks, without the use of mountaineering skills. The Peak Bagger Award is a cumulative award series that recognizes High Adventure achievement, and is shown on the front cover. While few people are privileged to make first ascents, it is possible to experience the thrill of standing on the windswept summit and carry the memory forever. Look upon the lush, flower-starred greenness of alpine meadows, the harsh purity of rocky landscapes above timberline, or the almost supernatural touch of alpenglow upon the peaks, and you will surely join the growing ranks of those who love the mountains.

Careful planning is a must before climbing each of the peaks listed here. Unit leadership must consult trail guides or booklets on the area and forest service and topographic maps, and seek information from fellow backpackers. Route descriptions and profiles for most of these peaks are to be found in the books listed in Reference Materials. Many sources of information should be used diligently to ensure the success of hiking and climbing experiences.

The Peak Bagger Program is graduated to fill the needs of all, from the relative novice to the experienced mountaineer. The Basic Award is easy enough for the newcomer who is ready and willing to put forth that extra effort required. But, even the Basic Award is more than just climbing five mountains. The groups of peaks are such that a Scout has the opportunity to enjoy various sections of the California wilderness as an Award is earned. It is also a learning experience, that is, learning the effects of high altitude, the need for carrying the ten essentials, and the rewards and sense of achievement from standing on a mountain top.

Once the Basic Peak Bagger has been earned, any peak in a higher group may be substituted for a peak requirement in a lower group, e.g., a Group F peak for a Group D peak. The list of qualifying peaks is considered sufficiently extensive that most Units should find it relatively easy to select mountains that satisfy their particular needs. For this reason, there should be no need for substitutes beyond the approved list. Substitutes may be granted only in unusual circumstances after a written request is submitted for consideration of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council High Adventure Team prior to climbing a peak.

There is no time limit for earning these awards. Therefore, it is essential that an accurate record be maintained to ensure that each participant receives proper credit. The Peak Bagger Award Record is suggested for this purpose. It is also to be used in applying for an award. Happy climbing, and remember -

"Nothing of worth or weight can be
achieved with half a mind, with a faint
heart, or with lame endeavor
" - Barrow

Specific Requirements

  1. Earn two weekend awards (as defined in Hike Aid 6, "High Adventure Awards Program"), before beginning to climb peaks that qualify for these awards.
  2. Plan and complete each trip conforming to the following:
    1. The trip (including the final ascent) must be distributed over two or more consecutive days with an overnight stay (trail or dispersed site camp preferred). For weekend trips, at least four scheduled backpack hours must be planned.
    2. The ascent to the summit must be as part of a trek from the designated trailhead or approach.
    3. On the final ascent, carry the Ten Essentials-Plus and other clothing and equipment appropriate to the conditions.
    4. Only one peak is allowed for a weekend outing. Two peaks are the maximum for credit on a week-long hike (seven days, six nights minimum duration).
  3. Awards are earned as follows:
    1. Basic - Climb 5 peaks, consisting of no more than two from any Group.
    2. 10 peak - Climb five additional peaks consisting of one each from Groups A, B, C and two from Group D.
    3. 15 peak - Climb five additional peaks consisting of two from Group C, two from Group D and one from Group E.
    4. Senior (20) - Climb five additional peaks consisting of two from Group D and three from Group E.
    5. Mountaineer (25) - Climb five additional peaks consisting of two from Group E and three from Group F.
    No peak may be climbed more than once for credit.
  4. Upon completion of the requirements for the Basic, 10-Peak, and 15-Peak Awards, submit the Award Record to the GLAAC Scout Shop to purchase them. The Senior and Mountaineer Awards require approval of a member of the High Adventure Team before purchase.
  5. Once the Mountaineer Award is earned, the process may be repeated to earn an additional set of awards.

"Climb the mountains and get their glad tidings" - John Muir

Rating System

Although people of varied capabilities will be using this guide, an attempt is made here to provide uniform ratings for the trips to the peaks. The rating system is based on two factors, (1) the approach, and (2) the class of climb. The "Rating" column for the Approved Peaks list shows a letter and number, for each peak.

Approach rating:
This considers the difficulty of the ascent and the time required.

"M" = an easy to moderate, two day trip.
"H" = a strenuous two, day trip.
"S" = a moderate to strenuous, three day trip.
"L" = a peak normally climbed as part of a week-long hike.

Class of Climb Rating:
The Sierra Club uses these classifications.

1 = A trail leads all the way to the summit. Almost any footgear could be used, but boots are recommended for more comfortable hiking.

2 = The final ascent (usually above your camp site) has no maintained trail; however, a "climber's route" may sometimes be followed. The terrain is rougher and proper footgear, such as lug-soled boots with good traction, are strongly recommended. Hands may occasionally be used for balance in climbing.

3 = Handholds and footholds are used; lug-soled boots are required. Exposure is such that some persons may wish to be belayed at times, so a rope, and knowledge of its use, should be taken.

Although experienced persons in good physical condition may find that they can make some of these climbs more easily and quickly than indicated by the ratings here, these ratings are intended for the average Scout Unit that has a continuing backpack program. Even though some mountains involving Class 3 climbing have been included, they are relatively easy for persons with considerable experience in route finding and climbing Class 2. When in doubt, turn back! It is usually more difficult to climb down Class 3 routes than to go up. Always carefully research and plan the ascent of such a peak.

Peak climbing may be attempted most seasons, provided every safety precaution is observed! However, since snow pack conditions vary, travel over ice and snow will require additional time, capability, and proper snow and ice travel equipment. The approach rating will usually be raised by at least one letter where travel over them will be encountered.

Approved Peaks - Southern California

Name Elev. Topo map Rating Trailhead/Approach
Group A
Alto Diablo (1) 10500 Big Bear Lake M2 Poopout Hill; Forsee Creek
Charlton 10806 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Poopout Hill
Grinnell 10284 Moonridge M2 Aspen Grove (4); Poopout Hill
Lake Peak 10161 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Aspen Grove (4); Poopout Hill
Little Charlton 10696 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Fallsvale
Peak 9971 (2) 9971 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Aspen Grove (4); Poopout Hill
Peak 10067 (2) 10067 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Aspen Grove (4); Poopout Hill
Red Tahquitz 8720 San Jacinto Peak M2 Humber Park/Saddle Jct
South Peak 7840 Idyllwild M2 Humber Park/Saddle Jct
Tahquitz 8846 San Jacinto Peak M1 Humber Park/Saddle Jct
Zahniser (3) 10156 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Poopout Hill; Dry Lake
  1. East of Shields Flat (approximately 0.6 mile)
  2. ESE of Lake Peak
  3. North of Mine Shaft Saddle
  4. Fish Creek Meadow trailhead does not meet minimum hiking hours for Peak Bagger trip.
Group B
Anderson Peak 10840 Big Bear Lake M1 Barton Flats; Forsee Creek
Dobbs Peak 10459 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Poopout Hill
E. San Bernardino 10691 Big Bear Lake M1 Barton Flats; Forsee Creek
Jepson Peak 11205 San Gorgonio Mtn M2 Poopout Hill; Vivian Creek
Mt. San Gorgonio 11499 San Gorgonio Mtn M1 Poopout Hill; Vivian Creek
Shields Peak 10680 Big Bear Lake M1 Barton Flats; Forsee Creek
Sugarloaf Mtn 9952 Moonridge M1 Hwy. 38; Wildhorse Creek
Group C
Big Horn* 10997 San Gorgonio Mtn. M2 Poopout Hill; Vivian Creek
Folly Peak 10480 San Jacinto Peak M2 Round Vly; Little Round Vly
Jean Peak 10670 San Jacinto Peak M2 Round Vly; Little Round Vly
Mt. San Jacinto 10804 San Jacinto Peak M1 Round Vly; Little Round Vly
San Bernardino 10649 Big Bear Lake M1 Angelus Oaks
* SSE of Mt. San Gorgonio, about 0.7 miles.

Approved Peaks - Sierras

Name Elev. Topo map Rating Trailhead/Approach
Group A
Blackrock Mtn 9635 Casa Vieja Meadows M2 Kennedy Meadows
Kaiser Peak 10320 Kaiser Peak H1 Lakeshore
Mono Dome 10614 Mt. Dana M2 Log Cabin Mine
Peak 9870* 9870 Mt. Silliman M2 Horse Corral Creek
Shell Mountain 9594 Muir Grove M2 Stoney Creek Campground
* Between Pond Meadow and Mitchell Peak.
Group B
Corral Mtn 9680 Courtwright Reservoir M2 Courtwright Reservoir
Hoffman Mtn 9622 Rough Spur M2 Wishon Reservoir
Tioga Peak 11513 Mt. Dana M2 Warren Fork; Saddlebag Lake
Twin Peaks 10485 Mt. Silliman H2 Lodgepole
Group C
Alta Peak 11204 Lodgepole M2 Wolverton; Giant Forest
Blacktop Peak 12668 Koip Peak H2 Crest Creek; Alger Lakes
Brown Mt. 9958 Templeton Mountain L2 Sage Flats; Cottonwood
Castle Peak 10677 Tehipite Dome M2 Wishon Reservoir; Chain Lakes
ue Peak 12900 Cirque Peak H2 Cottonwood; New Army Pass*
Coyote Peak 10892 Kern Lake L2 Mineral King/Coyote Lake
Deer Mt. 9410 Haiwee Pass M2 Kennedy Mdw
Fleming Mtn 10796 Mt. Henry L2 Courtwright Reservoir
Goode, Mt. 13092 North Palisade H2 South Lake
Gould, Mt. 13005 Mt. Clarence King M2 Onion Valley
Iron Mtn 11149 Cattle Mtn H1 Ashley Lake
" " " L2 Iron Lake
Julius Caesar, Mt. 13196 Mt. Hilgard H2 Pine Creek
Kearsarge Peak 12598 Kearsarge Peak M2 Onion Valley
Kern Peak 11510 Kern Peak S2 Cottonwood/Ramshaw Mdw
Kettle Peak 10041 Mt. Silliman H2 Lodgepole
Lamark, Mt. 13417 Mt. Darwin H2 North Lake; Lake Sabrina
Lee Vining Peak 11691 Mt. Dana M2 Log Cabin Mine
Loper Peak 10059 Courtwright Reservoir M2 Wishon Reservoir
Maggie Mt. 10042 Quinn Peak L2 Maggie Lakes
Mitchell Peak 10365 Mt. Silliman M1 Horse Corral Mdw; Lodgepole
Monache Mtn 9410 Monache Mtn M2 Kennedy Mdw
Morgan, Mt. 13748 Mt. Morgan M2 Rock Creek
Muah Mtn 11016 Bartlett M2 Cottonwood; Mulkey Mdw
Nelson Mtn 10220 Nelson Mtn M2 Dinkey Creek Road
Spanish Mtn 10051 Rough Spur H2 Wishon Reservoir; Spanish Lakes
Starr, Mt. 12870 Mt. Abbott M2 Rock Creek
Templeton Mtn 9932 Templeton Mtn S2 Cottonwood
Three Sisters 10619 Dogtooth Peak L2 Dinkey Creek Road
Vandever Mtn 11947 Mineral King M2 Mineral King
Warren, Mt. 12327 Mt. Dana H2 Warren Fork; Log Cabin Mine
White Chief Peak 11020 Mineral King M2 Mineral King
* Cirque is a D peak when approached from Chicken Spring Lake.
Group D
Agassiz, Mt. 13891 North Palisade H2 South Lake/Bishop Pass
Angora Mtn 10202 Kern Lake L2 Mineral King
Bago, Mt. 11869 Mt. Clarence King L2 Charlotte Lake
Banner Peak 12945 Mt. Ritter S3 Thousand Island Lake
Basin Mtn 13240 Mt. Tom H2 Horton Creek
Blackcap Mtn 11559 Blackcap Mtn L2 Wishon Reservoir; Kings River
Cirque Peak 12900 Cirque Peak H2 Chicken Spring Lake, Long Lake*
Dade, Mt. 13600 Mt. Abbott H2 Rock Creek/Treasure Lakes
Dana, Mt. 13053 Mt. Dana H2 Tioga Pass
Davis, Mt. 12311 Mt. Ritter S2 Thousand Island Lake
Florence Peak 12432 Mineral King H2 Mineral King/Franklin Pass
Gayley, Mt. 13510 Split Mtn H3 So. Fork Big Pine Creek
Graveyard Peak 11494 Graveyard Peak H2 Edison Lake/Graveyard Lakes
Guyot, Mt. 12300 Mt. Whitney L2 Cottonwood/Guyot Flat
Hitchcock, Mt. 13184 Mt. Whitney L2 Crabtree Lakes
Hutchings, Mt. 10785 The Sphinx S2 Kings Canyon
Johnson Peak 11371 Johnson Peak L2 Mineral King
Kennedy Mtn 11433 Slide Bluffs S2 Kings Canyon
Langley, Mt. 14042 Mt. Langley H2 Cottonwood/ New Army Pass
Lone Pine Peak 12944 Mt. Langley H2 Whitney Portal/Meysan Lake
Mallory, Mt. 13850 Mt. Whitney H2 Whitney Portal/Meysan Lake
Muir, Mt. 14015 Mt. Whitney L3 Crabtree Mdw
Red Mtn 11951 Mt. Henry L2 Courtwright Reservoir/Flemming Creek
Sawtooth Peak 12343 Mineral King S2 Mineral King/Sawtooth Pass
Silver Peak 11878 Sharktooth Peak L2 Edison Lake
Tom, Mt. 13652 Mt. Tom H2 Horton Creek
Tyndall, Mt. 14018 Mt. Williamson S2 Symmes Creek/Shepherd Pass
Whitney, Mt. 14495 Mt. Whitney L1 Crabtree Mdw
" " " S1 Whitney Portal
* Cirque is a C peak when approached from Cottonwood.
Group E
Arrow Peak 12958 Mt. Pinchot L2 Bench Lake
Baldwin, Mt. 12614 Convict Lake H2 Lake Dorothy; Mildred Lake
Barnard, Mt. 13990 Mt. Williamson L2 Wallace Lakes
Black Giant 13330 Mt. Goddard L2 Muir Pass
Bradley, Mt. 13289 Mt. Williamson L2 Center Basin
Crocker, Mt. 12457 Mt. Abbott S2 McGee Creek; Rock Creek
Donohue Peak 12023 Koip Peak S2 June Lake
Eagle Scout Peak 12040 Triple Divide Peak L2 Crescent Mdw; Kaweah Gap
Electra Peak 12442 Mt. Lyell L2 Twin Lakes
Emerson, Mt. 13225 Mt. Darwin H2 North Lake/Piute Pass
Fiske, Mt. 13524 Mt. Darwin L2 Helen Lake; Sapphire Lake
Florence, Mt. 12561 Mt. Lyell S2 Yosemite Valley
Foerster Peak 12058 Mt. Lyell L2 Blue Lake
Gabb, Mt. 13711 Mt. Abbott L2 Lake Italy
Henry, Mt. 12196 Blackcap Mtn S2 Courtwright Reservoir
Hilgard, Mt. 13361 Mt. Elgard L2 Lake Italy
Hopkins, Mt. 12302 Mt. Abbott S2 Rock Creek
Huntington, Mt. 12405 Mt. Abbott H2 Rock Creek
" " " L2 Pioneer Lake
Marion Peak 12719 Marion Peak L2 Marion Lake
Merced Peak 11726 Merced Peak S2 Yosemite Valley
Midway Mtn 13666 Mt. Brewer L3 Milestone Creek; Colby Lakes
Morrison, Mt. 12268 Convict Lake H2 Convict Lake
Pinchot, Mt. 13495 Mt. Pinchot L3 Pinchot Pass
Red Slate Mtn 13163 Convict Lake S2 McGee Creek
Rixford, Mt. 12890 Mt. Clarence King S2 Onion Valley
Sill, Mt. 14162 North Palisade L3 Palisade Basin
Silliman, Mt. 11188 Mt. Silliman S2 Lodgepole/Twin Lakes
Stanford, Mt. 12851 Mt. Abbott S2 McGee Creek; Rock Creek
Striped Mtn 13189 Mt. Pinchot L2 Taboose Pass
Triple Divide Peak 12634 Triple Divide Peak L3 Tamarack Lake; Nine Lake Basin
Woodworth, Mt. 12219 North Palisade L2 Middle Fork Kings River
Group F
Brewer, Mt. 13570 Mt. Brewer S2 Cedar Grove
Conness, Mt. 12590 Tioga Pass S3 Young Lakes
" " " H3 Saddlebag Lake
Goddard, Mt. 13568 Mt. Goddard L2 Wanda Lake
Kaweah, Mt. 13802 Mt. Kaweah L2 Big Arroyo
Lyell, Mt. 13114 Mt. Lyell L2 Tuolumne Mdw
Maclure, Mt. 12988 Mt. Lyell S3 Tuolumne Mdw
Matterhorn Peak 12264 Matterhorn Peak H2 Twin Lakes
Olancha Peak 12123 Olancha Peak H2 Sage Flats
" " " L2 Cottonwood
Ritter, Mt. 13157 Mt. Ritter S3 1000 Island Lake
Split Mtn 14058 Split Mtn S3 Red Mtn Creek
" " " L2 Upper Basin
University Peak 13632 Mt. Williamson S2 Onion Valley
" " " L2 Center Basin
Williamson, Mt. 14375 Mt. Williamson S2 George Creek

Approved Peaks - Philmont

Peaks from the following list that are climbed while on a trek may be used to satisfy the requirements for a Peak Bagger Award.

Group A
Bear Mtn10663
Big Red11024
Black Mtn10892
Bonita Peak10676
Mt. Phillips11711
Trail Peak10242

Group B
Baldy Mtn12441

There are also peaks that may be climbed for Mini-Peak Bagger credit. However, only two peak climbs on a single Philmont trek may be used toward earning an GLAAC sponsored award. Both may be Peak Bagger or Mini-Peak Bagger, or one for each award. Crew leaders must advise Philmont - Logistics, before beginning the trek, of any peak climb to be taken that is not on the route of its approved itinerary.