The northern boundary of Yosemite National Park follows a ridge that runs east/west, and starts, on the west, with Tower Peak, and then continues eastward with Ehrnbeck Peak, Crown Point, Slide Mountain, the Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak. Tower Peak can be seen, far to the south, from the Sonora Pass highway (Hwy 108).
The Sawtooth Ridge, Matterhorn Peak and others to the west, seen from Bridgeport, CA.
One can get a much closer look at these peaks from Twin Lakes, which is located at the foot of the ridge
California Outward Bound School – 1971
During the summer of 1971, I worked for the California Outward Bound School. We were headquartered at a mothballed Marine mountain warfare base, at Pickel Meadow, on the Sonora Pass highway. The base has since been reopened.
From Hwy 108, we followed the West Walker River upstream to the base of Tower Peak.
From Tower Peak, we moved eastward.
From Whorl Mountain, we headed down Matterhorn Canyon, to the south
From the mouth of Matterhorn Canyon, we headed east to the Mc Cabe Lakes and Mount Conness.
We next traveled south and east, to intersect the Tioga Road, near Tioga Pass. There, we picked up a resupply and continued south via Parker Pass Creek, from which we climbed onto the Kuna Crest at its northern end.
We descended the southern end of the Kuna Crest and headed for Mt. Lyell (13,114′). Mt Lyell is at the southern extremity of the Cathedral Range.
This climb ended the course. We had traveled extensively through Yosemite National Park, and seen very few others on the way. What a privilege!
Saddlebag Lake is located just east of Tioga Pass, and provides a good vantage point to view Mt. Conness and White Mountain.
Aerial Photos, Southwest Airlines flights