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The “Fourteener Initiative”, climb California’s 14,000′ peaks with a certified guide

Join a certified mountain guide for a fun, challenging and scenic ascent of one of California's 14ers. Choose from any one of 14 of the highest peaks in the state and climb it over the course of two or three days.

Mountain RangeCascade Range, Sierra Nevada (California)
Duration1+ day
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Enjoy California's stunning scenery.

  • Climb any one of the 14 tallest mountains in the state.

  • Learn new and hone existing mountaineering skills as you go.


From the expansive glaciers on Mt Shasta to the sky-high summit of Mt Whitney, there is no feeling quite like climbing a California 14er.

Spread throughout the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range, California boasts 14 in all, including the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 United States (Mt Whitney).

Many of the peaks in this exclusive club are considered quintessential alpine climbs. While many are not very technically challenging, requiring some simple rock and ice climbing along the way, all are physically demanding.

However, the effort required to getting to the top of any of these peaks is well worth it. Views from all 14 summits are mind blowingly beautiful. There’s really no better way to see all of this state’s diverse scenery than from the top of one of these peaks.

For these reasons, we offer the Fourteenter Initiative. As one of only two companies in the entire state that is permitted to guide climbs on all 14 of the highest mountains, we want to help you get up as many as possible.

Below is a list of all the trips we offer, along with the route we’ll take up the mountain and the grade of the climbing:

  • Mt Whitney (14,505 feet) – East Face (5.4) or Buttress (5.6 III)
  • Mt Williamson (14,375 feet) – Twisted Rib (5.6 III)
  • North Palisade (14,242 feet) – U-Notch (5.6 III)
  • Keeler Needle (14,239 feet) (combined with Whitney) – 4th Class / Tech Routes
  • Mt Sill (14,153 feet) – Swiss Arete (5.7 III)
  • Mt Russel (14,153 feet) – East Ridge (4th Class) or Fishhook Arete (5.9 III)
  • Polemonium Peak (14,080 feet) – U-Notch (5.6 III) or V-Notch (W1-3 III)
  • Split Mountain (14,042 feet) – North Ridge (3rd Class II)
  • Mt Langley (14,022 feet) – South Ridge (3rd Class II)
  • Mt Tyndall (14,019 feet) – North Ridge (4th Class)
  • Middle Palisade (14,012 feet) – East Face (3rd – 4th Class II – III)
  • Mt Muir (14,011 feet) – East Face (4th Class II)
  • Thunderbolt Peak (14,003 feet) – North Couloir (4th Class II)
  • Mt Shasta (14,179 feet) – various routes

So what are you waiting for? Book now for your next (or first) 14er climbing experience in stunningly scenic California!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you will also enjoy our 3-day winter mountaineering ascent of Mt Shasta via Casaval Ridge!



About the guide

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Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.

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Group of 1

USD 516 each

Group of 2

USD 464 each

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