Snow Mountain - West Peak Marker
The Sacramento Hikers, led by Rich Blackmarr, tackled the twin peaks of Snow Mountain this weekend. The weather was perfect for a hike but due to the fires near Paradise, the skies were hazy and the smoke obscured views toward the Cascade and Sierra Mountain ranges to the east. The views toward the lower Sacramento Valley were also a little smokey.
In spite of limited views, the gang of 11 hikers enjoyed a beautiful weekend in the Northern California Coast Range camping Saturday night at Letts Lake and completing the 8 mile RT; 2,000+' climb to the twin summits early Sunday morning.
Snow Mountain, comprised of east and west peaks, are located in the Northern California Coast Range in the upper Sacramento Valley. The east peak at 7,058' is slightly taller than the west peak at 7,038'. Both peaks are the tallest coastal peaks north of San Francisco and 2nd tallest to Black Butte Mountain at 7,448' in the entire California Coast range. The twin peaks are the 29th highest peaks in California.
The east peak and adjacent St. Johns Mountain are visible from the I-5 interstate freeway. In normal winters, snowfall accumulates on the mountains and lasts until June.
On clear days, Mt. Diablo, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Konocti are visible to the south.
Letts Lake located at 4,000', sits amidst evergreen forests. We were all surprised at how beautiful the lake turned out to be.
Time to fire up the camp stoves for dinner. Relaxing and enjoying a warm evening at the Letts lake Campround.
Me at the top of East Peak.
Saddle seperating the two peaks to the right. We hiked along the saddle to get to West Peak.
Group foto on East Peak,
Don and Bonnie sitting
L-R standing - Herb, Frank G., Frank F., Jean, Rich, Mike (kneeling)
Video of the View on Top of Snow Mountain