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Matterhorn Peak - North Arete (5.7)
The Sawtooth Range, Sierra Nevada - 2 days

Climbing the North Arete of Matterhorn Peak, one of the High Sierra's classic rock climbing routes, is a truly alpine experience.

The North Arete rock climbing route is very alpine in character, involving much 4th class terrain as well as many 5th class rock climbing moves up to 5.7 in difficulty. This makes it well within reach of most rock climbers who are able to follow 5.7.

Matterhorn Peak itself is the high point of the magnificent Sawtooth Ridge laying on the Northern Border of Yosemite National Park, near the Eastern Sierra town of Bridgeport.

We do this in a two-day climb where we approach Matterhorn Peak the first day and then do the North Arete climb and descend back to the trail head the second day. Some ice axe use may be required on the descent from the summit.

For more California alpine climbing & mountaineering courses check out our main Alpine Climbing / Mountaineering page.


Location: Sawtooth Range - Bridgeport, California, East Side of the Sierra Nevada. Only 4 1/2 hours from the S.F. Bay Area and and one hour north of the Sierra resort town of Mammoth Lakes.

For area information view our Bridgeport Travel Page.

Prerequisites: Some previous rock climbing experience required with the ability to follow rock climbs up to 5.7 in difficulty.

Dates: We guide the North Arete of Matterhorn Peak on a custom basis from May through October. Contact us for availability.



$750 for one guest
$450 per person for two guests


  • Professional AMGA certified and trained rock guide
  • Breakfast & dinner & all technical climbing equipment (except footwear).
  • All group camping equipment.





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