Sierra Nevada - Yosemite National Park - Matterhorn Peak

On August 23, 1962 I climbed 12,285' Matterhorn Peak from Burro Pass during the Tuolumne Meadows to Twin Lakes Deck Trek.

Matterhorn Peak lies on the northern boundary of Yosemite National Park. At 12,285 feet elevation, it is the highpoint of the impressive Sawtooth Ridge. It is the northernmost 12,000-foot peak in the Sierra Nevada and there are no higher peaks north of Matterhorn in the entire Sierra Nevada.

The peak also supports the Sierra's northernmost glacier system. It was named after the Matterhorn in the Alps. Matterhorn Peak is quite near to Twin Peaks, and just north, of Whorl Mountain.

The peak was made famous by Jack Kerouac who wrote about climbing the peak in his 1958 book, The Dharma Bums. It was first climbed in 1899 by M. R. Dempster and party. It is an easy class 2 climb via the southwest side from Burro Pass. There are also numerous technical climbing routes.

Matterhorn Peak area map
Matterhorn Peak area map
Matterhorn Peak at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Peak at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Alpen glow at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Alpen glow at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962

Alpine glow at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Alpine glow at Burro Pass camp - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Peak from Burro Pass - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Peak from Burro Pass - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962

Finger Peaks, the Slide, Slide Mountain from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Finger Peaks, the Slide, Slide Mountain from top of Matterhorn Peak
Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962

Matterhorn Ridge north from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Ridge north from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Twin Lakes and Bridgeport Valley from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Twin Lakes and Bridgeport Valley from top of Matterhorn Peak
Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962

Clint Powell reading register on top of Matterhorn Peak, Twin Peaks, Virginia Peak, Camiaca Peak in rear - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Clint Powell reading register on top of Matterhorn Peak, Twin Peaks, Virginia Peak,
Camiaca Peak in rear - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Spiller Creek from top of Matterhorn Peak, Mt. Conness & glacier, Virginia and Stanton Peaks - Yosemite Ntional Park - Aug 1962
Spiller Creek from top of Matterhorn Peak, Mt. Conness & glacier,
Virginia and Stanton Peaks - Yosemite Ntional Park - Aug 1962

View south from top of Mattehorn Peak, Whorl Mountain - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
View south from top of Mattehorn Peak, Whorl Mountain
Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Canyon from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Canyon from top of Matterhorn Peak - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962

Matterhorn Peak from Slide Canyon - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Matterhorn Peak from Slide Canyon - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak from trail over Mule Pass - Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962
Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak from trail over Mule Pass
Yosemite National Park - Aug 1962