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MAGGIE’S PEAK (North) FROM EAGLE LAKE TRAILHEAD: This is a physically strenuous, though technically straightforward ascent to 8699’. Unless you are an experienced and adequately equipped backcountry skier, snowshoes will be required. Loaner gear is available to paid members. Maximum: 8. Required experience: A high level of fitness from strenuous 3-season (spring thru fall) hiking or equivalent cross training. Desired experience: SIG1/MTN1/prior experience travelling on snow. For SMC paid or free members only. Not a member? Join here.


  • HOW TO JOIN THIS EVENT: Please read all the content of this posting, then if you are interested in attending, see section below titled "How to Join the Interest List"
  • COST: Free
  • DATES: March 25th 2017 (Saturday)
  • LOCATION: All of this hike will take place in the Desolation Wilderness of Eldorado National Forest. We plan to enter at the road closure just north of the Eagle Lake Trailhead and will aim to summit Maggie’s peak with almost 2000’ of elevation gain.
  • ROUTE: The primary objective is to climb a moderate Northwest facing couloir leading up to the North Peak. If this route is chosen the snow will likely be firm mandating familiarity with crampon use and self arrest for all participants. Recent snowfall may prohibit climbing of the couloir, in which case the objective will be to summit via the Northeast slope. The route will not exceed third class of the YDS. The route proper begins as a steep snow climb to the summit plateau. Once the plateau is reached some scrambling may be required. What it lacks in technical difficulty it more than compensates for in the physical challenge.For either ascent route, we will descend the Northeast face.
  • EVENT LEADERS: Tim Cronin (650) 9247211
  • MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: Minimum:4, Maximum:8
  • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants must be able to complete a strenuous day hike and have a high level of cardiovascular fitness. Competency at SIG1, MTN1 and RCK1 level is required. Overview all SMC Training Courses here.
  • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use their own equipment. If you're missing something, club loaner gear may be available (except footwear). Please let the instructors know if you need something. All paid members receive significant discounts off ALL gear at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports,, (916) 505-7964, located at 1805 Tribute Rd. Suite H, Sacramento, CA 95815. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Outdoor Research, MSR, Grivel,  Beal, Osprey and more.
  • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Overall, this outing best fits in the "Difficult" category.
  • GETTING THERE: We will meet at the highway 89 road closure some distance north of the Eagle Falls Trail Parking, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. 
  • ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD: Bring lunch and high energy snacks for the day.
  • EMERGENCIES: Barton Memorial Hospital, 2170 South Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541 3420


The complete trip is expected to cover 5 miles with close to 2000’ in elevation gain.

The group will meet at 7AM for a comprehensive gear check and embark on completion of this. A decision, based on recent weather, on which route will have been taken before the day the trip is scheduled. The plan is to be back at the cars before 5PM. In order to achieve this, the group must turn at 12:30PM regardless of proximity to the objective.


Club climbing events are open to all and free of charge. After a conservative self-assessment, if you believe you will contribute to the safety and success of this event and would like to be considered, please indicate your interest here on the official event posting at

If you do not have an SMC membership, you can get one for $18.99/month. You can also get a free membership that allows you to join outings and free training events only. Visit the official SMC website to become a member. This will then allow you to indicate your interest on the official outing postings.

1. Visit the official SMC website to become a paid or free member, or if you already are a member, go to step 3.

2. Complete all the portions of the member profile.

3. Return to this posting to place your name on the interest list.

HOW SELECTIONS WORK: A few weeks prior to the event, the leaders will select team members based on relevant experience, skill level, fitness, and teamwork, while keeping an eye toward achieving a balanced mix of individuals. Those that are selected will be notified via email. Out of courtesy, if you are unable to attend, please change your RSVP on Meetup and the SMC website and notify the event leader as soon as possible. You can check the status of your attendance on the event posting on both websites.

If you experience difficulties during the registration process, please send an email to our webmaster at


All paid members receive significant discounts off ALL gear at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports,, (916) 505-7964, located at 1805 Tribute Rd Suite H, Sacramento, CA 95815. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Outdoor Research, MSR, Grivel,  Beal, Osprey and more.


  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating fill or down belay jacket
  • Socks, liners
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Gaiters
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Sun hat or covering


  • Snowshoes / Skis
  • Backpack
  • High energy, easily prepared food, snacks and drinks
  • Strong headlamp and extra batteries
  • Map and compass
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Toiletries, Personal items, medications, etc.
  • Optional items for consideration: radio, altimeter, trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, personal rescue beacon, bandana


  • Mountaineering boots or approach shoes
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots* 
  • Ice axe*

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve (paid members only).

For help in selecting the appropriate item, please refer to the SMC Detailed Clothing, Equipment and Gear List


  • This event is free of charge and available to the public. In order to attend, you must have a free or paid membership with the Sierra Mountaineering Club so that you can place your name on the interest list.
  • Event leaders are board-approved volunteers.
  • The club receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this club outing. Donations are not solicited on club outings, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation. The outing is free to all qualified persons.
  • Non-commercial wilderness, camping and /or backcountry permits have been acquired within the posted group size limits for this area, and will be carried with our party in the backcountry. Should you wish to inquire about such permits, please contact SMC Executive Director at
  • Any fees associated with this outing are those that individuals would have incurred had they planned this event themselves, or are legitimate group costs such as lodging and pre-arranged transportation.
  • All SMC outings practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of our public lands and especially wilderness areas.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • The outing begins and ends at the trailhead. SMC does not insure ridesharing arrangements and assumes no oversight for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the drivers and riders.
  • SMC carries communication devices and a medical kit, and requires leaders to have current first aid and CPR training as well as climbing, leadership and SMC policy training.


Sierra Mountaineering Club endorses the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE and expects all participants to abide by the following procedures on public lands.

We Plan Ahead and Prepare By:

  • Checking with local public land agencies
  • Conducting research to know the area and what to expect
  • Encouraging ride sharing to the trailhead
  • Planning travel distances and activities
  • Being prepared for emergencies and changing conditions
  • Selecting the proper equipment for our activities and know how to use them
  • Conducting trainings to increase the safety of our teams

We Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces By:

  • Concentrating trail use in popular areas
  • Hiking on existing trails to minimize impacts to soils and wildlife
  • Selecting an appropriate campsite 200 feet from water and trails
  • When selecting a backcountry campsite, choosing one with a durable surface
  • When going off-trail, spreading our use to avoid trampling vegetation

We Pack It In and Pack It Out By:

  • Reducing litter at the source by minimizing packaging
  • Carrying out all trash, no matter how small

We Properly Dispose of What We Can't Pack Out By:

  • Disposing of urine properly on rocks or durable surfaces
  • Burying human feces in a cathole 6 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, trails and campsites.
  • Carrying out solid waste in areas where required
  • Carrying out all used toilet paper and personal sanitary products
  • Keeping cooking and waste away from water sources
  • Understanding and following all regulations for bear country

We Minimize Use and Impact of Fires By:

  • Using portable camp stoves for cooking
  • If fires are permissible and necessary for warmth or safety, using a mound fire

We Leave What We Find By:

  • Respecting wildlife
  • Minimizing campsite alterations - we believe good campsites are found, not made
  • Avoiding damaging live trees and plants
  • Leaving natural and cultural artifacts

We Are Considerate of Others By:

  • Choose secluded camps and less popular areas to climb
  • Taking rests in areas not visible from the trail
  • Traveling in the smallest groups possible

Recommended Guide Services in California

Unlike SMC, the following are certified guide services. Our partners in climbing offer amazing adventures in the Sierra and beyond:

Sierra Mountain Guides -

Alpine Skills International -

Sierra Mountaineering International -

Mountain Adventure Seminars -

For more information or questions about this outing, please contact the listed event leaders.