Route: Saber Ridge (CA)

Submitted by Vitaliy Musiyenko on Sun, 07/25/2021 - 11:00pm
California, US
33.77 mi
Vertical Gain
9,042 ft

Over the last several years the Saber Ridge traverse (5.7-8) became a new High Sierra classic. At this point, it isn't just compared to Matthes Crest due to its quality rock and sustained exposure on the sharp ridge, a lot of climbers claim it to be better. The rock is stellar from the bottom to the top and a lot of the ridge is covered in knobs and chicken heads. The approach starts at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park and takes the High Sierra Trail for just over 11 miles, till it forks up towards the Elizabeth Pass and then takes another turn towards Tamarack Lake. The setting is fantastic, the trail is well maintained, till you go cross country towards Saber Ridge. 

There are several variations that may be found through the headwall on Saber Ridge. The easiest is 5.7, if you find it. If you are planning to onsight solo the route, it is a good idea to be ok with free soloing harder than 5.7, because you may not find it. 

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Start at the Crescent Meadow TH in SEKI.

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