Bear Creek Spire is a true mountaineer’s peak – it is not easily accessible and it provides one of the finest views in the central Sierra. The beginning of the hike travels through the beautiful Little Lakes Valley from one of the highest trailheads in the Eastern Sierra. The Northeast Ridge offers mainly fourth-class climbing, but with a spectacular ridge traverse to the summit. The shady North Buttress is best climbed in the summer and offers up to 5.8 climbing before joining the Northeast Ridge.


You should be in good physical condition, have some backpacking experience and have the ability to traverse broken uneven slopes with a moderate pack. Prior experience at altitudes above 10,000’ is required. More specifically:

North Arête: You need to be able to follow at the 5.8 level and have experience on multi pitch routes.

Northeast Ridge: Prior experience with roped climbing and ice axe and crampon use.


Price includes guiding, permits, group climbing gear, tents, kitchen gear, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (you bring hot/cold drinks and snack items).

Acclimatization & Physical Training

For proper acclimatization, we suggest spending at least one night at a moderate altitude, higher than 8,000 feet, just prior to the start of the journey. See our detailed tips on acclimatizing an physical training in the “Resources” tab.