Sperry Peak is a semi-technical scramble with some exposure. The majority of the route is on the Sunrise Mine Trail, which accesses Lake Elan and Vesper Peak. From the trailhead, the trail ascends through forest gradually to Wirtz Basin, which is more rocky and open. Hikers trend upward until the end of the basin is reached. From here the trail ascends a steep chute via many tight switchbacks to arrive at Headlee Pass. On the other side of the pass, the trail traverses around the base of Sperry to arrive at the lake. To the west is Vesper Peak, to the east is Sperry.
From here on, the route is not an official trail, but rather a scramble. The standard route to the summit of Sperry leaves the official trail at the outlet of the lake, following its eastern shore, then climbing up the welcoming slopes to the notch between Vesper and Sperry Peaks. From here climbers follow the ridge upwards, generally east to the summit. This route involves route finding and some exposure and should only be attempted by those with the adequate skill, experience and equipment.
- 6.4 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 3,800 feet
- Highest Point
- 6,120 feet
Mountain Loop Highway is closed from Deer Creek (milepost 24) to Bedal Creek (milepost 36) for the winter.
Hiking Sperry Peak
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.0250, -121.4779 Open in Google Maps