Olancha Peak commands a tremendous view of the southern end of the Sierra range as well as much of the Death Valley ranges to the east. The mountain rises to an elevation of 12,120 feet The peak lies on the Sierra crest just off the Pacific Crest Trail, and is often the first Sierra peak climbed by PCTers coming from the south.
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Olancha Peak lies at the southern boundary of the Golden Trout Wilderness. Both access points and all the trail lie outside the Wilderness, so there are no fees or permits needed for this climb last we checked. There is a metal box with a sign-in register at the Sage Flat Trailhead.
On the east side, Sage Flat Road just south of the little community of Olancha provides entry off Highway 395. Approximately half of the 5.8 miles is paved, the other is graded dirt. Follow the road to the end staying on the main path at all forks, and park near the public corral. The trailhead sign is just west of the corral.