Place Name: Alpine County
Place Description: State: California
Elevation: 9,160 Feet
Prominence: 400 Feet
Elevation Gain: 430 Feet
Wonderful Roadside Attraction
Hidden in plain site, Ebbett’s Peak is a great roadside attraction that offers amazing views at the top of the pass.
- Amazing views
- Fun rock scramble
- Quick trip
- Receives a lot of visitors
- Loose rock on way down
- Close to highway
If you are looking for bang for your buck, Ebbett’s Peak is a wonderful roadside attraction along Highway 4. Most people will recognize this peak as the one with the US Flag on top.
With a minimal effort 15-20 minute hike from the highway, you can be on the summit and enjoying amazing views! Although, this can even be shorter if you drive the .20 miles up the easy dirt road. Seriously, these are views that you should have to hike 5 miles for!
There is a well defined trail that leads you up to the rocky area and then you can spot faint use trails to the top where a beautiful American Flag is flying. While this part of the trail is fairly steep and on some loose rock, it’s not very difficult and anyone should be able to handle this.
The views from the summit are phenomenal. It’s almost like cheating to get these views without even breaking a sweat. Raymond and Reynolds are so close and dominate the views. Mokelumne Peak, Round Top, 4th Of July, Jobs, and Jobs Sister can all be seen clearly. In the other direction, Highland and Silver are ever present and the Ebbett’s area peaks, Tryon, Hiram, Folger, Lookout, And Bull Run make a nice appearance. Leavitt Peak sticks out far in the distance.
There is a summit register below the flag that you can sign into.
Great hike for the little ones
I absolutely loved this stroll to the top of Ebbett’s Peak. Despite the loose rocks on the summit, still would be an easy hike for the kids. My 8-year old did the hike round trip in 36 minutes from the highway. However, I would just keep close tabs on them at the summit as there is a massive drop off the northeast side.
Next time traveling over Highway 4, be sure to check out Ebbett’s Peak!