Approved by: DPS Management Committee, June 1986
Revised June 1986
Price: 50 cents

Membership in the DPS is available to Sierra Club members who have climbed any six peaks on the Peak List. A letter listing the peaks climbed and the dates, the applicant's Sierra Club membership number, and the subscription fee for the section newsletter should be sent to the DPS secretary.

Emblem Status

Emblem status is conferred on DPS members who have been members for one year and who have climbed 15 of the listed peaks including five of the seven emblem peaks. A letter listing the peaks and dates should be sent to the section secretary. Recognition is also given to completion of the list. Emblem pins and list finisher pins can be obtained from the secretary by remitting the cost.

Climbing Difficulty

The climbing class indicates the difficulty of the easiest, but not necessarily the most usual route on the peak. The classes are:
Class 1 - Hands In pockets hiking on trails or easy cross country
Class 2 - Rough cross country trawl - boulder hopping and use of hands for balance
Class 3 - Handholds are necessary for climbing - some people may wish belays because of exposure
Class 4 - More difficult climbing with considerable exposure. Ropes are used.
Class 5 - Technical rock climbing
Class 6 - Rock climbing with artificial aid


The listing of the peaks is arranged in a general north to south and west to east trend. The elevations given are those shown on the listed topographic map. Elevation is in feet except for three Mexican peaks which are in meters. If more than one map is listed, the first contains the peak and the others contain useful approach information. Emblem peaks are capitalized. There are 96 peaks on the list.


All maps in the U.S. are the USGS 15 min. 1:62,500 series except those denoted by an (*) which are the 7-1/2 min. 1:24,000 series. The Mexican maps are the official government 20 min x 15 min, 1:50,000 topographic series.


Some peaks are not named an the map and to aid in locating them, the UTM grid location is given immediately after the name of the peak. The grid is defined by the numbered blue tick marks that are spaced one kilometer apart along the map edge. On recent maps each mark is numbered, while on older maps only one or two are numbered. The small numeral is ignored and only the two large ones need be used. They indicate the easterly and northerly coordinates to the nearest kilometer. A location is designated by a six digit number in which the first three digits is the easterly coordinate to the nearest 100 meters and the last three digits is the northerly coordinate.
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