Banner Peak

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Not to be confused with Banner Mountain.
Banner Peak
Mt Banner and Thousand Island Lake.jpg
Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake
Elevation 12,942 ft (3,945 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 856 ft (261 m)[1]
Parent peak Mount Ritter[1]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[2]
Location
Location Madera County, California, U.S.
Range Ritter Range, Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966; -119.1951415Coordinates: 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966; -119.1951415[3]
Topo map USGS Mount Ritter
Geology
Type Metavolcanic rock
Age of rock Cretaceous
Climbing
First ascent 1883 by Willard D. Johnson and John Miller[4]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[2]

Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall and there are a several glaciers on its slopes. It lies within the boundaries of the Ansel Adams Wilderness; at the foot of the peak lie Garnet Lake, Lake Ediza, and the famous Thousand Island Lake. Banner Peak is near the town of Mammoth Lakes; from there, climbers can hike to the foot of the mountain where various routes reach the summit, the easiest of which is a class 2[2] from the west end of Thousand Island Lake and then the saddle between Banner Peak and the slightly taller Mount Ritter. Other nearby lakes to the peak include Lake Catherine and Shadow Lake.

The peak was named in 1883 by USGS topographer Willard D. Johnson who observed a banner cloud streaming from the summit.[4]

Banner Peak (right) and Mount Ritter from Garnet Lake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Banner Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  3. ^ "Banner Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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