Clark Range (California)

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For mountains of the same name in the Mojave Desert, see Clark Mountain Range.
Clark Range
Clark Range Yosemite National Park edited.jpg
Clark Range from the north, November 2005
Highest point
Peak Merced Peak
Elevation 11,726 ft (3,574 m)
Coordinates 37°43′0″N 119°22′12″W / 37.71667°N 119.37000°W / 37.71667; -119.37000
Geography
Clark Range.JPG
Country United States
State/Province California
Range coordinates 37°41′N 119°24′W / 37.68°N 119.4°W / 37.68; -119.4Coordinates: 37°41′N 119°24′W / 37.68°N 119.4°W / 37.68; -119.4
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Geology
Type of rock Metamorphic and Igneous
The range from the west, January 2008. Prominent peaks, from left to right, are Mount Clark, Gray Peak, and Red Peak; the bump on Clark's left side is Quartzite Peak.

The Clark Range is a subrange of California's Sierra Nevada in Yosemite National Park.[1]

Geography[edit]

The range extends in a north-south direction from Quarzite Peak (37°43.0′N 119°25.5′W / 37.7167°N 119.4250°W / 37.7167; -119.4250) to Triple Divide Peak (37°38.0′N 119°22.2′W / 37.6333°N 119.3700°W / 37.6333; -119.3700) and separates the drainage basins of the Illilouette Creek from the uppermost portions of the Merced River. The range is named after Mount Clark, which was named after Galen Clark.

A panormic view of nearly the entire Clark Range, as shot from the summit of Vogelsang Peak just after 9am in late June.

The highest peak in the range is Merced Peak at 11,726 feet (3,574 m).[2]

Geology[edit]

Metamorphic rock composes most of the Clark Range, with the granite of Mount Clark's summit being the main exception.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clark Range". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Merced Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  3. ^ Secor, R.J. (1999). The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes and Trails (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 378. ISBN 0-89886-625-1.