Matterhorn Peak

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Matterhorn Peak
MatterhornPeakCA.jpg
Looking west from Horse Creek
Elevation 12,285 ft (3,744 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,559 ft (475 m)[1]
Parent peak Twin Peaks[2]
Listing SPS Emblem peak[3]
Location
Location Mono / Tuolumne counties, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 38°05′36″N 119°22′58″W / 38.0932538°N 119.3826614°W / 38.0932538; -119.3826614Coordinates: 38°05′36″N 119°22′58″W / 38.0932538°N 119.3826614°W / 38.0932538; -119.3826614[4]
Topo map USGS Matterhorn Peak
Climbing
First ascent 1899 by M. R. Dempster and party[5]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[5]

Matterhorn Peak is located in the Sierra Nevada, in the western U.S. state of California, at the northern boundary of Yosemite National Park. At 12,285 feet (3,744 m) elevation, it is the tallest peak in the craggy Alps-like Sawtooth Ridge and the northernmost 12,000-foot (3,700 m) peak in the Sierra Nevada. The peak also supports the Sierra's northernmost glacier system. It was named after the Matterhorn in the Alps.

Jack Kerouac in The Dharma Bums describes a hike up and a run down the mountain. This led to the classic observation, "you can't fall off a mountain."[6]

The peak can be ascended without climbing gear.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Matterhorn Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  4. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 48, 327. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  6. ^ Kerouac, Jack (2006). The Dharma bums. New York: Penguin Books. p. 64. ISBN 0-14-303960-1. 

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