Mount Clark (California)

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Mount Clark
Mount Clark west face winter.jpg
West face from Glacier Point Road, January 2008.
Elevation 11,527 ft (3,513 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 722 ft (220 m)[1]
Parent peak Gray Peak[2]
Listing SPS Mountaineers peak[3]
Location Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Range Clark Range
Coordinates 37°41′47″N 119°25′43″W / 37.6963183°N 119.4284859°W / 37.6963183; -119.4284859Coordinates: 37°41′47″N 119°25′43″W / 37.6963183°N 119.4284859°W / 37.6963183; -119.4284859[4]
Topo map USGS Merced Peak
First ascent 1866 by Clarence King and James T. Gardiner[5]
Easiest route Rock climb, class 4[6]

Mount Clark is an 11,527 feet (3,513 m) tall granite peak in the Clark Range. It is a popular destination for mountaineers.

It is named for Galen Clark, an early explorer and the first guardian of Yosemite National Park. The Clark Range, also named for Galen Clark, is a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada. Before it was given its present name, it was known as Gothic Peak and then The Obelisk, the name used by the Whitney Survey.[7] Obelisk Lake, at 9,853 feet (3,003 m) lies on the mountain's northeast flank.


  1. ^ a b "Mount Clark". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Mount Clark". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ "Mount Clark". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. 
  6. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 409–411. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  7. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3. 

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