Mount Gibbs

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Mount Gibbs
Mount Gibbs.jpg
Mount Gibbs, June 2004
Elevation 12,779 ft (3,895 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,093 ft (333 m)[1]
Parent peak Mount Dana[2]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[3]
Location
Location Mono and Tuolumne counties, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°52′38″N 119°12′43″W / 37.8771495°N 119.2118164°W / 37.8771495; -119.2118164Coordinates: 37°52′38″N 119°12′43″W / 37.8771495°N 119.2118164°W / 37.8771495; -119.2118164[4]
Topo map USGS Mount Dana
Geology
Type Metamorphic rock
Age of rock Cretaceous
Climbing
First ascent 1864 by Frederick Law Olmsted and William Henry Brewer on horseback[5]
Easiest route Cross-country hike, class 1[5]

Mount Gibbs is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of the U.S. state of California, 2.6 miles (4 km) south of Mount Dana. The mountain was named after Oliver Gibbs, a professor at Harvard University and friend of Josiah Whitney.[6] Its peak lies on the boundary between Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest.

The peak is accessible either from the west, starting at Tioga Pass Road, or from the east, via Bloody Canyon from the trailhead at Walker Lake. (Overnight camping is not permitted on the western side of the mountain, which is part of the protected watershed of Dana Meadows and Tioga Pass.) In the summer the mountain has only patchy snow, on the northern slope. The easiest ascent is via the ridge extending west from the peak; there is a steep section of loose, unstable rocks, leading to the gentle ridge that forms the top of the mountain. Although the top is above the tree line, there is some sparse plant life, including wildflowers. The view of Mono Lake from the summit is partially obstructed by an outcropping to the northeast.

A partial panorama from the summit of Mt. Gibbs. The western ridge of Mount Gibbs is in the foreground at the ridge edge of the photo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Gibbs, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Mount Gibbs". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  4. ^ "Mount Gibbs". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  5. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 397. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  6. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 

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