Mount Gould (California)
Mount Gould's summit from its south ridge, May 2009.
|Elevation||13,011 ft (3,966 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||997 ft (304 m)|
|Parent peak||Diamond Peak|
|Listing||Sierra Peaks Section|
|Location||Fresno and Inyo Counties California, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS Mount Clarence King|
|First ascent||July 20, 1890, by J. N. LeConte, Hubert Dyer, Fred Pheby, and C. B. Lakeman|
|Easiest route||Scramble, class 3 from Kearsarge Pass|
Mount Gould's north-south ridge straddles the boundary between Fresno County and Kings Canyon National Park to the west, and Inyo County and the John Muir Wilderness to the east. Its western slopes drain to the Kings River, and its eastern slopes feed the Owens River. Its nearest neighboring peaks are Dragon Peak to the north across Gould Pass, and Nameless Pyramid to the south across Kearsarge Pass.
The first recorded ascent was in 1890 by Joseph N. LeConte, Hubert P. Dyer, Fred S. Pheby, and C. B. Lakeman. They called it University Peak. They scrambled the talus of Gould's south ridge, and climbed the more solid rock of its summit block. This route, by way of the Kearsarge Pass Trail from the Onion Valley trailhead, remains the easiest and most accessible approach. In 1896, LeConte and a party climbed a higher peak, 2.4 miles (3.9 km) to the south, to which he transferred the name, University Peak. The next day he led a second climb of Mount Gould and named it for his companion, Wilson S. Gould.
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