Mount Morgan (Inyo County, California)

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Mount Morgan
Mt Morgan.jpg
Morgan seen from Little Lakes Valley
Elevation 13,758 ft (4,193 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 2,628 ft (801 m)[2]
Parent peak Mount Humphreys[3]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[4]
Location
Location Inyo County, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°24′19″N 118°43′59″W / 37.405257017°N 118.732925392°W / 37.405257017; -118.732925392Coordinates: 37°24′19″N 118°43′59″W / 37.405257017°N 118.732925392°W / 37.405257017; -118.732925392[1]
Topo map USGS Mount Morgan
Climbing
First ascent About 1870 by the Wheeler Survey party[5]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[4]

Mount Morgan is a mountain located in northwestern Inyo County, California, in the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest.

Geography[edit]

Morgan stands within the endorheic watershed of Owens Lake, now a mostly dry lake since its main source of water, the Owens River, was diverted to supply Los Angeles. The west and north sides of Mt. Morgan drain into Rock Creek, thence into the Owens River. The east and south sides of Morgan drain into Morgan Creek, thence into Pine Creek, and into lower Rock Creek.

Climbing[edit]

Morgan can be accessed by trail from Rock Creek Canyon, above Tom's Place on 395. Its trailhead is at the far end of the lake. The trail is well marked the first 4 miles (6.4 km) to Francis Lake, where it ends. From there it is a scramble up rocky slopes for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the summit.[6]

History[edit]

In 1878 members of the Wheeler Survey, who made the first ascent in about 1870,[5] named the mountain for one of its members, J.H. Morgan of Alabama.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Morgan". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. 
  2. ^ "Mount Morgan, California". Peakbagger.com. 
  3. ^ "Mount Morgan". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf.
  5. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 341. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  6. ^ "Lake Francis Trail". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/158152.
  7. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. p. 224. 

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