Palisades (California Sierra)
North Palisade from Windy Point (by Ansel Adams, 1936)
|Elevation||14,248 ft (4,343 m) NAVD 88|
|Length||30 mi (48 km) North-South|
|Width||21 mi (34 km) East-West|
|Counties||Fresno and Inyo|
The Palisades (or the Palisade Group) are a group of peaks in the central part of the Sierra Nevada in the US state of California. They are located about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of the town of Big Pine, California. The peaks in the group are particularly steep, rugged peaks and "contain the finest alpine climbing in California." The group makes up about 6 miles (10 km) of the Sierra Crest, which divides the Central Valley watershed from the Owens Valley, and which runs generally northwest to southeast.
Summitpost quotes Tom Browning, in Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, as saying:
"The Palisades were named by the Brewer party of the Whitney Survey in 1864. '...along the Main crest of the Sierra is a range of peaks, from 13,500 to 14,000 feet high, which we called "the Palisades." ...they were very grand and fantastic in shape."
- North Palisade, 14,248 ft (4,343 m)
- Mount Sill, 14,159 ft (4,316 m)
- Split Mountain, 14,064 ft (4,287 m)
- Middle Palisade, 14,018 ft (4,273 m)
and the following mountains in addition:
- Mount Agassiz, 13,899 ft (4,236 m), the northwesternmost peak of the group before Bishop Pass.
- Birch Mountain, 13,608 ft (4,148 m), which juts out further towards the Owens Valley than the rest of the group.
- Norman Clyde Peak, 13,861 ft (4,225 m)
- Palisade Crest, 13,559 ft (4,133 m)
- Temple Crag, 12,982 ft (3,957 m), known for its many rock climbing routes.
- Mount Winchell, 13,781 ft (4,200 m)
North Palisade has some additional subpeaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 m); see the North Palisade article for those summits.
- "North Palisade". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- "North Palisade". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-147-6.
- "Palisades". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/171074.
- This uses a topographic prominence cutoff of 300 feet (91 m). See the fourteener article for more information.
- "Palisades". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Birch Mountain". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Palisade Crest". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Temple Crag". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- "Mount Winchell". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
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