Sacramento Mountains (California)
view looking south from River Bridge
(6-(?) miles north of Needles)
|Elevation||3,308 ft (1,008 m)|
|Length||16 mi (26 km) NW-SE|
|Width||10 mi (16 km)|
|District||San Bernardino County|
|Settlement||Needles, CA–Topock, AZ|
|Borders on||Chemehuevi Valley-SW
Piute Wash & I-40-N
|Topo map||USGS Flattop Mountain|
The Sacramento Mountains of California are southwest of Needles and form part of the towns west and southwest border; the range is east of the Piute Mountains and northwest of the Chemehuevi Mountains. The range lies in a northwest-southeasterly direction south of Interstate 40, and reach an elevation of 3,308 feet above sea level at Eagles Peak. The Sacramento Mountains are approximately 16 miles long.
Eagle Pass and Eagle Peak are in the south-center of the range; an unimproved road through Eagle Pass connects Needles to the Ward Valley. Flattop Mountain at 3,029 feet (923 m) lies at the northwest of the range just south of Interstate 40.
The Sacramento Mountains are bordered on the west by the Ward Valley which merges southeasterly into the southeast-draining Chemehuevi Valley and Wash. The southeast of the Sacaramento's merge into a range of equal size, the Chemehuevi Mountains. Both ranges are bordered on the east by a southeast-flowing Colorado River which turns back southwest at the Whipple Mountains.
Needles lies at the east and southeast of the range, as the Colorado River flows along the perimeter of the mountain; the river follows the southwest corner of the Mohave Valley of the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation and Mohave Valley, Arizona. The southeast of the Sacramento Mountains border the Chemehuevi's with higher elevations in the Chemehuevi's along the Colorado. At this southern section of the Mohave Valley, Interstate 40 in California crosses into Arizona south of Topock and the Topock Marsh.
The Chemehuevi Wash and Valley southwest of the Sacramento Mountains is one of the major washes along the west, California side of the Colorado River. The Piute Wash drains northwest of Needles. Mostly minor, shorter length washes and valleys are found southward towards Yuma, Arizona and Winterhaven, California, many miles downstream.
- Allan, Stuart (2005). California Road and Recreation Atlas. Benchmark Maps. pp. s. 107 & 115. ISBN 0-929591-80-1.
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